The UFL has signed it’s biggest name to date. Former three time pro bowler, Defensive End Simeon Rice has signed on with the New York Sentinels. While it may be debatable how big of a name Rice still is, there is little doubt that he is the biggest former NFL star to sign with the upstart league.
Rice played his College Football at the University of Illinois. While playing there he set the Big Ten career sack record with 44.5. In his Junior year he set the single season mark with 16. In college Rice played outside linebacker and due to his enormous size, and speed he was often compared to NFL great Lawrence Taylor.
Rice was the third overall pick in the 1996 NFL draft. Drafted by the Arizona Cardinals he went out that year and recorded 12.5 sacks and was named Defensive Rookie of the year. In 1998 he helped lead the Cardinals to the playoffs. Following the 2000 season Rice signed with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Their Rice continued dominating andbecame the second fastest NFL player to record 100 sacks. He led the Bucs to the 2002 Super Bowl Title where he nearly won Super Bowl MVP honors. Midway through the 2006 season he injured his shoulder, and the Bucs placed him on injured reserve. Since he was unwilling to take a pay cut he was later cut by the Bucs.
After short stints with the Denver Broncos and Indianapolis Colts Rice sat out the 2008 NFL season and will now attempt a comeback with the Sentinels of the UFL.