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Thursday, February 27, 2020

Articles tagged: Jerry Rice

Jerry Rice believes Dez Bryant could help 49ers

Dez Bryant

After watching the San Francisco 49ers during their regular season opener, Jerry Rice believes the team could use a little extra receiving help.

Rice told TMZ Sports that he doesn’t think San Francisco receivers are getting enough separation at the line of scrimmage in the red zone, and he believes Dez Bryant could bring a little bit of that.

“I think he can help us with experience and knowledge about the game,” Rice said of Bryant.

Based on one of his tweets from Sunday, Bryant seems to agree with Rice’s assessment. Whether the 49ers do is a different matter, but the veteran receiver is out there, and the 49ers could do worse than giving him a call if they think they have a need for some extra receiving help.

Julian Edelman used to date Jerry Rice’s daughter

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Long before he became an NFL superstar, Julian Edelman had a pretty close connection to one of the greatest wide receivers to ever live. The connection was not really football-related, however.

In his new book “Relentless” that was released last week, Edelman revealed that he dated Jerry Rice’s daughter in high school. The Rice family lived right up the street from where Edelman grew up, and he and Jaqui Rice became close. Edelman says he would ride his bike to play basketball with Jacqui or go get lunch, but he never wanted to go inside her house because he was intimidated by her father.

“He was a god to me,” Edelman wrote, via Nicole Yang of Boston.com. “The first time I saw him, we were shooting hoops and he came out on the front steps, no shirt on, all yoked up, gold chain, six-pack abs. I was shook, and I think that might have been the point Jerry didn’t really talk to me and never talked to me about football.”

Edelman says he went back to visit Jacqui after he was drafted by the Patriots, but Jerry still didn’t talk football with him.

And now, for the best part. As he has done on several occasions, Edelman went to the Kentucky Derby earlier this year with Tom Brady and some other teammates. Jerry Rice was also there, and apparently Brady zinged the Hall of Famer about Edelman dating his daughter.

Even after he had made the Patriots and came back to visit Jaqui following his rookie season, Edelman says Jerry didn’t acknowledge the game. They both attended the 2017 Kentucky Derby, so while at the horse race, one of Edelman’s Patriots teammates couldn’t help but make a comment.

“I hear Jules spent a lot of time at your house when he was a kid,” quarterback Tom Brady joked.

Edelman says Jerry laughed, though he’s not sure if he actually found it funny.

Edelman has a pretty impressive dating resume, so you can understand why Rice might be a bit defensive around him. That was pretty bold of Brady to drop a line about it, but five-time Super Bowl champions can get away with stuff like that.

H/T Barstool Sports

Jerry Rice speaks to 49ers at minicamp

Jerry Rice

The San Francisco 49ers concluded their minicamp Thursday with a bang.

Hall of Famer Jerry Rice, regarded by many as the best football player ever, spoke to the team, according to a tweet shared by GM John Lynch:

Lynch has done some big things since taking over as the team’s GM, such as maneuvering well during the draft and making smart roster decisions. You can add having Rice speak to the team to that growing list.

Rice was known for having an incredible work ethic when he played, which helped him compete at a high level throughout his 21-year career. That’s the type of presence you want around your rookies.

Lynch is doing some major work towards turning around a once-proud franchise that has faltered since letting Jim Harbaugh go.

Jerry Rice tells Colin Kaepernick not to ‘disrespect’ the flag

Jerry Rice

There has been no shortage of people commenting on the Colin Kaepernick national anthem protest, and the latest to weigh in is San Francisco 49ers legend Jerry Rice.

Rice sent a tweet on Monday night in which he said “All lives matter.” He also said Kaepernick should not “disrespect” the flag by refusing to stand for the anthem.

The Hall of Fame wide receiver’s comment was met with outrage from some on Twitter.

Kaepernick’s decision to protest the anthem has been a polarizing one. The NFL issued a statement saying they encourage but do not require players to stand for the anthem. Many players have either supported or opposed Kaepernick’s move. The strongest response of all came from the San Francisco Police Officers Association, which had this to say.

Now we know where the NFL’s all-time leading receiver stands on the matter.

Joe Montana gives Jerry Rice bunny ears in HOF photo

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Hall of Famers Joe Montana and Jerry Rice were both in Canton this weekend to watch the Class of ’16 get inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. That included watching former San Francisco 49ers owner Eddie DeBartolo Jr. get inducted.

Along the way, Montana decided to have some fun. The four-time Super Bowl champion quarterback gave his longtime receiver the good ole bunny ears:

Hey, when you’ve thrown 55 touchdowns to a guy, you can have the freedom to mess around like that. Plus, when it all comes down to it, we know Montana has Rice’s back.

Jerry Rice: Calvin Johnson is retiring at age I entered my prime

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Calvin Johnson is expected to retire from the NFL before his 31st birthday, which is almost unheard of for a player of his caliber who is still capable of performing at a high level. To Jerry Rice, it could not be more foreign of a concept.

On Wednesday, Rice noted that he was still smack-dab in the middle of his prime when he was Johnson’s age.

“It’s just unfortunate to see him (walk away) because he’s around, like, 32,” Rice said, per Kyle Meinke of MLive.com. “I was just coming into my prime at his age.”

Rice isn’t wrong. As Meinke mentioned, Johnson has 731 catches for 11,619 yards and 83 touchdowns in his career. Rice had 610 catches for 10,273 yards and 103 touchdowns before his 31st birthday, and he went on to play another 12 seasons. Megatron has played nine total. In the 12 seasons after he turned 30, Rice had 939 catches for 12,622 yards and 94 touchdowns.

The numbers are truly staggering, but it is unfair to equate Johnson’s situation with Rice’s.

“I mean, I think the thing with him is that if he can’t be 100 percent, he doesn’t want to just be on the field,” Rice said. “There’s a lot of money he’s walking away from. He’s walking away from, like, $27 million. But he doesn’t want to be that type of player.”

Johnson is said to have played through a lot of pain last season. Not to mention, we know a lot more about the long-term health issues associated with football now than we did when Rice played. If that plays a role in Johnson’s decision, it’s hard not to respect that.

One former teammate of Johnson’s unloaded on the Lions recently for not doing enough to convince Megatron to return. If it’s truly health that Johnson is concerned about, no amount of persuasion should matter.

Jerry Rice: 49ers should bench Colin Kaepernick

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The San Francisco 49ers have struggled this season, and former franchise legend Jerry Rice believes benching Colin Kaepernick could do the team a lot of good.

Rice, the all-time touchdowns leader in NFL history, believes in Kaepernick long term, but he thinks a benching could serve as the reality check the quarterback needs.

“I am a true Kaepernick fan. 100 percent. I’m not saying bench him for the season, but sometimes you gotta shake things up. It could energize the team, and provide Colin the spark he needs,” Rice said via TMZ.

Rice explained how benchings can be productive for players and how struggles are not permanent.

“Look, when I came in, I struggled. I dropped balls. And I wasn’t used to that. But I had great people around me, and I got through it.”

Many thought the 49ers were going to bench Kaepernick after his poor outing against Seattle last week, but head coach Jim Tomsula stuck by his quarterback.

Kaepernick’s turnovers and passer rating this season are the worst since he became a starter in 2012, while the team is just 2-5. In four of those losses, Kaepernick failed to throw for more than 165 yards and had zero touchdowns. That’s just not going to get it done in the NFL. I would say a benching could be a good thing, but the 49ers won’t exactly be better off with Blaine Gabbert at the helm.