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Canton Calling: The Case for Simeon Rice

Rice deserves to stand shoulder-to-shoulder with the game's all-time greats. Not eventually, but now.

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On February 4, the Pro Football Hall of Fame Selection Committee selected five modern-era players for enshrinement in 2017. Simeon Rice was not among them. Rice deserves to stand shoulder-to-shoulder with the game's all-time greats. Not eventually, but now.

Rice was not one of the 15 finalists for enshrinement that were identified earlier in January. In fact, it wasn't until 2016, Rice's fourth year of eligibility, that he was even included on the list of the 125 initial candidates released in September! That's inexplicable.

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