Top 100 players in Arizona Cardinals franchise history: No’s 60 to 51
#58 Simeon Rice
Rice played his first five seasons in the NFL with the Cardinals. He was drafted third overall in the first round of the 1996 NFL Draft out of Illinois.
Overall he played 12 seasons in the NFL, however he only spent the first five of them in the desert. He was not happy with the Cardinals and called them “the armpit of the NFL”.
While that stung a lot of fans, it didn’t diminish what he was able to accomplish in a Cardinals uniform. His rookie season was spectacular when he finished with 12.5 sacks.
Thought just four sacks in 1997, he had another great season in 1998, the Cardinals playoff season, finishing with 10 sacks and four fumble recoveries. The next season in 1999 he had five forced fumbles and 16.5 sacks.
He finished his five seasons with the Cardinals in 2000 with 51.5 sacks. In that ’99 season, he made his first Pro Bowl. That would be one of three he went to in his career.