The San Francisco 49ers suffered a surprising loss to the Arizona Cardinals in Week 1, and Jerry Rice isn’t happy.
The Niners legend was one of the few allowed in the stadium to watch Sunday’s game. He told 95.7 The Game on Monday that the Niners’ play didn’t bother him as much as the team’s attitude.
“During the break they were playing music and we had certain guys dancing that hadn’t done anything on the football field. They didn’t have a reception or anything,” Rice said, via Michael Nowels of Bay Area News Group. “That’s not the standard of the San Francisco 49ers. If you want to dance or do whatever, you shouldn’t be wearing that uniform. You gotta be productive, you’ve gotta contribute to the team. And if you can’t do that, go do something else.
“That pissed me off. The Niners are not about that. If you score a touchdown, you can do whatever you want. You can dance, you can break dance, I don’t care. But if you’re dancing and you haven’t made a catch or anything, I have a problem with that.”
Rice didn’t name names, but he didn’t hide his unhappiness. San Francisco’s second half was particularly underwhelming, as George Kittle disappeared from the passing game and Jimmy Garoppolo missed key throws. That had a lot to do with the loss, but Rice knows attitude matters as well.
Some Niners certainly did their job. Rice will simply want to see all of them doing it next week.
Donald Trump made an unexpected decision on Tuesday to pardon former San Francisco 49ers owner Eddie DeBartolo Jr., and Hall of Famer Jerry Rice was one of the first to praise the President.
DeBartolo was the owner of the 49ers during the most successful run the franchise had. The team won five Super Bowls in the 1980s and 1990s under his leadership, but DeBartolo stepped down in 1997 after it was reported that he would be indicted for gambling fraud. DeBartolo pleaded guilty in 1998 to failing to report a felony after he paid former Louisiana Gov. Edwin Edwards $400,000 in exchange for a riverboat gambling license.
Rice was in attendance for the White House announcement on Tuesday along with NFL legends Jim Brown, Ronnie Lott and Charles Haley. The former wide receiver threw his support behind DeBartolo and commended Trump for pardoning the 73-year-old.
DeBartolo avoided prison time but was fined $1 million and suspended for a year by the NFL. He stepped down anyway and handed over control of the 49ers to his sister, Denise DeBartolo York. DeBartolo’s nephew Jed York owns the team now, so it has remained in the same family.
The scandal did not stop DeBartolo from being elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2016. There were also rumors a couple of years back that he could buy another NFL franchise, though that never came to fruition.
Jerry Rice is ready to keep running routes in a full suit, especially at the Super Bowl.
Rice went viral before the NFC Championship after he was seen running routes in a suit during warmups, looking as crisp and athletic as ever. The San Francisco 49ers icon is planning a repeat performance in Miami ahead of Super Bowl LIV, too.
Rice would probably love to play in the game, but he’ll have to settle for watching. There are certainly worse people for the 49ers’ receivers to emulate than the NFL’s all-time leader in receiving yards, and maybe he’ll bring them some more good luck.
It’s safe to say that Jerry Rice is invested in Sunday’s NFC title game.
David Lombardi of The Athletic reported that the San Francisco 49ers great was running routes in a full suit with receivers Deebo Samuel and Kendrick Bourne during warmups for the showdown against the Green Bay Packers.
Jonathan Jones of CBS Sports shared video of Rice’s escapades:
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Rice, the NFL’s all-time leading receiver and a three-time Super Bowl champ with the Niners, is now 57 years old, but those routes still look pretty darn crisp. He has been hyping up his legacy a lot in recent months, and it seems like he can still back up all of that talk as well.
Jerry Rice is widely considered to be the greatest receiver in NFL history, and he played in an era where a quarterback throwing for 4,000 yards or a player racking up 1,000 yards receiving was a much more noteworthy accomplishment than it is now. The rules were enforced much differently in the 1990s than they are today, and Rice is confident his Hall of Fame career would have been even more remarkable if his prime were right now.
In an appearance on Ian Rapoport’s “RapSheet and Friends” podcast this week, Rice talked about the emphasis the NFL places on protecting receivers now. He said he was getting hit far more often during his 20-year career than today’s pass-catchers are.
“Back when I played, if I was on the left side and if the ball was not even coming my way, I was still getting hit, and you just can’t do that today,” Rice said, as transcribed by David Bonilla of 49ers Webzone. “It was more physical downfield against bump-and-run. You can’t push the receiver or put your hands on the receiver after five yards.”
If illegal contact and pass interference were officiated a decade or two ago the way they are now, Rice says he would have had even more “amazing” numbers.
“So the numbers could have been amazing, to be honest with you, because I played in an era where I was still able to put up outstanding numbers, and I think the game was a little bit more — maybe I shouldn’t say a little bit more physical because it’s still physical, but I think back when I played, they could put their hands on you just a little bit more,” he said.
He’s right. Rice is still the NFL’s all-time leading receiver by a mile. The only active player who is remotely close to him is Larry Fitzgerald, and he would need more than 6,000 yards to catch Rice. That is not going to happen. Rice’s 1,848-yard season in 1995 ranks third all-time, which is even more impressive when you consider the way the game has changed.
These are the reasons it is impossible to compare players from different eras, and we all know about the similar debates people love to have with the NBA. What makes Rice’s career so special is that he will probably always be known as the greatest receiver of all time, so you can just imagine how he would have terrorized opposing defenses if cornerbacks were hardly allowed to touch him.
Randy Moss got together with a group of current and future NFL Hall of Famers this week, and the legendary wide receiver asked the question that was on everyone’s mind.
How many touchdowns can you fit into one photo?
The photo has to be one of the most star-studded in NFL history. Along with Moss were Tom Brady, Roger Staubach, Brett Favre, Jerry Rice and Larry Fitzgerald. The caption Moss used was awesome.
The answer, including playoff scores, is 1,904. If you want some more stats, the group has also combined for 12 championships and 21 First Team All-Pro selections.
Not bad, I guess.
A San Francisco 49ers legend is adding fuel to the fire of recent Antonio Brown rumors.
Jerry Rice, a 49er icon, said he has communicated with Brown via FaceTime — and told 95.7 The Game that the Pittsburgh Steelers receiver badly wants to move to San Francisco.
We have a long way to go before this becomes reality, but there are actually some reasons to believe it could happen. There is reason to believe the Steelers could actually part ways with Brown, and the 49ers have enough cap space to be able to make a legitimate run at him. Of course, the two sides would have to match up on a trade, but it’s worth watching.
Jerry Rice is often considered by fans to be the “GOAT” (greatest of all time), so he decided to get a tattoo that reflected that. Naturally, the new ink led to some funny reactions.
First, here’s a look at the goat tattoo the Hall of Fame wide receiver got on his arm:
“People always say, ‘Hey, you’re the greatest of all time.’ So, I did this out of respect for the fans,” Rice said of his tattoo during an interview on 97.5 The Game this week.
The reactions to his tattoo were tremendous, namely because so many people swapped in other athletes they consider to be goats, like Randy Moss and Calvin Johnson.
You get a goat tattoo, you better be prepared for all the jokes. And if you ask Moss for his response to the tattoo, you already know what he’ll say.
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.
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