Monday, December 29, 2014

Pillars of the NFL: Jerry Rice

In Patrick McCaskey's Pillars of the NFL: Coaches Who Have Won Three or More Championships he covers the ten greatest NFL coaches of all-time.  Among the pillars is Bill Walsh who coached the San Francisco 49ers to three Super Bowl victories in the 1980s.  Walsh was innovative and called "Genius" by the sports media.

 In Pillars, we describe some of Walsh's key players.  This post examines one of those. 




Jerry Rice


The 49ers’ first round draft pick in 1985, Jerry Rice is considered by many to be the NFL’s best wide receiver.  He played in San Francisco for 16 years of his incredibly productive 20 seasons. It's hard to imagine the 49ers and Joe Montana without the gifted Rice. Rice led the NFL in reception and receiving touchdowns six times.  He was the most prolific NFL receiver in history.  He won three Super Bowls and was MVP in Super Bowl XXIII.  He continues to hold many receiving records.

Super Bowl XXIII
named the Most Valuable Player of San Francisco’s Super Bowl XXIII win over the Cincinnati Bengals. - See more at: http://www.profootballhof.com/hof/member.aspx?PlayerId=290#sthash.ONAPbZiA.dpuf
He led the NFL in receiving yards six times including a NFL record 1,848 yards in 1995. Rice also led the NFL in touchdown receptions six times. - See more at: http://www.profootballhof.com/hof/member.aspx?PlayerId=290#sthash.ONAPbZiA.dpuf
He led the NFL in receiving yards six times including a NFL record 1,848 yards in 1995. Rice also led the NFL in touchdown receptions six times. - See more at: http://www.profootballhof.com/hof/member.aspx?PlayerId=290#sthash.ONAPbZiA.dpuf

He led the NFL in receiving yards six times including a NFL record 1,848 yards in 1995. Rice also led the NFL in touchdown receptions six times. - See more at: http://www.profootballhof.com/hof/member.aspx?PlayerId=290#sthash.ONAPbZiA.dpuf

He led the NFL in receiving yards six times including a NFL record 1,848 yards in 1995. Rice also led the NFL in touchdown receptions six times. - See more at: http://www.profootballhof.com/hof/member.aspx?PlayerId=290#sthash.ONAPbZiA.dpuf
He led the NFL in receiving yards six times including a NFL record 1,848 yards in 1995. Rice also led the NFL in touchdown receptions six times. - See more at: http://www.profootballhof.com/hof/member.aspx?PlayerId=290#sthash.ONAPbZiA.dpuf
See "The Day Dick Butkus Caught a Bobby Douglass Pass for the Win."
He led the NFL in receiving yards six times including a NFL record 1,848 yards in 1995. Rice also led the NFL in touchdown receptions six times. - See more at: http://www.profootballhof.com/hof/member.aspx?PlayerId=290#sthash.ONAPbZiA.dpuf