Jerry Rice is considered to be the greatest wide receiver in the history of the National Football League and is the all-time leader in most major statistical categories for wide receivers. During his career, he played for the San Francisco 49ers, the Oakland Raiders and the Seattle Seahawks.
It was during his time with San Francisco that he caught his 101st career touchdown reception, breaking the record for most career touchdowns previously held by Steve Largent.
Drafted in 1985 out of Mississippi Valley State University, Rice became a star wide receiver for the 49ers, a team that would dominate professional football throughout the late 1980s and early 1990s. He was voted the National Football League’s Most Valuable Player after the players’-strike-shortened 1987 season, when he led the league in scoring (138 points) and set league records for touchdown receptions (23) and touchdown catches in consecutive games (13).
Rice’s primary goal, however, was getting his team to the Super Bowl, which he did the following year. Catching 11 passes for 215 yards and one touchdown, Rice led the 49ers to a 20-16 win over the Cincinnati Bengals and was named MVP of Super Bowl XXIII. Teaming with the 49ers’ star quarterback Joe Montana, Rice collected another Super Bowl ring the following year after a lopsided 55-10 victory over the Denver Broncos.
He officially retired in 2006.
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