Jerry Rice

Jerry Lee Rice Sr (born October 13, 1962) is a former American football wide receiver who played in the NFL (National Football League), primarily with the San Francisco 49ers. He is considered to be among the greatest wide receivers in NFL history.[2][3][4][5]

Rice is the career leader in most major statistical categories for wide receivers,[6] including receptions, touchdown receptions, and receiving yards, once being the leader for total yards and touchdowns in a season. He has scored more points than any other non-kicker in NFL history with 1,256.[7] Rice was selected to the Pro Bowl 13 times (1986–1996, 1998, 2002) and named All-Pro 12 times in his 20 NFL seasons. He won three Super Bowls with the 49ers and an AFC Championship with the Oakland Raiders. As of 2017, Rice holds over 100 NFL records, the most of any player by a wide margin. In 1999, The Sporting News listed Rice second behind Jim Brown on its list of "Football's 100 Greatest Players".[8] In 2010, he was chosen by NFL Network's NFL Films production The Top 100: NFL's Greatest Players as the greatest player in NFL history. Rice was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2010 and the College Football Hall of Fame in 2006.

Jerry Rice Sr
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Rice in 2006
No. 80
Position:Wide receiver
Personal information
Born:October 13, 1962 (age 56)
Starkville, Mississippi
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
Career history
 * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Career highlights and awards
NFL records
Career NFL statistics
Receiving yards:22,895
Yards per reception:14.8
Receiving touchdowns:197
Player stats at

Early years

Jerry Lee Rice was born in Starkville, Mississippi, and grew up in the small town of Crawford, Mississippi, as the son of a brick mason.[9] 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.[10]

College career

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."[11] In 1982, Rice played his first season with redshirt freshman quarterback Willie Totten.[11] Rice caught 66 passes for 1,133 yards and seven touchdowns as a sophomore that year.[12] 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".[11]

Rice had a record-setting 1983 campaign, including NCAA marks for receptions (102) and receiving yards (1,450), and was named a first-team Division I-AA All-American.[13] He also set a single-game NCAA record by catching 24 passes against Louisiana's Southern University.[11] As a senior in 1984, he broke his own Division I-AA records for receptions (112) and receiving yards (1,845). His 27 touchdown receptions in that 1984 season set the NCAA record for all divisions.[11]

The 1984 Delta Devils scored 628 points in 11 games, an average of more than 57 per game. Subsequent to an August practice experiment, Cooley had Totten call all the plays at the line of scrimmage without a huddle. The result was even more staggering offensive numbers. Rice caught 17 passes for 199 yards against Southern, 17 for 294 against Kentucky State, and 15 for 285 against Jackson State. He scored five touchdowns in a single game twice that year. Rice was named to every Division I-AA All-America team (including the Associated Press squad) and finished ninth in Heisman Trophy balloting in 1984. In the Blue–Gray Classic all-star game played on Christmas Day, he earned MVP honors.[14] He finished his career with 301 catches for 4,693 yards and 50 touchdowns; his NCAA record for total career touchdown receptions stood until 2006, when University of New Hampshire wide receiver David Ball recorded his 51st career receiving touchdown.

Rice became a member of Phi Beta Sigma fraternity at the Delta Phi chapter while at Valley.[15] In the spring of 1999, the school renamed its football stadium from Magnolia Stadium to Rice–Totten Stadium in honor of Rice and Totten. Rice was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame on August 12, 2006.[16]

Professional career

San Francisco 49ers

Rice's record-breaking season at Mississippi Valley State caught the attention of many NFL scouts, but his below-average speed kept most teams wary. Sources vary on his 40-yard dash time, which was reportedly as slow as 4.71 seconds.[17][18] Nevertheless, the Dallas Cowboys and San Francisco 49ers showed interest in him.[19] In the first round of the 1985 NFL Draft, Dallas had the 17th selection and San Francisco, as Super Bowl champion from the previous season, had the last. 49ers coach Bill Walsh reportedly sought Rice after watching highlights of Rice the Saturday night before San Francisco was to play the Houston Oilers on October 21, 1984. On draft day, the 49ers traded its first two picks for the New England Patriots' first-round choice, the 16th selection overall, and selected Rice before, as some report, the Cowboys were intending to pick him. Rice was prized more highly by the USFL, as he was the number-one pick overall in that league's 1985 draft, selected by the Birmingham Stallions, but the USFL would fold after the 1986 season.

