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Rice ends matchless career as a 49er
AP ^ | GREG BEACHAM

Posted on 08/24/2006 1:43:52 PM PDT by 300magnum

SANTA CLARA, Calif. - Jerry Rice signed a one-day contract to retire with the San Francisco 49ers on Thursday, officially ending the receiver's matchless career back where it began.

Rice, who played the first 16 of his 20 NFL seasons with San Francisco, shed no tears during a short signing ceremony at the 49ers' training complex. The receiver wore his ring from the 49ers' 1989 Super Bowl championship team on a chain around his neck as he hugged his wife, Jackie, and shook hands with San Francisco owner John York.

"I would like to put the uniform on and run on that football field, but I think it's time to move on," Rice said, gesturing toward the practice fields behind him. "I feel welcome here. I feel like this is my home, and this is something I'll never forget."

Rice, who will turn 44 in October, hasn't played since leaving the Broncos' training camp before last season, holding his first retirement news conference last September in Denver. He spent three seasons in Oakland after leaving the 49ers, then played a final year with the Seattle Seahawks.

But San Francisco fans still remember Rice in his incredible prime, when he made most of his 197 touchdown receptions while playing for several powerhouse teams and three Super Bowl winners. Rice holds NFL records with 1,549 receptions for 22,895 yards, and also holds the top single-season marks of 1,848 yards and 22 touchdowns.

"This is where I got my start," Rice said. "This is where my legacy is at. This is where my heart got started, and this is where I'm going to end it."

The 49ers will honor Rice again during a game against the Seahawks on Nov. 19 at Candlestick Park, and his No. 80 is expected to be retired in the near future. Rice joked that he might have waited even longer for this ceremony, but Bill Walsh, his former coach, encouraged him to get going.

"He wants to introduce me into the Hall, and he said he's going to pass away," Rice said.


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1 posted on 08/24/2006 1:43:53 PM PDT by 300magnum
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To: 300magnum

Couldn't they let him catch just one more, for old times' sake?..........


2 posted on 08/24/2006 1:45:24 PM PDT by Red Badger (Is Castro dead yet?........)
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To: 300magnum

In before the NFL Ping!


3 posted on 08/24/2006 1:47:06 PM PDT by misterrob
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To: 300magnum

The man was a dedicated professional and probably the greatest receiver of all time. Never heard of any off-the-field problems either.


4 posted on 08/24/2006 1:47:09 PM PDT by Rummyfan
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To: 300magnum

Nice touch by the 49ers.


5 posted on 08/24/2006 1:47:31 PM PDT by glorgau
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To: 300magnum

Should have Joe Montana throw him one.


6 posted on 08/24/2006 1:47:34 PM PDT by Ruth A. (we might as well fight in the first ditch as the last)
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To: 300magnum
Rice ends matchless career as a 49er

That's all well and good, but I prefer her as a National Security Advisor.

7 posted on 08/24/2006 1:48:51 PM PDT by Lazamataz (Islam is a perversion of faith, a lie against human spirit, an obscenity shouted in the face of G_d)
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8 posted on 08/24/2006 1:49:01 PM PDT by 300magnum (We know that if evil is not confronted, it gains in strength and audacity, and returns to strike us)
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To: Red Badger

Sure. As long as Roy Williams gets to pop him after the catch.


9 posted on 08/24/2006 1:50:02 PM PDT by NCC-1701 (RADICAL ISLAM IS A CULT. IT MUST BE ELIMINATED FROM THE FACE OF THE EARTH.)
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To: Rummyfan
Never heard of any off-the-field problems either.

Only that dancing with the stars thing.

10 posted on 08/24/2006 1:50:10 PM PDT by Doomonyou (Moderate Bumper Sticker: Bush Lied, Terrorists Died!)
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To: 300magnum

He can still play better than most recievers out there. Especially on Monday night.


11 posted on 08/24/2006 1:50:43 PM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: Lazamataz

Her career as a 49er was limited. Although she had the hands, the height and the reach she could not take a hit from a 245 pound linebacker.


