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Jerry Rice
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Jerry Rice at CTIA Wireless in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA.
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Position: Wide Receiver
Personal information
Born: October 13, 1962 (1962-10-13) (age 59)
Starkville, Mississippi
Career information
College: Mississippi Valley State
NFL Draft: 1985 / Round: 1 / Pick: 16
Career history
Career NFL statistics
Receptions: 1,549
Receiving Yards: 22,895
Total Touchdowns: 209
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Jerry Lee Rice (born October 13, 1962) is a former American football wide receiver who played in the National Football League, primarily with the San Francisco 49ers. He is widely considered to be the greatest wide receiver in NFL history, and often called the greatest NFL player of all time.

He is the all-time leader in most major statistical categories for wide receivers, including receptions, touchdown receptions, and receiving yards, once being the leader for total yards and touchdowns in a season. 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. Rice holds over 100 NFL records, the most of any player by a wide margin. In 1999, The Sporting News listed Rice on its list of "Football's 100 Greatest Players". 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.

Early years

Jerry Rice 2016 Pro Bowl
Jerry Rice 2016 Pro Bowl

Jerry Lee Rice was born in Starkville, Mississippi, and grew up in the small town of Crawford, Mississippi. 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 the spring of 1999, the school renamed its football stadium to Rice–Totten Stadium partly in honor of Rice. Rice was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame on August 12, 2006.

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