RUSH TO JUDGMENT - Simeon Rice
An autobiograph published in 2004.
The BUCPOWER.COM review
Simeon has often been described during his career as a wild card, a loose cannon, someone who flies by the seat of his pants, as Tom Cruise's flight officer would have said in "Top Gun". Talented - without question. Outspoken - definitely.
"Rush to Judgment" is Simeon's book of his life. We have all seen the flood of books that appear after a SuperBowl or World Series victory. Pro player talks into tape recorder for a few days, co-author puts it into readable format, book is launched with great fanfare and fans flood to buy said tome.
Perhaps this is no different but it is a book about one of the best Buccaneer players the franchise has ever had and it does tell some very revealing stories about the man himself. This is the man of course who gained national notoriety for his comments about former team-mate Pat Tillman, and then got kicked off the 2003 Pro Bowl team in Hawaii.
The book tells the story of Simeon's life, from growing up in Chicago, through high school and his days at the University of Illinois, to the years he spent playing in what he calls "the armpit of the NFL", Arizona.
he chapters that will have most relevance for Bucs fans, are the ones dealing with his time in Tampa, and in particular the SuperBowl. They are interesting, well written and particularly revealing. As are the parts that talk about other players on the Buccaneer roster such as the outspoken Warren Sapp.
"We had a rookie on the Bucs in 2002 (Russ Hochstein) whom Warren rode the hell out of for months. He was relentless. Finally this guy was cut before we went to the SuperBowl and the team wasn't going to make him a ring. We all thought that sucked but it was Warren who fought for the guy and got him his ring. When I found out, I asked Warren if he had called the guy to let him know. He said 'I ain't calling that ******* white boy'. That's Warren Sapp in a nutshell."
Co-author Mark Stewart has worked on a number of projects with pro players in the past and runs the excellent www.jockbio.com website. He and Simeon have put together a book that deserves its place on the bookshelf of any self-respecting Buccaneer fan, but probably more for the reason of Simeon being a Buc than any other.
"A non-filtered look at a rare man."-- ProFootballWeekly.com