12 posted on 08/24/2006 1:50:54 PM PDT by RightWhale (Repeal the law of the excluded middle)
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To: 300magnum
Jerry Rice = son of a bricklayer.

South40 = son of a bricklayer.

I'm pretty sure the comparisons end there.

13 posted on 08/24/2006 1:51:03 PM PDT by South40 (Amnesty for ILLEGALS Is A Slap In The Face To The USBP!!)
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To: 300magnum

Jerry Rice - A class act if there ever was one.


14 posted on 08/24/2006 1:51:03 PM PDT by InterceptPoint
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To: 300magnum

Great but arrogant receiver. He still fumbled in that 1999 Packers/Niners Wildcard playoff game damnit.


15 posted on 08/24/2006 1:51:29 PM PDT by Extremely Extreme Extremist (404 Page Error Found)
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To: 300magnum

Peerless!


16 posted on 08/24/2006 1:51:52 PM PDT by auboy
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To: Ruth A.
Should have Joe Montana throw him one.

And let Doug Flutie intercept. lol

17 posted on 08/24/2006 1:52:00 PM PDT by fso301
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To: 300magnum
Jerry Rice - Class Act!
18 posted on 08/24/2006 1:52:20 PM PDT by llevrok (When you take my gin from my cold, dead hand....)
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To: glorgau

Excellent move. I'll always remember those years.

It's not like we'll have any more like that with the present ownership...


19 posted on 08/24/2006 1:52:25 PM PDT by Philistone (Turning lead into gold...)
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To: 300magnum

I wonder if he gets the league minimum for that.


20 posted on 08/24/2006 1:52:36 PM PDT by July 4th (A vacant lot cancelled out my vote for Bush.)
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To: Rummyfan

He was (and is) a class act.


21 posted on 08/24/2006 1:53:45 PM PDT by Eric in the Ozarks (BTUs are my Beat.)
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To: 300magnum

b.o. I mean t.o. could learn a thing about class from this guy.(So.Philly EAGLES Fan)


22 posted on 08/24/2006 1:54:08 PM PDT by chrismich2610 (murha to run with hugo chavez)
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To: 300magnum; scott says; MikefromOhio

NFL ping. Too bad they can't ask Rice back, then maybe the 49ers would win more than three games.


23 posted on 08/24/2006 1:54:38 PM PDT by darkangel82 (Higher visibility leads to greater zottability.)
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To: 300magnum

Hah! Love that picture and still remember the catch. Record breaker for TD receptions and came in a game in which the 49ers destroyed the Raiders. Used to be fun to be a 49ers season ticket holder back then, before John York and his wife stole the team from Eddie D and destroyed it.


24 posted on 08/24/2006 1:56:41 PM PDT by AnotherUnixGeek
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To: Rummyfan
To get an idea of how dominant this guy was, he would rank something like #6 or #7 among all-time NFL wide receivers if you only counted his career stats after he turned 30 years old.

And he would rank #1 all-time in receiving yards even if he had retired 11 years ago.

25 posted on 08/24/2006 1:57:50 PM PDT by Alberta's Child (Can money pay for all the days I lived awake but half asleep?)
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To: RightWhale
Rice ends matchless career as a 49er

That's all well and good, but I prefer her as a National Security Advisor.

Her career as a 49er was limited. Although she had the hands, the height and the reach she could not take a hit from a 245 pound linebacker.

Hey pal, you try taking a hit from a 245 lb. linebacker while wearing a strapless gown and pearl earrings.......

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26 posted on 08/24/2006 1:58:53 PM PDT by Panzerfaust
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To: AnotherUnixGeek

I was wondering where York came from. WTF, Eddie made a ring machine out of that team and the sister screwed the pooch. What are York's stats?


27 posted on 08/24/2006 1:59:27 PM PDT by Thebaddog (Labs Rules! Brilliant!)
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To: Alberta's Child

In a lot of the records he holds if you add the #2 and #3 guy they'd still be behind Jerry. Truly an amazing talent, unlikely to be replaced in our lifetime.


