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Jerry Rice

Age: 51

Current Residence: Atherton, Calif.

Hometown: Crawford, Miss.

Home Golf Course: Sharon Heights Golf and Country Club, Menlo Park, Calif.

College: Mississippi Valley State University

Big Break Season: Big Break NFL Puerto Rico - CHAMPION

NFL Career: San Francisco 49ers (1985-2000); Oakland Raiders (2001-04); Seattle Seahawks (2005); Pro Football Hall of Fame Class of 2010

 

On the Field

- Pro Football Hall-of-Fame Member (2010)

- Selected by NFL Films production, The Top 100: NFL’s Greatest Players, as the greatest player in NFL history

- All-time leader in most statistical categories for wide receivers, including the all-time NFL leader in touchdowns, receptions and receiving yards

- 13-time NFL Pro Bowler

- Two-time NFL Offensive Player of the Year

- Three-time Super Bowl Champion; Super Bowl XXIII (1989) MVP

- 1980’s and 1990’s NFL All-Decade Team

- Member of the NFL 75th Anniversary All-Time Team

On the Golf Course

- Scratch Handicap

- Finished 10th in the 2009 American Century Championship

- Competed in four Web.com Tour events (2010-12)

About the Jerry Rice 127 Foundation

The Jerry Rice 127 Foundation provides financial support to agencies and organizations in the San Francisco Bay Area and beyond dedicated to helping children and their families. Established in 1994, the goal of the 127 Foundation is simple:  to help all children be the best they can be – give them hope and support to overcome life’s challenges and live up to their potential.  The foundation’s belief is that children will make better choices in life, securing a brighter future, through the support of strong role models, encouragement and love. 

About Jerry Rice

Hall of Fame wide receiver and three-time Super Bowl champion Jerry Rice is widely regarded as the best wide receiver to ever play in the National Football League, and arguably the greatest player of all time. During his 15-year career with the San Francisco 49ers, Rice won three Super Bowls (Super Bowl XXIII (’88), Super Bowl XXIV (’89) and SB XXIX (’94)) and one Super Bowl MVP. He enjoyed three seasons with the Oakland Raiders, including a Super Bowl appearance and one season with the Seattle Seahawks before retiring in 2005. Rice was elected into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in January 2010, his first year of eligibility.

Rice’s meticulous preparation and work ethic during his 20-year NFL career became legendary. He holds 36 NFL records – a record in itself – including scoring the most touchdowns in NFL history (208) and holds virtually every significant career receiving record, including receptions (1,549), yards receiving (22,895), all-purpose yards (23,546), touchdown receptions (197) and consecutive games with at least one catch (274).

After his retirement, Rice’s celebrity has grown beyond the football field. He finished second in the second season of the ABC hit-reality show Dancing with the Stars and has appeared on NBC’s Deal or No Deal and Law and Order SVU, FOX’s Don’t Forget the Lyrics, CBS’s The Class, CW’s The Game and One Tree Hill, Spike TV’s Pros vs. Joes, ABC’s American Inventor and The Biggest Loser. Rice also previously co-hosted “Sports Sundays” with Raj Mathai on the San Jose NBC local affiliate. He is currently in a multi-year marketing contract with Van Heusen and part of his endorsement includes an international advertising campaign.

Born in Crawford, Miss., Rice did not start playing football until he was a sophomore in high school. Despite becoming an All-State player, Rice was not recruited by many major college football programs and attended Mississippi Valley State University, a Division I-AA school. As a senior, he broke NCAA records for receptions, yards and touchdowns and acquired the nickname “World” because there wasn’t a ball in the world he couldn’t catch. MVSU later renamed its football stadium Rice-Totten Stadium in honor of Rice and quarterback Willie Totten.  He was elected into the College Football Hall of Fame in 2006.

In 1985, Rice caught the eye of future 49ers Hall of Fame head coach Bill Walsh who drafted him with the 16th overall pick in the 1985 draft. In only his second season, Rice set the NFL record for touchdown receptions with 22 – a feat even more significant because the season was shortened to 12 games because of the players’ strike. By the late 1980s, Rice had become one of the biggest receiving threats in the NFL, teaming with Hall of Fame quarterbacks Joe Montana and Steve Young to win three championships. After leaving the 49ers, Rice continued to excel, having his 13th and 14th 1,000-yard receiving seasons and scoring his 200th TD in 2002 with Oakland.

During his career, Rice was selected to the Pro Bowl a record 13 times, won the NFL Most Valuable Player Award in 1987 and was Super Bowl MVP in Super Bowl XXIII.  In 1999, he was ranked No. 2 inThe Sporting News’ list of 100 Greatest Football Players – the highest-ranked active player and receiver – and in 2010, was voted the No. 1 player in the NFL Network's The Top 100: NFL's Greatest Players.

Rice resides in the San Francisco Bay Area and has four children.