Former Superbowl champion Simeon Rice opened up about an extremely sensitive subject on Adam Corolla’s radio show last week. While discussing Bill Cosby and the recent ramifications of the deluge of sexual abuse victims coming out against Cosby, the discussion turned towards Rice’s own experiences in the arena. This left Rice to talk about something he had never spoken of publicly—his own sexual abuse as a child.
Rice gives a stirring and emotional account of what happened to him, and how it has affected him throughout his entire career. “I was sexually abused when I was a little kid. This is the first time I’ve ever mentioned that. When I was a little, little kid, alright. I felt awful about it when I was 16, a teenager and all that, alright … I was probably like, 3, 4 years old, and I remembered it. It was graphic. It was somebody in my family—a woman in my family …”
Rice continues to expound, relating that the images and emotional effects the event had on him never faded, “…throughout my whole life…it bothered me.” The woman who abused Rice later ended up on the streets, only seeing Rice at a funeral. She wanted to embrace him for his the loss of his aunt but all Rice remembers is thinking “back up!”.
During the 1996 draft day (in which Rice was drafted third overall by the Arizona Cardinals) Rice discusses wanting to tell his mother what had happened to him. “…after the draft I was like, ‘I’m gonna tell my mother’ but I never had the need to tell the world. I just told my mom, ‘cause she used to watch me. My mom was emotional. She was crying and everything. I’m like ‘Mom, I’m good now. I’m good. I’ve moved on in my life.”
Rice would later go on to win Superbowl XXXVII with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, along with many honors bestowed upon only the best defensive ends. Through his struggle and adversity from the South Side of Chicago, Simeon Rice bested his demons and even graduated college (a rarity for a professional football player).
Today, Rice stands with very few as 12th all-time on the sack list, behind some of the greatest defensive players in history.
You can visit Rice’s kickstarter for information on his latest project, a movie titled Unsullied.