January 9, 1998 |
It's easy to forget the first day of the season. The San Francisco 49ers' presence in Sunday's NFC championship game feels so natural, so preordained, it's easy to forget what was going on back then. Jerry Rice, the world's greatest wide receiver, had blown a knee. Quarterback Steve Young had suffered a concussion. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers, who hadn't yet established themselves as legitimate contenders, were beating up the mighty Niners. On that day, San Francisco's showdown with the Green Bay Packers, the defending Super Bowl champions, didn't seem so preordained.
January 7, 1988 |
God has been good to Jerry Rice, very good indeed. Good enough to make him tall and fast and graceful. Good enough to place him on a team that had the capability to wield him wisely. Good enough to make him the son of a Mississippi bricklayer with large, soft hands. "I used to help my father out in the summer," Rice said. "I'd catch the bricks. And it made me strong, catching those bricks. I wouldn't change anything about it. "That's why I'm where I am today. Really.
November 30, 1992 |
As historic achievements go, the 100th touchdown pass caught by Jerry Rice is not likely to be remembered long by those who witnessed it yesterday at Candlestick Park. His first-quarter TD reception, on a 22-yard pass from Steve Young, helped the Niners to a 7-0 lead and vaulted Rice into a special niche in NFL history. With Touchdown Catch No. 100, Rice achieved co-occupancy with Steve Largent, the former Seattle Seahawk, of first place on the NFL's all-time career TD-reception list.
January 30, 1995 |
Last week, Jerry Rice caused more than a few jaws to drop when he said he might retire after this season. If anyone was looking for a retraction last night after his 10-catch, 149- yard, three-touchdown performance in the 49ers' 49-26 victory over the Chargers in Super Bowl XXIX, they didn't get it. "I'm going to address that later on," Rice said after notching his third Super Bowl title. "Right now, I just want to take time to enjoy this. Football has been a part of my life for a long, long time.
November 30, 1987 |
A few years ago, word spread of a fantastically productive wide receiver at Mississippi Valley State University who averaged more than 10 receptions per game despite being triple- and sometimes even quadruple-covered. Those who heard the stories about Jerry Rice, but never saw him, shook their heads in disbelief. Those statistics couldn't be accurate, the skeptics said. And if they were, it was only because Rice was compiling them against inferior opposition. The skeptics were sure that, like many a small-college wunderkind before him, Rice would be in over his head when tossed into the deep waters of the NFL. It is now three years later and Rice remains as difficult to cover as he was as a senior at Mississippi Valley, when he amassed 1,845 receiving yards and 28 touchdowns.
January 9, 1999 |
San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Jerry Rice is listed as probable for today's NFC divisional playoff game against Atlanta because of a slightly torn ligament in his non-surgically repaired right knee, coach Steve Mariucci said. Though Mariucci thinks Rice will start on the Georgia Dome's artificial turf, he said the 14-year veteran barely practiced this week and had fluid drained from the injured knee at least three times in recent weeks. "He got it drained right before the [season finale]
January 17, 1989 |
Jerry Rice, the wide receiver who is one of the biggest weapons in the 49ers' offensive arsenal, sprained his right ankle in practice yesterday and has been listed as questionable for Super Bowl XXIII. Rice was hurt while running a pass pattern and was forced to leave the field. The injury apparently is a recurrence of the ankle sprain the receiver suffered on Oct. 16 in Anaheim, Calif., in the seventh week of the season. The injury is expected to cost Rice at least two days of practice.
September 20, 1997 |
Jerry Rice can't say exactly when he'll be back from his left knee injury. He will say, however, that he will be back - and he intends to return later this season. "Even though I live and die on the football field, I have to be smart with an injury like this," the 49ers All-Pro receiver said yesterday, addressing reporters for the first time since he was injured in San Francisco's season-opening 13-6 loss at Tampa Bay. "But I'm really going to give it a shot because I feel it can be done.
January 15, 1988 |
It isn't hard to understand why Jerry Rice of the San Francisco 49ers was named the winner yesterday of the Maxwell Football Club's 29th annual Bert Bell Award as the NFL's most outstanding player. Rice, a three-year veteran wide receiver, caught an NFL-record 22 touchdown passes this season, and he caught a total of 65 passes for 1,078 yards. A first-round draft choice from Mississippi Valley State, Rice already is fourth on the 49ers' career touchdown receiving list and sixth in career receiving yardage.
January 26, 1995 |
It didn't take long for Jerry Rice to tire of the Super Bowl media. The record-setting San Francisco 49ers wide receiver blew sky high at Tuesday's media session, laying into CNN sports reporter Vince Cellini and then storming out of an interview session. Rice lost his temper when Cellini tried to get him to play along with an intended humorous on-camera skit. The idea, as Cellini explained it, was to pretend that he didn't recognize Rice and then ask Rice a question about Deion Sanders.