Jersey Monday: Simeon Rice

Monday Night Football Matchup: Indianapolis Colts at Tampa Bay Buccaneers

I could have spotlighted my Peyton Manning jersey here, but that would be foolish for two reasons. First, I already did that, way back in January of 2010. Second, Manning isn't playing.

Then again, neither is Simeon Rice, who retired after a brief stint in the UFL in 2009. Rice's last NFL action came not with the Bucs -- with whom he spent the majority of his NFL career -- but with the Colts in 2007. So this actually represents both teams playing tonight.

Still, Rice is known best as a Buc, and this jersey is obviously a Tampa Bay jersey, one of two in my collection. I was working at Westfarms Mall when I got this jersey, and at the time there was a jersey store right across the hall from the store I worked in, so I bought a LOT of jerseys in this period. The Rice pickup was specifically to update the Tampa slot in my collection from the horrid white creamsicle style to the more modern Buccaneers look. I remember buying another jersey the same day I got this one, but for the life of me I can't remember which one it was. That's probably a sign I have too many jerseys (well, that and the fact that I can run "Jersey Monday" for another year or so without any shortage).

Jersey Monday will continue every Monday until I run out of jerseys to spotlight. And since I’ve got more than 150 of them, that could be awhile. For the remainder of the NFL season, Jersey Monday will feature one of the teams playing on Monday Night Football.