Jerry Rice jersey
Rice's No. 80 jersey from December 1987, when he set a new record for touchdowns and receptions with the 49ers

Although he struggled at times (dropping numerous passes), Rice impressed the NFL in his rookie season for the 49ers in 1985, especially after a 10-catch, 241-yard game against the Los Angeles Rams in December. For that rookie season, he recorded 49 catches for 927 yards, averaging 18.9 yards per catch and was named the NFC Offensive Rookie of the Year by United Press International (UPI).[20] The following season, he caught 86 passes for a league-leading 1,570 yards and 15 touchdowns. It was the first of six seasons in which Rice led the NFL in receiving yards and touchdown receptions. In 1987, he was named the NFL's MVP by the Newspaper Enterprise Association—which was voted on by NFL players—and the Pro Football Writers Association.[21] The AP deemed him the Offensive Player of the Year.[22] He was also awarded the Bert Bell Award from the Maxwell Football Club as the NFL player of the year.[23] Despite playing in only 12 games that year due to an NFL players strike, he still managed to gain 1,078 receiving yards and an NFL-record 22 touchdown receptions which stood until 2007 when it was broken by Randy Moss (with Moss catching 23 touchdowns in 16 games).[24] In 1987, the runner-up to Rice in touchdown receptions was Philadelphia Eagles receiver Mike Quick with 11. This marked the first time in post-NFL–AFL merger history that a category leader doubled the total of his nearest competitor.[25]

In 1988, Rice averaged a career-high 20.4 yards per catch (64 passes for 1,306 yards) and 9 touchdowns. The 49ers once again won the NFC West with a 10–6 record. In the postseason, he was instrumental in the 49ers' 28–3 win over the Chicago Bears in the NFC title game, recording 5 catches for 123 yards and 2 touchdowns. But his performance in Super Bowl XXIII was even better. In possibly his finest performance ever, Rice caught 11 passes for 215 yards and a touchdown, while also rushing for 5 yards, helping the 49ers to a narrow 20–16 win over the Cincinnati Bengals. His receptions and receiving yards were both Super Bowl records.[26] For his performance, he became the third wide receiver to earn Super Bowl MVP honors.

In 1989, San Francisco made it back to the Super Bowl, aided by Rice's 82 receptions for 1,483 yards and 17 touchdowns during the season, and his 12 catches for 169 yards and two touchdowns in their two playoff games. He was once again a major factor in the 49ers championship win, finishing Super Bowl XXIV with seven catches for 148 yards and a Super Bowl record three touchdown receptions.

Rice had another superb season in 1990, leading the NFL in receptions (100), receiving yards (1,502), and receiving touchdowns (13) and becoming the first player to lead the NFL in all three categories in the Super Bowl Era. Only Sterling Sharpe (1992) and Steve Smith Sr. (2005) have managed the feat since. In a week-six match-up with the Atlanta Falcons, Rice caught a career-best 5 touchdowns. San Francisco finished the year with an NFL-best 14–2 record, but failed to "3-peat" as Super Bowl champions, losing to the New York Giants 15–13 in the NFC title game.

After seasons of 80 catches for 1,206 yards and 14 touchdowns in 1991, 84 catches for 1,201 yards and 10 touchdowns in 1992, and 98 catches for 1,503 yards and 15 touchdowns in 1993, Rice made it back to the Super Bowl with the 49ers in the 1994 season, recording a career-high 112 receptions for 1,499 yards and 13 touchdowns. During the 49ers' first game of that season against the Los Angeles Raiders, he caught 7 passes for a season-high 169 yards and two touchdowns (and rushed for one more), moving into first place in the NFL records for career touchdowns, with 127. In Week 3, his 147 receiving yards moved him past Art Monk as the NFL's active leader, and also past Charlie Joiner for 3rd all-time. He would pass Steve Largent for 2nd place in Week 16.[27] Although he only caught 6 passes in San Francisco's 2 playoff games that year, he proved to be a vital component in their 49–26 victory over the San Diego Chargers in Super Bowl XXIX, recording 10 receptions for 149 yards and 3 touchdowns—despite playing with a separated shoulder for much of the game.[28][29]

In 1995, Rice caught a career-high 122 passes for a then-NFL record 1,848 receiving yards and 15 touchdowns (along with 1 touchdown each by way of running, passing, and recovering a fumble). However, the 49ers lost in the divisional playoffs to the Green Bay Packers, despite Rice's impressive 11-catch, 117-yard performance. The following year, he recorded 108 receptions (again leading the NFL) for 1,254 yards and eight touchdowns. San Francisco won in the wild card round, but once more lost to the Packers in the divisional playoffs. In his three seasons between 1994 and 1996, Rice had racked up 342 catches for 4,601 yards and 36 touchdowns.