28 posted on 08/24/2006 2:00:48 PM PDT by discostu (you must be joking son, where did you get those shoes)
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To: darkangel82; ABG(anybody but Gore); akorahil; albee; A message; andyland; Argh; b4its2late; ...

NFL PING



FReepmail scott says to be added to, or to be taken off the NFL Ping list...


This is a fairly high volume ping list

29 posted on 08/24/2006 2:01:34 PM PDT by scott says
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To: 300magnum

Ah...memories of the golden age of the NFL (IMHO)


30 posted on 08/24/2006 2:03:59 PM PDT by Lekker 1 (("Stocks have reached what looks like a permanently high plateau" - I. Fisher, Yale Econ Prof, 1929))
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To: darkangel82

"NFL ping. Too bad they can't ask Rice back, then maybe the 49ers would win more than three games."

Hey! They won 4 last year! :^)


31 posted on 08/24/2006 2:05:58 PM PDT by Hayzo
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To: 300magnum

He had (has) an outstanding work ethic. Never shot his mouth off. Kept his grandstanding to a minimum (would show emotion but I don't recall him dancing or taunting after a TD catch). I remember in '84 at first he didn't impress all that much but it didn't take him long to show his mettle. I am very glad he is retiring as a 49er. He is one of the true greats of the game.


32 posted on 08/24/2006 2:09:55 PM PDT by scory
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To: Hayzo
Hey! They won 4 last year! :^)

They could have been worse.

Ask a Saints fan. :-P

33 posted on 08/24/2006 2:11:24 PM PDT by South40 (Amnesty for ILLEGALS Is A Slap In The Face To The USBP!!)
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To: discostu

Right. And if it weren't for the NFL's idiotic salary cap rules, he could have played his entire career on the 49ers and retired as a 49er without going through this silly "sign a contract for one day" retirement charade.


34 posted on 08/24/2006 2:11:59 PM PDT by Alberta's Child (Can money pay for all the days I lived awake but half asleep?)
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Jerry Rice is quite likely the best of a generation, without doubt.

but....

He was no Max McGee!!!

Long live #85.


35 posted on 08/24/2006 2:12:52 PM PDT by PageMarker
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To: Alberta's Child

Or if the Niners had handled the cap intelligently. Defered salary sure seemed like a good idea early in the cap era, but it came back and bit every team that used it, and is still biting the Niners because they used it again while they were climbing out of the cap hell they got in the first time.


36 posted on 08/24/2006 2:14:49 PM PDT by discostu (you must be joking son, where did you get those shoes)
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To: scory

There was something a fews years back about him holding out and not showing up for training camp. Turned out his wife was in the hospital and he refused to leave.

That's when I decided he was a class act.


37 posted on 08/24/2006 2:14:59 PM PDT by mockingbyrd
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To: Lazamataz
That's all well and good, but I prefer her as a National Security Advisor.

Concert pianist, pro football receiver, University provost, and SecState. Buckaroo Banzai: The Sequel.

38 posted on 08/24/2006 2:18:35 PM PDT by LexBaird (Another member of the Bush/Halliburton/Zionist/CIA/NWO/Illuminati conspiracy for global domination!)
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To: PageMarker

I like Don Hutson.


39 posted on 08/24/2006 2:19:28 PM PDT by karnage
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To: discostu

No matter how hard they try, every team eventually reaches the point where the salary cap precludes them from keeping their star players. That's why it's so rare to find players spending their entire careers with one team anymore.


40 posted on 08/24/2006 2:22:52 PM PDT by Alberta's Child (Can money pay for all the days I lived awake but half asleep?)
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To: Thebaddog
What are York's stats?

His football acumen stats are abysmal, right down there with the likes of Bill Bidwell and Mike Brown - except they've both managed to get new stadiums for their teams, so they're ahead. For the rest of his stats, you'd need to ask Denise, Eddie's sister and York's wife.
41 posted on 08/24/2006 2:24:28 PM PDT by AnotherUnixGeek
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To: discostu
Or if the Niners had handled the cap intelligently. Defered salary sure seemed like a good idea early in the cap era, but it came back and bit every team that used it, and is still biting the Niners because they used it again while they were climbing out of the cap hell they got in the first time.

