Hall of Fame - Inductee Detail

Jerry "World" Rice

Jerry "World" Rice

Details

  • Position: Wide Receiver
  • School: Mississippi Valley State
  • High School: B.L. Moor HS
  • Years: 1981-1984
  • Inducted: 2006
  • Place of Birth: Starkville, MS
  • Date of Birth: Oct 13, 1962
  • Jersey Number: 88
  • Height: 6-3
  • Weight: 200

Member Biography

Widely regarded as one of the greatest wide receivers in history on any level, Mississippi Valley State's Jerry Rice joins his former college quarterback Willie Totten as both ends of the famed Delta Devil 'Satellite Express' will now be members of the College Football Hall of Fame. Rice grew up in the small town of Crawford Mississippi and honed his remarkable hands by laying bricks with his father as a boy. No Division I-A school showed interest in Rice coming out of high school, but Mississippi Valley State offered him the chance to play college football in his hometown and he produced one of the greatest careers in the history of the game. As a sophomore, Rice caught 66 passes for 1,133 yards and seven touchdowns. He followed that performance with a record-setting 1983 campaign, setting NCAA marks for receptions (102) and receiving yards (1,450). He was named first-team Division I-AA All-America. Rice finished ninth in the 1984 Heisman Trophy voting as he broke his own Division I-AA records for receptions (103) and receiving yards (1,682). His 27 touchdown receptions that season set the NCAA mark for all divisions. Rice was named the 1984 SWAC Player of the Year and Offensive Player of the Year for the State of Mississippi. In addition to being named first-team Division I-AA All-America, the NEA and Football Writers´┐Ż Association of America both named Rice to their first-team Division I-A All-America squads. By the end of his collegiate career, Rice shattered every Mississippi Valley State receiving record, catching 301 career passes for 4,693 yards and 50 touchdowns. Drafted by the San Francisco 49ers with the 16th overall selection in the 1985 NFL Draft, Rice became arguably the greatest player in NFL history. In 20 seasons (1985-2004), he was named to 13 Pro Bowls, won three Super Bowls and broke virtually every receiving record. Perennially among the annual league receiving leaders, Rice led the NFL in receptions two times, receiving yards six times, and touchdown receptions six times. He caught a league record 1,549 career passes for 22,895 yards and 197 touchdowns and his 208 career total touchdowns is also an NFL benchmark.