During the 49ers' opening game of the 1997 season, he tore the anterior cruciate and medial collateral ligaments in his left knee on a reverse. Warren Sapp of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers grabbed Rice by the face-mask and wrenched him to the ground with it, drawing a 15-yard personal foul.[30] The injury broke his streak of 189 consecutive games played. Fourteen weeks later, he made his return, much earlier than doctors wanted him to. He scored a touchdown, but when he came down with the catch, he cracked the patella in his left kneecap.[31] He was forced to miss the Pro Bowl for the first time in 11 years. However, he made a full recovery, coming back in 1998 to record 82 catches for 1,157 yards and nine touchdowns and being named to his 12th Pro Bowl.

The 1999 season was the first that Rice failed to reach 1,000 yards receiving while playing in all 16 games. The same thing happened in 2000, his final season in San Francisco.

Oakland Raiders

With the emergence of Terrell Owens in San Francisco, and because of their desire to rebuild the team and clear salary, Rice left the 49ers and signed with the Oakland Raiders, following the conclusion of the 2000 season.[32] He joined a Raiders team coming off a loss in the AFC playoffs, to form one of the oldest receiver duos with Tim Brown.

The two played well together, as Rice caught 83 passes for 1,139 yards and nine touchdowns. In 2002, he caught 92 passes for 1,211 yards and seven touchdowns, was named to his 13th Pro Bowl, and assisted Oakland to an AFC championship and appearance in Super Bowl XXXVII. His team lost 48–21 to the Buccaneers in the Super Bowl, with Rice recording five receptions for 77 yards and a touchdown. His 48-yard touchdown catch in the fourth quarter made him the first player to catch a touchdown pass in four Super Bowls.

On November 11, 2002, against the Denver Broncos, Rice scored his 200th career touchdown, and surpassed Walter Payton to become the NFL's career leader in total yardage. Oakland dropped from an 11–5 record in 2002 to a 4–12 record in 2003, leading to frustration from Rice about his role on the team. He eventually requested to be traded.[33]

Seattle Seahawks

Rice was traded to the Seattle Seahawks six games into the 2004 season, in exchange for a conditional 2005 7th round pick (condition not met) and was reunited with Seattle head coach Mike Holmgren, who had previously worked with Rice as San Francisco's offensive coordinator. After speaking with Hall of Fame wide receiver Steve Largent, Rice was granted permission to wear Largent's retired jersey number 80.[34]

In a Monday Night Football game against the Dallas Cowboys, Rice set the career NFL record for combined net yards by catching a 27-yard touchdown pass from Matt Hasselbeck.[35] He finished that game with 8 catches for 145 yards and a touchdown.[36] Rice played his last non-preseason professional game for Seattle—a wildcard loss to the St. Louis Rams in which he did not catch a pass.

In total Rice had 362 receiving yards and three touchdowns with the Seahawks. At the age of 41, he managed to play 17 games in a 16-game season; because he was traded before Oakland's bye week and after Seattle's, he played 6 games for the Raiders and 11 for the Seahawks.


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,[37] but ultimately decided he would rather retire than be at the bottom of any team's depth chart.[38]

In August 2006, the 49ers announced that Rice would sign a contract with them, 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. The number represented the year Rice was drafted (1985), his number (80), the year he retired (2006), and the 49ers (49). The figure was ceremonial, and Rice received no money.[39] There was a halftime ceremony to honor him during the 49ers' match-up with the Seattle Seahawks on November 19, 2006.[40]

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 Rice signing autographs 2006
Rice signing autographs in 2006

Rice holds numerous NFL receiving records. His 1,549 career receptions are 307 receptions ahead of the second place record held by Tony Gonzalez. His 22,895 career receiving yards are 6,616 yards ahead of the second place spot held by Larry Fitzgerald. His 197 career touchdown receptions are 41 scores more than the second place record of 156 touchdown receptions by Randy Moss, and his 208 total touchdowns (197 receiving, 10 rushing, and one fumble recovery) are 33 scores ahead of Emmitt Smith's second place total of 175. He also threw a touchdown pass against the Atlanta Falcons in a 1995 regular season game. His 1,256 career points scored make him the highest-scoring non-kicker in NFL history. During a career spanning two decades, Rice averaged 75.6 receiving yards per game.

Rice is remembered also as one of the best clutch players in football history. He was a crucial part of the 49ers victory in Super Bowl XXIII. Down 16-13 with less than three minutes to play, quarterback Joe Montana led the 49ers in the game-winning drive with 36 seconds left on the clock. Rice was instrumental in that drive, catching three passes, and was voted the Super Bowl MVP. Rice often made game winning catches throughout his career. Known as one of the best blockers at his position, there was no aspect of playing wide receiver at which Rice did not excel.

Rice is also remembered for his work ethic and dedication to the game. In his 20 NFL seasons, Rice missed only 17 regular season games, 14 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. 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." One of the best known examples of his dedication and ethic may be "The Hill", a long and steep hill in Edgewood County Park & Natural Preserve, that is "two and a half miles up". Rice would sprint across the hill literally every day to improve his abilities. "The Hill" has served as an inspiration for many other players in the 49ers organization, among them former first-round pick wide receiver A.J. Jenkins, who neglected to train with Rice on "The Hill", and was subsequently traded.

