While being inducted into the Hall of Fame, NFL receiving leader
Jerry Rice says he believes he still could play.
The man who holds every important pass-catching record as the
game breaker in the West Coast offense for the San Francisco 49ers
was elected in his first year of eligibility. He became the top
receiver in the pro game’s most dangerous scheme, combining with
Joe Montana and then Steve Young to establish marks that might
never be broken.
Rice caught 1,549 passes for 22,895 yards and 208 touchdowns,
easily shattering the previous records. He made 10 All-Pro teams,
was chosen for 13 Pro Bowls, and made receptions in an
almost-unimaginable 274 consecutive games.
Yet, he says, at 47, ”I played for 20 years and I still believe
in my heart I could play today.”