Jerry Rice

Jerry Rice

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  • The Jerry Rice Story

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Jerry Rice was born in Crawford, Mississippi, the sixth of eight children. Growing up, Jerry and his brothers helped out with their father's bricklaying business. It was here that most think Jerry developed his now famous hand-eye coordination.

Jerry began playing football his sophomore year of high school. And when it came time for his senior year, the offers to play collegiate ball were endless. Jerry chose Mississippi Valley State.

While playing ball at Mississippi Valley State, Jerry set and broke every school record. But it was his performance in the Blue-Grey game that caught the eye of San Francisco 49ers coach, Bill Walsh. And although Jerry wasn't the fastest player on the field, Walsh recognized his potential. So in the first round of the 1985 draft, on the 16th pick, Jerry Rice became a 49er.

Jerry struggled his rookie year, but had his “coming out” during his second season with the team. He was named NFL Player of the Year by Sports Illustrated and from then on, the records started to fly.

Jerry Rice's sixteen seasons with the 49ers, teamed with Joe Montana, produced a football player who is today recognized as the greatest wide receiver to play in the NFL. He broke record after record on his way to the top; was selected to twelve Pro Bowls, made a Super Bowl appearance and was twice named Player of the Year.

After leaving the 49ers, Rice played for the Oakland Raiders. He excelled with them in the 2001 season, catching 83 passes for 1,139 yards and 9 touchdowns. In 2002 he did even better, catching 92 passes for 1,211 yards and 7 touchdowns, assisting Oakland to a championship appearance in Super Bowl XXXVII. His team lost the game 48-24, but he had a good performance in it, recording 5 receptions for 77 yards and a touchdown. His 48-yard touchdown catch in the fourth quarter made him the first player ever to catch a touchdown pass in four different Super Bowls.

Rice left the Raiders four games into the 2004 season and joined Seattle for the remainder of the year. Rice would play his last post-season game for Seattle which was a lost to St. Louis. He made the Denver Broncos roster as a sixth wide receiver in the summer of 2005, but retired shortly before the season began, the greatest receiver in NFL history. He is considering stepping into the broadcasting booth.

During the 2005-2006 broadcasting season, Rice competed in the reality TV show Dancing with the Stars, where he, to his great surprise, achieved amazing success in the show, reaching the final two and finally losing to singer Drew Lachey and his partner Cheryl Burke. Paired with dancer Anna Trebunskaya, they were considered the underdogs on the show. His amazing work ethic and exceptional sportsmanship charmed many viewers, and his determination also made him a judge's favorite.

As much as playing football means to Jerry, his family is still the most important thing. In September 1987, Jerry married his college sweetheart, Jackie, and together they have three children.

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