In 1999, Rice was ranked number two on the Sporting News' list of the 100 Greatest Football Players, behind only Jim Brown, and was 35 places ahead of the next-highest-ranked player then active, Deion Sanders.[8] In 2000, Rice won the ESPY Award for Pro Football Player of the Decade for the 1990s. On November 4, 2010, he was ranked number one on The Top 100: NFL's Greatest Players.

In 2011, The Sports Network awarded the inaugural Jerry Rice Award, to be given each year to the most outstanding freshman Football Championship Subdivision (formerly I-AA) player. The inaugural winner was Towson running back Terrance West.[41]

In January 2015, Rice admitted to putting Stickum, a substance that makes the ball easier to catch and hold on to, on his gloves during his career, saying "I know this might be a little illegal, guys, but you put a little spray, a little stickum on them, to make sure that texture is a little sticky".[42] Stickum was banned in the NFL in 1981, four years before Rice joined the league.[43] Rice's contention that "all players" in his era used stickum[44] was refuted by Pro Football Hall of Fame contemporaries Cris Carter[45] and Michael Irvin.[46]

Rice was selected for induction in the Pro Football Hall of Fame class of 2010 in his first year of eligibility. He was inducted in Canton, Ohio on August 7, 2010, alongside Emmitt Smith, Floyd Little, Russ Grimm, Rickey Jackson, Dick LeBeau, and John Randle.[47] On September 20, 2010, during halftime of a game against the Saints, the 49ers retired Rice's No. 80 jersey.[48]

NFL career statistics

Led the league
NFL record
Bold Career high
Season Receiving Rushing
Year Team GP GS Rec Yards Avg Lng TD Att Yards Avg Lng TD
1985 SF 16 4 49 927 18.9 66 3 6 26 4.3 15 1
1986 SF 16 15 86 1,570 18.3 66 15 10 72 7.2 18 1
1987 SF 12 12 65 1,078 16.6 57 22 8 51 6.4 17 1
1988 SF 16 16 64 1,306 20.4 96 9 13 107 8.2 29 1
1989 SF 16 16 82 1,483 18.1 68 17 5 33 6.6 17 0
1990 SF 16 16 100 1,502 15.0 64 13 2 0 0.0 2 0
1991 SF 16 16 80 1,206 15.1 73 14 1 2 2.0 2 0
1992 SF 16 16 84 1,201 14.3 80 10 9 58 6.4 26 1
1993 SF 16 16 98 1,503 15.3 80 15 3 69 23.0 43 1
1994 SF 16 16 112 1,499 13.4 69 13 7 93 13.3 28 2
1995 SF 16 16 122 1,848 15.1 81 15 5 36 7.2 20 1
1996 SF 16 16 108 1,254 11.6 39 8 11 77 7.0 38 1
1997 SF 2 1 7 78 11.1 16 1 1 -10 -10.0 -10 0
1998 SF 16 16 82 1,157 14.1 75 9 0 0 0.0 0 0
1999 SF 16 16 67 830 12.4 62 5 2 13 6.5 11 0
2000 SF 16 16 75 805 10.7 68 7 1 -2 -2.0 -2 0
2001 OAK 16 15 83 1,139 13.7 40 9 0 0 0.0 0 0
2002 OAK 16 16 92 1,211 13.2 75 7 3 20 6.7 12 0
2003 OAK 16 15 63 869 13.8 47 2 0 0 0.0 0 0
2004 OAK 6 5 5 67 13.4 18 0 0 0 0.0 0 0
2004 SEA 11 9 25 362 14.5 56 3 0 0 0.0 0 0
Career[49] 303 284 1,549 22,895 14.8 96 197 87 645 7.4 43 10
16 yrs SF 238 224 1281 19,247 15.0 96 176 84 625 7.4 43 10
4 yrs OAK 54 51 243 3,286 13.5 75 18 3 20 6.7 12 0
1 yr SEA 11 9 25 362 14.5 56 3 0 0 0 0 0

NFL records

As of the end of the 2016 NFL season, Rice holds the following league records:[49][50][51]

  • Most career regular season games played by a position player: 303
  • Most career receiving yards: 22,895
  • Most career receptions: 1,549
  • Most career touchdown receptions: 197
  • Most career yards from scrimmage: 23,540 (22,895 receiving, 645 rushing)
  • Most career touchdowns from scrimmage: 207 (197 receiving, 10 rushing)
  • Most career all purpose yards: 23,546 (22,895 receiving, 645 rushing, 6 kick returns)
  • Most career all purpose touchdowns: 208 (197 receiving, 10 rushing, 1 fumble recovery)
  • Most seasons of 1,000 or more receiving yards: 14
  • Fastest player to reach 100 touchdown receptions: 120 GP
  • Fastest player to reach 12,000 receiving yards: 142 GP
  • Fastest player to reach 13,000 receiving yards: 156 GP
  • Fastest player to reach 14,000 receiving yards: 164 GP
  • Fastest player to reach 15,000 receiving yards: 172 GP

Media work

Rice and quarterback Steve Young appeared together in Visa, All Sport, and Gatorade commercials when they were both playing for the 49ers.