The 49ers salary cap problems are years in the past - they've been well under the cap for several years now. Their problem now is bad drafts, no free-agent signings of note, and most importantly, incompetent ownership.
42 posted on 08/24/2006 2:26:03 PM PDT by AnotherUnixGeek
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To: Alberta's Child

Not necessarily, it really depends on how many big stars they have and how smart they are about their pay structure. Over pay one guy and there's going to be trouble. But the specific problem the Niners and Broncos and Cowboys and Titans ran into was defered salary, when the Niners let Rice go nearly 1/4 of their cap was taken up paying guys (sometimes no longer with the team) for previous seasons, when you find yourself down to 3/4 budget because you're still paying for the past some nasty cuts are going to have to be made. IMHO defered salary is almost always a mistake in sports (reference Blues-Shanahan), but it's a really big mistake under a hard cap.


43 posted on 08/24/2006 2:31:33 PM PDT by discostu (you must be joking son, where did you get those shoes)
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To: Lekker 1

Indeed. Though the golden age ended when Dan Marino retired.


44 posted on 08/24/2006 2:35:02 PM PDT by Terpfen
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To: AnotherUnixGeek

Cap hell puts you through a ringer for a while, I know they extended their cap hell situation with more defered salary for another run (that didn't work) in the late 90s. But the additional snowball comes in because of those bad drafts and no free-agent signings of note, that kind of stuff often gets forced because you can't afford better drafts and good free-agents, so then even once the cap debt is paid off you're stuck with a team that stinks and there's generally not enough rounds of the draft or quality free-agents floating around for you to go from a team that well and truly stinks to good.


45 posted on 08/24/2006 2:35:44 PM PDT by discostu (you must be joking son, where did you get those shoes)
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To: 300magnum

How I loved him and Montana together. I am so pleased he will retire as a 49er Those were the magic days, and they will both be missed!


46 posted on 08/24/2006 2:36:40 PM PDT by ladyinred (Leftists, the enemy within.)
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To: 300magnum

In one of the books written about him, it tells of his
incredible work ethic. The vets, when he showed up in his
first year, watched him work out, and their jaws dropped.
They knew they had something special.
It was especially cool, when as 40 year old, he was outrunning
and out faking 22 year old newbie defensive backs.
It is reported that he had 4% total body fat. Normal for most
men is considered about 12-20%...or somewhere therabouts.
The man was a great athlete, and should be emulated for
his work ethic.


47 posted on 08/24/2006 3:11:47 PM PDT by Getready (Truth and wisdom are more elusive, and valuable, than gold and diamonds)
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To: 300magnum

I am a season ticketholder, living in Reno, who will definitely be there for the November 19th ceremony.


48 posted on 08/24/2006 4:26:07 PM PDT by kilowhskey (Land of the free, because of the brave.)
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To: scory
I remember reading an interview with one of the Raiders after Rice signed with them. He said the first thing he thought was, "great, another prima donna." To his surprise, Rice was out on the field an hour before practice and an hour after practice running routes with the backup quarterbacks. He said he didn't get to work with them much during the regular team practices, and wanted them to be comfortable with him if they had to come into the game.

That was the thing that was so impressive about Rice. He might have been the best, but he always played like he was trying to make the team. Note, this comes from a Cowboys fan.

49 posted on 08/24/2006 4:35:01 PM PDT by Richard Kimball (The most important thing is sincerity. Once you can fake that, everything else is easy.)
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To: discostu

Don't forget they were caught cheating on the cap, which is not the main, but one of the reasons Eddie DeBartolo is no longer running the team.


50 posted on 08/24/2006 5:23:52 PM PDT by ABG(anybody but Gore) ("By the time I'm finished with you, you're gonna wish you felt this good again" - Jack Bauer)
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