The name Rice may be among the most well-known names in all of sports. Jerry Rice was arguably the greatest wide receiver in NFL history and helped create a dynasty with the San Francisco 49ers. Now, the legacy of the Rice name will carried on by his son Jerry Rice Jr., who was signed last week by the Washington Redskins. The terms of the contract remain unclear, but Rice Jr. is hoping to blaze his own path in the NFL.
Rice Jr. began his collegiate career at UCLA where he was a preferred walk on. Then, after four years of minimal playing time, he transferred to UNLV and played in nine games during his senior season. The former Running Rebel had tryouts with the Baltimore Ravens and his father’s former team, the 49ers, before finally catching on with the Redskins.
Not much is immediately expected from Rice Jr., who stands at 5’10’’ and weighs 185 pounds, but as a long term project he may be able to develop into a nice slot receiver. Also, the savviness that accompanies growing up around the game of football cannot be taught and may help him fill the large shoes left by his father.