During the 2005–2006 broadcasting season, Rice competed in the reality show Dancing with the Stars. He was paired with dancer Anna Trebunskaya, and they reached the final two before losing to singer Drew Lachey and his partner Cheryl Burke. In 2009, Rice portrayed Hal Gore in the film Without a Paddle: Nature's Calling. In the same year, he guest starred as himself in the episode "Lyin' King" on the sitcom Rules of Engagement.

Rice has co-authored two books about his life: Rice (with Michael Silver, published 1996, ISBN 0-312-14795-3) and Go Long: My Journey Beyond the Game and the Fame (with Brian Curtis, published 2007, ISBN 0-345-49611-6). He co-hosts Sports Sunday with NBC sportscaster Raj Mathai, a prime time sports show shown in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Rice is a supporter of chiropractic care and is a spokesperson for the Foundation for Chiropractic Progress.

Rice and his dog, Nitus, were featured in Jerry Rice & Nitus' Dog Football, a video game for the Wii that was released on August 16, 2011.[52]

Rice served as an alumni captain for Team Rice during the 2014 Pro Bowl[53] and 2016 Pro Bowl.[54]

Personal life

Jerry married 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: Jaqui 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.[55][56] After three seasons and limited playing time, Jerry Rice Jr. graduated from UCLA and transferred to UNLV and was eligible to play immediately.[57] Jerry Jr. played wide receiver for the Rebels, and had participated in a 49ers local pro day prior to the 2014 NFL Draft, but was not drafted.[58] As of March 24, 2018, Rice has been engaged to Latisha Pelayo who he has dated since 2008.[59]

Rice has played golf for over 20 years and would wake up early to play golf during his football career. He competed in the Fresh Express Classic at TPC Stonebrae on the Nationwide Tour on April 15–16, 2010. He received a sponsor's exemption to play in the tournament. Rice missed the cut and finished one shot ahead of last place; 17-over and 151st among the 152 players who completed two rounds.[60]


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Awards and achievements
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1987 San Francisco 49ers season

The 1987 San Francisco 49ers season was the team's 38th year with the National Football League. The 49ers won the division for the second consecutive season, and ended the season as the top seed in the NFC playoffs. The season ended with an upset loss to the Minnesota Vikings in the divisional round of the playoffs.

1990 San Francisco 49ers season

The 1990 San Francisco 49ers season was the franchise's 41st season in the National Football League and their 45th overall. the team entered the 1990 season heavily favoured to win their third consecutive Super Bowl. The season was highlighted by their defeat of the New York Giants on Monday Night Football in Week 13. Throughout the season, the 49ers and the Giants were the two best teams in the NFL. The two teams would meet again in the NFC Championship Game.

This was the season the 49ers debut the stitched up authentic name and numbers on jerseys.

Between 1988 and 1990, the 49ers set a league record with 18 consecutive road victories. Jerry Rice had a career year by becoming the fourth receiver in the history of American football to have at least 100 receptions in one season. The 49ers won their fifth consecutive NFC West Division Title. Dating back to 1989, the 49ers completed a fifteen-game unbeaten streak in the regular season (5 victories in the last 5 games of 1989 and 10 victories in the first ten games of 1990).

The 49ers were the closest team in NFL history to "three peat" in the Super Bowl, losing in the final seconds on a field goal by the Giants in the NFC Championship Game. The season ended on quite a haunting note, because the Giants' Leonard Marshall made a devastating hit on 49er quarterback Joe Montana, knocking him out of the game. Subsequent to this, Giant nose tackle Erik Howard fought through a double-team block by 49er center Jesse Sapolu and 49er guard Guy McIntyre to force 49er running back Roger Craig to fumble by getting his helmet on the football with only a few minutes left while the 49ers were driving to run out the game clock. Erik Howard dropped to one knee and managed to turn his shoulders perpendicular to the line of scrimmage in an effort to neutralize the double-team block. 49er guard Guy McIntyre released from the double-team block on Erik Howard in order to attempt a block on onrushing Giant inside linebacker Pepper Johnson allowing Erik Howard to knife through the protection and lay a hit on 49er running back Roger Craig. The ball was recovered by Giant outside linebacker Lawrence Taylor after he beat a block at the line of scrimmage by 49er tight end Brent Jones and a subsequent block by 49er fullback Tom Rathman to position himself just behind where Roger Craig was located along the line of scrimmage to catch the football after Giant nose tackle Erik Howard's hit forced it out of Craig's grasp. The Giants took over possession and began driving to kick the game-winning field goal. They ended up winning 15–13. The words of announcer Pat Summerall, "There will be no three-peat!" still haunt 49ers fans.

