Jerry Rice Speaker Profile
Jerry Rice Biography
Widely regarded as the greatest wide receiver ever and one of the greatest players in NFL history, Jerry Rice was born October 13, 1962. The all-time leader in every major statistical category for wide receivers, Rice was selected to the Pro Bowl 13 times (19861996, 1998, 2002) and named All-Pro 10 times in his 20 NFL seasons. He won three Super Bowl rings playing for the San Francisco 49ers and an AFC Championship with the Oakland Raiders. Watch a highlight video of Jerry Rice speaking.
Rice retired as the leader in a number of statistics. His 1,549 receptions were 447 receptions ahead of the second place record held by Marvin Harrison. His 22,895 receiving yards were 7,961 yards ahead of the second place spot held by his Raiders teammate Tim Brown. His 197 touchdown receptions are 65 scores more than the 132 touchdown receptions by his former 49ers teammate Terrell Owens, and his 208 total touchdowns were 33 scores ahead of Emmitt Smith's second place 175.
To illustrate the significance of his 22,895 receiving yards, if Rice had not gained any other yards on rush attempts or kick returns, his 22,895 receiving yards would still rank him second place on the NFL's list all-purpose yard leaders (category based on combination of rushing, receiving, kick/punt return yards, and interception/fumble return yards).
Rice is remembered for his work ethic and dedication to the game. In his 20 NFL seasons, Rice missed only 10 regular season games, 7 of them in the 1997 season, and the other 3 in the strike-shortened season of 1987. His 303 games are by far the most ever played by an NFL wide receiver, and are only 72 games behind the NFL record for games played by any player. In addition to staying on the field, his work ethic showed in his dedication to conditioning and running precise routes, with coach Dennis Green calling him the best route runner I've ever seen. Also known as one of the best blockers at his position, there was no aspect of playing wide receiver at which Rice did not excel.
In 1999, he was ranked number 2 on The Sporting News list of the 100 Greatest Football Players, behind only Jim Brown, and Rice 35 places ahead of the next-highest-ranked player then active, Deion Sanders would play another five seasons.
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