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Rice says he'll legitimize UFL

Posted by ESPN.com’s Pat Yasinskas

The United Football League just sent out a press release that has some pretty strong quotes from former Buccaneer Simeon Rice.

He opens the season Saturday night as a member of the Florida Tuskers, based in Orlando. Rice, 33, had been away from football for two years with a shoulder injury and has repeatedly said he thinks he still can play in the NFL.

“I can legitimize this league,” Rice said. “This would be looked at as an amateur or junior league, but I’m going to make it what it’s supposed to be. I’m going to give the rare talent of elite football to the UFL. Someone who has done the things I’ve done wouldn’t normally be in this situation, but I don’t mind taking one step back to take 10 steps forward.”