Following the 1990 season, the 49ers left team stalwarts Roger Craig and Ronnie Lott unprotected and let them go to the Los Angeles Raiders via Plan B free agency. Joe Montana would remain on the 49ers' roster for the next two seasons, but would never start another game for the 49ers.

1995 San Francisco 49ers season

The 1995 San Francisco 49ers season was the team's 46th year with the National Football League, and 50th season of overall existence.

Fresh from their trip to the Super Bowl, the 49ers lost cornerback Deion Sanders to Dallas and running back Ricky Watters to Philadelphia. Despite a mediocre 5–4 start, the 49ers went 11–5 and for the fourth straight time, they repeated as NFC West champions. The 49ers finished the season as the league's top scoring offense, averaging 28.6 points per game. They also finished number one in total defense, surrendering just 275 yards per game, along with being the top rushing defense and finishing second in points allowed. However, a stunning 27–17 loss to Brett Favre and the Green Bay Packers in the Divisional Game stripped the 49ers of their title defense. This would be the first of three consecutive seasons that the Packers ended the 49ers' season.

Jerry Rice had his best season, catching a career-high 122 receptions along with 1,848 receiving yards and 15 total touchdowns.

It was also the final season the 49ers wore their Super Bowl era uniforms.

1996 Pro Bowl

The 1996 Pro Bowl was the NFL's all-star game for the 1995 season. The game was played on February 4, 1996, at Aloha Stadium in Honolulu, Hawaii. The final score was NFC 20, AFC 13. Jerry Rice of the San Francisco 49ers was named the game's Most Valuable Player after he had 2 clutch catches, including the final one which won the game. He finished with six catches for 82 yards.

The attendance for the game was 50,034. The coaches were Mike Holmgren of the Green Bay Packers and Ted Marchibroda of the Indianapolis Colts. The referee was Tom White.

2014 Pro Bowl

The 2014 Pro Bowl was the National Football League's all-star game for the 2013 season. It took place at 2:30 pm local time on January 26 at Aloha Stadium in Honolulu, Hawaii. The game was televised nationally by NBC and was the final Pro Bowl on network television before ABC’s airing in 2018 as part of a simulcast with sister network ESPN, whose parent company Disney currently holds domestic TV rights to the game.

Significant changes to the Pro Bowl format were adopted in an attempt to make the game more "fan-friendly". These changes were proposed by National Football League Players Association president Dominique Foxworth and developed in partnership between the league and the player's union.The most significant change was a switch to a "fantasy draft" format rather than pitting AFC all-stars against NFC all-stars. Hall of Fame players Jerry Rice and Deion Sanders were chosen as honorary team captains, and joined by two active players each to assist in their selections. Chuck Pagano of the AFC South winning Indianapolis Colts coached Team Sanders, while Ron Rivera of the NFC South winning Carolina Panthers coached Team Rice. These coaches were selected for coaching the highest seeded teams to lose in the Divisional round of the playoffs, which has been the convention since the 2010 Pro Bowl.

Team Rice won the game 22–21.

Antonio Goss

Antonio Goss (born August 11, 1966 in Randleman, North Carolina) is the current Cornerbacks and Special Teams coach at East Tennessee State University. Antonio is a former professional American football player who played linebacker for seven seasons with the San Francisco 49ers and St. Louis Rams. Antonio won two Super Bowl rings with the San Francisco 49ers (1989,1994). In the 1994 Championship Game, Antonio Goss was captain alongside Hall of Famer Jerry Rice and Pro Bowler Tim McDonald. He was also a standout in high school sports, lettering in football, basketball, track, and baseball. His athleticism earned him All-American in Football during his senior year. A key member of Randleman’s 2A State Championship teams in 1981, 1982, and 1983. Antonio was named Captain of his football team his senior year based on his leadership on and off the field. Goss was inducted into the Randleman High School Sports Hall Fame in 2013.

Deion Branch

Anthony Deion Branch, Jr. (born July 18, 1979) is a former American football wide receiver of the National Football League (NFL). He was drafted by the New England Patriots in the second round of the 2002 NFL Draft. He played college football at Louisville under coach John L. Smith.

