Rice Named NFC Defensive Player Of The Month

November 27 – Tampa Bay defensive end Simeon Rice had a phenomenal outing in November and the National Football League recognized his outstanding play by naming Rice the NFC Defensive Player of the Month on Wednesday. Rice recorded six sacks, 17 tackles, two forced fumbles and a pass defensed in the month of November.

Buccaneers right defensive end Simeon Rice was quite a productive player during the month of November and the National Football League recognized Rice's sensational outing this month when they named him NFC Defensive Player of the Month on Wednesday.

"To be honest, I can't sit back and relish it right now," Rice said of the award Wednesday. "It is one of those things I put on the shelf and look back. It's a situation when I look back in hindsight, I will say wow, I did some things. But right now I am in the fight of my life. There is a much bigger picture. It's about championships."

Rice, who currently leads the league in sacks with 11.5, recorded six sacks, 17 tackles, two forced fumbles and a pass defensed during Tampa Bay's 3-0 outing in November.

Rice has recorded nine sacks in his last five games and has posted four straight two-sack games, which tied a NFL single-season record. Rice leads Bucs defensive linemen with 55 tackles, five forced fumbles and nine passes defensed through 11 games.

This is just the second time Rice has received this award, but it marks the second consecutive month that a Tampa Bay player has received the award after weakside linebacker Derrick Brooks was named NFC Defensive Player of the Month for October.


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