Simeon Rice still isn't happy about the way his six years with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers came to an end.
"I was basically booted out of here," Rice said this week. "I was injured for the very first time, and they treated me like an old, run-down horse."
But Rice holds no grudges against the Tampa Bay scene. That's why on Friday, Rice will be at Push Ultra Lounge in St. Pete to film a pilot for a reality-show concept he developed. Called Spin Masters, it's a competition for DJs — sort of like America's Next Top Model meets America's Best Dance Crew, only for the discotheque set.
The slick Chicago native chatted by phone with tbt* about his venture into reality TV. Here are excerpts.
Before we get to all the DJ stuff, I have to ask the most important question: Did you catch Warren Sapp on Dancing With the Stars?
(laughs) I haven't seen it yet. I heard about it. I was happy for him. On the field, he always tries to dance. He's got the swirl he used to do, that little dance he used to do. He was always trying to move and groove and do things of that nature.
Dancing With the Stars — is that something you would consider doing?
I actually was asked to do that this year. But I passed on it. I was concentrating on other things.
Can you dance?
Can I dance? Of course I can dance! I'm from Chicago, man!
What in your mind makes a good DJ?
Someone who can move the crowd. You take a DJ that can play two different records at the same time and make them one song, be able to blend these two worlds together in a rhythmic sound, and it sounds so original, and it comes through so pure, and it makes people feel. And if you can make people feel in a song, then it takes you to a whole 'nother level.
Who would you say is at the top of the DJ chain right now?
You're talking Bob Sinclair, Tiesto. Hip-hop DJs, you're talking Jazzy Jeff; he's one of the best in the business. I'm a Chicagoan, so Bad Boy Bill. These people are the ones that took the game to where it is right now.
Is there a demand from people to know more about the DJ world?
I think so. I didn't buy into dancing — Dance Crew, Dancing With the Stars, when it first came on. I was like, whatever. I'm not watching that. But then I was able to interpret it for what it really was — great skills, great theatrics, great coordination, great choreography. To be able to see these things blended into a mainstream perspective, those things are always hot.
Are you done with football now, or do you still have a flame for it?
I'm 100 percent, but nothing's biting for me right now. It's hard to go out in that fashion, because it doesn't really embody how I see myself.
So if Jon Gruden called you up tomorrow and said he's got an open roster spot for you, what do you say?
I'll put on a helmet, and then I'll break a record.