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Jerry Rice, who is considered by most to be the greatest wide receiver in the history of the NFL, has a son who is trying to make it into the league.
Jerry Rice Jr. was not drafted, but he is getting a shot to show his stuff at several rookie camps. His first stop was with the Baltimore Ravens, where he got just as much media attention as the Ravens’ new draft picks.
Of course, this is to be expected, considering you his father is and the legacy that this entails. However, there is a downside to having Jerry Rice as your father as well. And that is the fact that you are always going to be unfairly compared to the NFL legend.
Rice Jr. said that this is something that he has already gotten used to, adding that it is simply up to him to do the best that he can and hopefully show that he is good enough to play in the league which his father helped to shape and define.
According to most reports, Rice did make one very nice catch during the mini camp, but there wasn’t not much that he could have done to really distinguish himself from the rest of the players on the field. He is not even built as well as his father. Rice Jr. is about three inches shorter and 15 pounds lighter than his father was in his glory days.
However, the Ravens coaches said that they were impressed by the knowledge of the game that he showed and the fact that he ran very smooth routes.
Ravens coach John Harbaugh said that while he does not have the size that his father had, he definitely has the same athleticism. The coach said that Rice Jr. style of running is very similar to his fathers, adding that he is very natural and familiar with the West Coast offense. He said that this should be no surprise, since he’s probably been studying it with his father since he was a child.
Rice Jr. said that regardless of what happens, he is happy with the way he performed and that he enjoyed himself in the process.
Rice played for three seasons as a walk-on at UCLA and only had nine catches. In 2013, he played at UNLV and had 11 catches for one touchdown.