I’ve just written a Dallas Morning News
editorial about Pat Tillman’s sacrifice. I ran across an utterly disgraceful
quote from a contemptible man, Tampa Bay Buccaneer Simeon Rice, who had this
to say when his former Arizona Cardinals teammate enlisted in 2002 (the
whole article is
Someone who wasn’t overly impressed with Pat Tillman’s call to duty was
Simeon Rice, a former Cardinals teammate who now is with the Tampa Bay
Buccaneers. Earlier this year, on Jim Rome’s national radio show, Rice said
Tillman “wasn’t that good, not really.” He went on to imply that Tillman
probably wasn’t going to be around the NFL much longer anyway, so joining
the Army was no big deal.
Only after Rome gave him repeated opportunities to amend his comments did
Rice finally say, “I think it’s very admirable, actually.” He added of
Tillman’s motivation: “Maybe it was the Rambo movies? Maybe it’s Sylvester
Stallone and Rocky?”
Pat Tillman. Simeon Rice. Which one do you want your sons to be like?