Jerry Rice is an American former professional football player who was a wide receiver in the National Football League (NFL), primarily with the San Francisco 49ers. Due to his numerous records, accomplishments, and accolades, he is widely regarded as the greatest wide receiver in NFL history.
Jerry Lee Rice was born in Starkville, Mississippi, and grew up in the town of Crawford, Mississippi, as the son of a brick mason. He attended B. L. Moor High School in Oktoc, Mississippi. According to his autobiography Rice, his mother did not allow him to join the school’s football team in his freshman year. When Rice was a sophomore, the school’s principal caught Rice being truant. After Rice sprinted away, the principal told the school’s football coach about Rice’s speed and he was offered a place on the team. While at B. L. Moor, Rice also played basketball and was on the track and field team.
Rice attended Mississippi Valley State University from 1981 to 1984. He became a standout receiver and acquired the nickname “World” due to “his ability to catch anything near him.” In 1982, Rice played his first season with redshirt freshman quarterback Willie Totten. Rice caught 66 passes for 1,133 yards and seven touchdowns as a sophomore that year. Together, Totten and Rice became known as “The Satellite Express” and set numerous NCAA records in the spread offense of coach Archie Cooley, nicknamed “The Gunslinger”.
At the conclusion of the 2004 season—his 20th in the NFL—Rice initially opted to join the Denver Broncos for a one-year deal. Since August 2006, the 49ers announced that Rice would sign a contract with them. Similarly, allowing him to retire as a member of the team where his NFL career began. On August 24, he officially retired as a 49er, signing a one-day contract for $1,985,806.49. Likewise, the figure was ceremonial, and Rice received no money. There was a halftime ceremony to honor him during the 49ers’ match-up with the Seattle Seahawks on November 19, 2006.
Over the course of his career, Rice played more games than any non-placekicker or punter in NFL history, playing 303 games overall. (Quarterback George Blanda played 340 games, but he was also a placekicker.)
Jerry tied a knot to Jacqueline Bernice Mitchell on September 8, 1987. Jacqueline Rice filed for divorce in June 2007, which became final in late December 2009. They have three children together: Jacqui Bonet (born 1987), Jerry Rice, Jr. (born 1991), and Jada Symone (born 1996). Jerry Jr., who attended high school at Menlo School in Atherton, California, graduated in 2009. Jerry Jr. was a walk-on at UCLA and redshirted his first season.
- Full Name: Jerry Lee Rice Sr.
- Date of Birth: October 13, 1962
- Age: 57 years
- Birth Place: Starkville, Mississippi, United States
- 40 yard dash time: 4.71 seconds
- School: Mississippi Valley State University
- Spouse: Jacqueline Bernice Mitchell (m since 1987–2009)
- Number: 80 (San Francisco 49ers / Wide receiver), etc.
- Height: 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
- Weight: 200 lb (91 kg)
- Career information
- High school: Moor (Oktoc, Mississippi)
- College: Mississippi Valley State
- NFL Draft: 1985 / Round: 1 / Pick: 16
- Position: Wide receiver
- Net Worth: $55 million
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