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Jerry Rice

Jerry Rice widely considered being the greatest wide receiver in the history of the National Football League. In college, he earned All-America honors and set 18 Division I-AA records. The San Francisco 49ers drafted Rice in the first round in 1985, it was the start of a 20 year career.

Jerry Lee Rice, born on October 13, 1962 raised in Starkville, Mississippi had a hard childhood; As a young boy, Jerry saw a lot of poor events in his life, but very little of luxury that later became a part of his life. His father, a brick mason built a home for his large family. When money was short, rice helped his father carry bricks and mix mortar. It was grueling work, but Rice later came to be grateful for it. “It taught me the meaning of hard work,” he said. When money was rational, Jerry started to involve his life around sports. In high school, Rice played every position, from quarterback to tackle. The coach started to see that Jerry can play at college level; from there, Jerry made a promise to a Crawford coach, Archie Cooley, to take a recruiting trip. A graceful, speedy, and nearly unstoppable wide receiver was born.

Rice helped put Mississippi State on the map; he caught more than 100 passes in each of his last two seasons. As a senior, he had 28 touchdown receptions. Rice was so good that since he was 18 years old, he has been doubled teamed on the field. After leading Mississippi State to a 24-6-1 record, Jerry was going down the road of success, Bill Walsh, the 49ers coach, heard about the amazing wide receiver, He went and talked to Rice. Walsh came to the 1985 NFL draft, the San Francisco 49ers selected Rice with the 16th overall pick.

The rookie season for Rice was an up and down year, he started off slow but started to gain momentum later in the year. His second year was his breakout season. Rice was…...

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