Rice Named NFC Defensive Player of the Month

January 10 - The National Football League named Tampa Bay DE Simeon Rice NFC Defensive Player of the Month on Thursday. Rice recorded eight sacks in five games in December, and leads Tampa Bay's defense with 11 this season.

The NFL announced on Thursday that Bucs DE Simeon Rice was named NFC Defensive Player of the Month.

Rice's eight sacks in December led any other player in the league. Rice also recorded 21 tackles, forced one fumble and defended two passes in Tampa Bay's five games in December.

Rice leads the Bucs defense in sacks (11) and tackles (64) this season. This award is Rice's first Player of the Month Award since entering the NFL six years ago out of the University of Illinois.

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