American football player Jerry Rice leaps above the defense of the Kansas City Chiefs to make a catch during a game. Rice, who joined the National Football League (NFL) in 1985, holds most of the career records for receivers, including most receptions, touchdown catches, and reception yardage.
Jerry Rice, born in 1962, American professional football player, who in 1995 became the National Football League (NFL) career record holder for most receiving yards, surpassing the mark of 14,004 yards set by James Lofton. Rice also holds the NFL records for the most career receptions and touchdowns.
Jerry Lee Rice was born in Starkville, Mississippi. He became an All-American receiver at Mississippi Valley State University, setting numerous Division II records, including a career total of 4,693 receiving yards. The San Francisco 49ers selected Rice in the first round of the 1985 NFL draft.
Rice rapidly became one of the top NFL receivers, teaming with quarterback Joe Montana to form one of the most effective passing combinations in football history. Rice and Montana led the 49ers to consecutive Super Bowl victories in 1989 and 1990, with Rice winning the most valuable player (MVP) in the 1989 title game. After Montana was traded, Rice and quarterback Steve Young paced the team to another world championship in 1995.
Rice signed with the Oakland Raiders as a free agent before the 2001 season. After three years in Oakland the Raiders traded him to the Seattle Seahawks midway through the 2004 season. At the time of the trade, Rice had compiled 1,524 catches, 22,533 receiving yards, and 204 touchdowns during his record-setting career.
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