San Francisco 49ers Rookie Jerry Rice Jr. Looks to Make a Name for Himself

By Ronnie Hampston
SSan Francisco 49ers NFL Draft
Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

The name Jerry Rice in San Francisco is like saying George Bush when you go to Texas. Rice was a legend while playing for the San Francisco 49ers and helped lead the 49ers to three Super Bowl titles. Rice is one of the greatest players to ever play the game of football and his records are close to untouchable.

There is a new Rice in San Francisco these days, and it so happens to be Jerry Rice Jr.  Rice Jr. is at rookie camp trying to earn a roster spot. He has the namesake of his father, and that places a mountain of pressure on him.

Rice Jr. is trying to make a name for himself, and the 49ers are giving him the opportunity to do so. The rookie wide receiver is wearing No. 83 and not choosing to go with his father’s famous No. 80.

It is unknown if Rice Jr. will make the team, because the 49ers are loaded with wide receivers, but it is great to see him chase his dream no matter the circumstances.

Rice may not have the collegiate stats that will garner him respect, but you never know how things will shape up. No matter if Rice makes the team or not it has to be a great feeling to wear the 49ers colors with Rice on the back of his jersey. It may not be No.80, but at least he is able to say that he attempted to follow in his father’s footsteps.

Ronnie Hampston is a San Francisco 49ers writer for, follow him on Twitter, “Like” him on Facebook, or add him to your network on Google.

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