Branch was named the Most Valuable Player of Super Bowl XXXIX on February 6, 2005, after tying former San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Jerry Rice and former Cincinnati Bengals tight end Dan Ross for the Super Bowl reception record with 11 catches for 133 yards. He was the first receiver to win the award since 1989 when Jerry Rice had his 11 catch game. Branch played for the Seattle Seahawks from 2006 to 2010 before a second stint with the Patriots until 2012.

Jerry Rice Award

The Jerry Rice Award is awarded annually in the United States to the most outstanding freshman player in the NCAA Division I Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) of college football as chosen by a nationwide panel of media and college sports information directors.The trophy is named in honor of Jerry Rice the National Football League (NFL) hall of fame wide receiver, who starred at Mississippi Valley State University.

Jerry Rice Jr.

Jerry Lee Rice Jr. (born July 27, 1991) is a former American football wide receiver. He played college football at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. The Washington Redskins signed him as an undrafted free agent in 2014. Rice is the only son of Hall of Fame wide receiver Jerry Rice.

List of National Football League annual receiving touchdowns leaders

In American football, passing, along with running (also referred to as rushing), is one of the two main methods of advancing the ball down the field. Passes are typically attempted by the quarterback, but any offensive player can attempt a pass provided they are behind the line of scrimmage. To qualify as a passing play, the ball must have initially moved forward after leaving the hands of the passer; if the ball initially moved laterally or backwards, the play would instead be considered a running play. In addition to the overall National Football League (NFL) receiving champion, league record books recognize the rushing champions of the American Football League (AFL), which operated from 1960 to 1969 before being absorbed into the National Football League in 1970.The NFL did not begin keeping official records until the 1932 season. Since the adoption of the 14-game season in 1961, only one season (the strike-shortened 1982 season) has had a receiving touchdowns league leader record fewer than 10 touchdown catches. The record for receiving touchdowns in a season is 23, set by Randy Moss during the 2007 season; only one other player (Jerry Rice) has recorded 20 or more receiving touchdowns in a season.Don Hutson led the league in receiving touchdowns nine times, the most of any player in league history; Jerry Rice ranks second with six league-leading seasons. Hutson also holds the record for the two longest streaks leading the league in receiving touchdowns, doing so for four consecutive seasons (1935 to 1938) and then doing it for five consecutive years from 1940 to 1944. The next longest streak is three seasons, accomplished by Rice from 1989 to 1991. The Green Bay Packers have had a player from their team lead the league in receiving touchdowns 15 times, the most of any team in the NFL; the San Francisco 49ers rank second with 12.

List of National Football League annual receiving yards leaders

In American football, passing, along with running (also referred to as rushing), is one of the two main methods of advancing the ball down the field. Passes are typically attempted by the quarterback, but any offensive player can attempt a pass provided they are behind the line of scrimmage. To qualify as a passing play, the ball must have initially moved forward after leaving the hands of the passer; if the ball initially moved laterally or backwards, the play would instead be considered a running play. A player who catches a forward pass is a receiver, and the number of receiving yards each player has recorded in each season is a recorded stat in football games. In addition to the overall National Football League (NFL) receiving champion, league record books recognize statistics from the American Football League (AFL), which operated from 1960 to 1969 before being absorbed into the NFL in 1970, Although league record books do not recognize stats from the All-America Football Conference, another league that merged with the NFL, these statistics are recognized by the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

The NFL did not begin keeping official records until the 1932 season. The average the yards the leader has gained has increased over time – since the adoption of the 14-game season in 1961, all but one season saw the receiving leader record over 1,000 yards. No player has ever finished with over 2,000 receiving yards in a season; the current record is 1,964 yards, set by Calvin Johnson during the 2012 season. Wes Chandler, who led the league with 1,032 yards in the strike-shortened 1982 season, averaged 129 yards receiving per game, an NFL record.Don Hutson led the league in receiving yards seven times, the most of any player; Jerry Rice is second with six. Hutson also recorded the most consecutive seasons leading the league in receiving, doing so for five seasons from 1941 to 1945, while Jerry Rice ranks second with three consecutive league-leading seasons from 1993 to 1995. A Green Bay Packers player has led the league in receiving yards eleven times, the most in the NFL; the Los Angeles/St. Louis Rams rank second with nine league-leading seasons. The most recent receiving yards leader was Julio Jones of the Atlanta Falcons, who recorded 1,677 receiving yards over the 2018 season.

List of National Football League career receiving yards leaders

In American football, yards gained on a forward pass play are credited to the receiver as receiving yards. In the National Football League (NFL), 48 players have gained at least 10,000 receiving yards in their career: all but four are wide receivers; the rest are tight ends. Wide receiver Jerry Rice is the NFL's all-time leader in receiving yards, with 22,895. He is the only player to surpass 17,000 yards. Larry Fitzgerald is the only active player nearing this milestone.

