Jerry Rice Sr. is a former professional football player. He played college football at Mississippi Valley State and was selected by the San Francisco 49ers in the first round of the 1985 NFL Draft, 16th overall, where he spent 16 seasons.
Rice was a wide receiver in the NFL for 20 seasons, primarily with the 49ers. Rice was also a member of the Oakland Raiders and Seattle Seahawks. Due to his numerous records, accomplishments, and accolades, he is widely regarded as the greatest wide receiver in NFL history, and one of the greatest players in NFL history. Rice is the career leader in most major statistical categories for wide receivers, including receptions, touchdown receptions, and receiving yards, once being the leader for total yards and touchdowns in a season. He has scored more points than any other non-kicker in NFL history with 1,256. Rice was selected to the Pro Bowl 13 times (1986–1996, 1998, 2002) and named All-Pro 12 times in his 20 NFL seasons. He won three Super Bowls with the 49ers and an AFC Championship with the Raiders.
As of 2017, Rice holds over 100 NFL records, the most of any player by a wide margin. In 2010, he was chosen by NFL Network's NFL Films production The Top 100: NFL's Greatest Players as the greatest player in NFL history. Rice was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2010 and the College Football Hall of Fame in 2006.