Skip to comments.Rice ends matchless career as a 49er
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.
Couldn't they let him catch just one more, for old times' sake?..........
In before the NFL Ping!
The man was a dedicated professional and probably the greatest receiver of all time. Never heard of any off-the-field problems either.
Nice touch by the 49ers.
Should have Joe Montana throw him one.
That's all well and good, but I prefer her as a National Security Advisor.
Sure. As long as Roy Williams gets to pop him after the catch.
Only that dancing with the stars thing.
He can still play better than most recievers out there. Especially on Monday night.
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.
South40 = son of a bricklayer.
I'm pretty sure the comparisons end there.
Jerry Rice - A class act if there ever was one.
Great but arrogant receiver. He still fumbled in that 1999 Packers/Niners Wildcard playoff game damnit.
And let Doug Flutie intercept. lol
Excellent move. I'll always remember those years.
It's not like we'll have any more like that with the present ownership...
I wonder if he gets the league minimum for that.
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