List of National Football League records (individual)

Here is a list of the records in the National Football League set by individual players.

Mississippi Valley State Delta Devils football

The Mississippi Valley State Delta Devils are the college football team representing the Mississippi Valley State University. The Delta Devils play in the NCAA Division I Football Championship Subdivision as a member of the Southwestern Athletic Conference. Jerry Rice and Deacon Jones, considered two of the greatest American football players of all time, spent their college days playing for the team.

National Football League 75th Anniversary All-Time Team

The National Football League 75th Anniversary All-Time Team was chosen by a selection committee of media and league personnel in 1994 to honor the greatest players of the first 75 years of the National Football League (NFL). Five players on the list were on NFL rosters at the time of the selections: Joe Montana, Jerry Rice, Rod Woodson, Reggie White, and Ronnie Lott. Gale Sayers was named to the team as both a halfback and kickoff returner. Every player is a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame, except for Billy "White Shoes" Johnson.

Rice–Totten Stadium

Rice–Totten Stadium is a 10,000-seat multi-purpose stadium in Itta Bena, Mississippi, United States. It is home to the Mississippi Valley State University Delta Devils college football team. The stadium is named after former MVSU football players Jerry Rice and Willie Totten who set many NCAA Division I-AA records in the 1980s. Rice went on to become an NFL legend and Pro Football Hall of Fame inductee. Totten played professional football after college and then went into coaching, including serving as the head coach for MVSU. He is one of the few college football coaches to have coached a game at a facility named after themselves.

In 2005, the field at Rice–Totten Stadium was renamed Charles "Chuck" Prophet Field in honor of the former MVSU Athletic Director and Sports Information Director.

San Francisco 49ers

The San Francisco 49ers are a professional American football team located in the San Francisco Bay Area. They compete in the National Football League (NFL) as a member of the league's National Football Conference (NFC) West division. The team currently plays its home games at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, California, located 45 miles (72 km) southeast of San Francisco in the heart of Silicon Valley. Since 1988, the 49ers have been headquartered in Santa Clara.

The team was founded in 1946 as a charter member of the All-America Football Conference (AAFC) and joined the NFL in 1949 when the leagues merged. The 49ers were the first major league professional sports franchise based in San Francisco. The name "49ers" comes from the prospectors who arrived in Northern California in the 1849 Gold Rush. The team is legally and corporately registered as the San Francisco Forty Niners. The team began play at Kezar Stadium in San Francisco before moving across town to Candlestick Park in 1970 and then to Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara in 2014.

The 49ers won five Super Bowl championships between 1981 and 1994, led by Hall of Famers Joe Montana, Jerry Rice, Ronnie Lott, Steve Young, and coach Bill Walsh. As of 2017, the team has won 12 conference championships, with the first in 1981 and the last in 2018. They have been division champions 29 times between 1970 and 2019, making them one of the most successful teams in NFL history. The 49ers have been in the league playoffs 50 times: 49 times in the NFL and one time in the AAFC.

The team has set numerous notable NFL records, including most consecutive road games won (18), most consecutive seasons leading league scoring (1992–95), most consecutive games scored (1979–2004), most field goals in a season (44), fewest turn-overs in a season (10), and most touchdowns in a Super Bowl. According to Forbes Magazine, the team is the 4th most-valuable team in the NFL, valued at $3 billion in July 2016. In 2016, the 49ers were ranked the 10th most valuable sports team in the world, behind basketball's Los Angeles Lakers and above soccer's Bayern Munich.

Terry Greer

Terry Greer (born September 27, 1957) is a former professional American and Canadian football player who played wide receiver with the Canadian Football League Toronto Argonauts and the NFL Cleveland Browns and San Francisco 49ers. He held the CFL record for most catches in a season; he is a member of the Argonauts all-time roster and his #10 has been honored by the team. Terry Greer is known as the first to gain 2,000 yards in a 16-game season with the Argonauts. he had played then with marvelous players such as Jerry Rice and Joe Montana when playing for San Francisco.

The Sports Network (wire service)

Based in Hatboro, Pennsylvania, The Sports Network was a wire service providing sports information in real time. The Sports Network was especially noted for its coverage of the NCAA's Football Championship Subdivision in college football; it presented that group's major end-of-season awards—the Walter Payton Award for the top offensive player, the Buck Buchanan Award for the top defensive player, the Jerry Rice Award for the top freshman and the Eddie Robinson Award for the top coach. It served a list of clients that included Viacom, Yahoo, and the Canadian television channel The Sports Network, and was a partner with United Press International.

Jerry Rice—awards, championships, and honors

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