Jerry Rice

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Jerry Rice is considered to be the greatest wide receiver in National Football League history.  Sports Speaker Rice holds nearly all of the major records in the receiving category including yards, touchdowns, and receptions.  Jerry began his stardom from humble beginnings in Starkville, Mississippi.  He turned into a standout wide receiver in high school, and it took him to Mississippi Valley State on a football scholarship.  At the Division I-AA level Rice dominated his competition setting the NCAA record at the time for receiving touchdowns at 50 for his career.  Rice was drafted in the 1985 NFL Draft with the 16th overall pick by the San Francisco 49’ers.

Upon entering the NFL, Rice was poised to make an immediate impact.  In his first full season in the NFL, Rice was named the 1985 NFL Offensive Rookie of the year when he amassed over 900 yards receiving.  Over the next 10 seasons Rice asserted himself as the best receiver in the league.  He compiled over 1000 yards in each season and scored double-digit touchdowns in each campaign.  In 1987, Jerry Rice was name NFL Offensive Player of the Year for his then record setting 22 touchdown season that came in a strike shortened 12-game season.  Rice played 16 years in total with the 49er’s splitting his time with two Hall of Fame Quarterbacks in Joe Montana and Steve Young. The 49ers won Super Bowls XXIII, XXIV, XXIX while with the 49ers, and he was named Super Bowl XXIII MVP. Following the 2000 season Rice left the 49ers to take his talents to the Oakland Raiders.  He played there for 3 1/2 seasons and enjoyed moderate success, earning a Pro Bowl appearance in 2002.  Rice ended his career in 2004 with the Seattle Seahawks after being traded by the Raiders.

Jerry Rice finished his career with 13 Pro Bowl selections, 3x NFC Offensive Player of the Year Awards, 10x First Team All-Pro Selections, and 3 Super Bowl Rings.  He was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2010.  The final career stats for Rice are 1549 receptions, 22,895 yards, and 208 touchdowns.  Off of the football field Rice has appeared in commercials for Visa and Gatorade among others, and he has been used sparingly as an NFL analyst on ESPN.  Jerry is also an avid golfer and has authored two books Rice and Go Long: My Journey Beyond the Game and the Fame.  In addition, Rice has 3 children with this ex-wife Jacqueline.