Jerry Rice enters Hall of Fame

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.”