13. Jerry Rice

Nola McConnan + Tim Cortes

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Watercolor Painting

Nola McConnan + Tim Cortes

In 2013 the Pro Football Hall of Fame and Museum celebrated its 50th anniversary by adding a new addition adjacent to the original building. The new section of the Hall of Fame was joined to the existing section by means of a passageway called the Time Tunnel. The Hall of Fame decided to decorate the...

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In 2013 the Pro Football Hall of Fame and Museum celebrated its 50th anniversary by adding a new addition adjacent to the original building. The new section of the Hall of Fame was joined to the existing section by means of a passageway called the Time Tunnel. The Hall of Fame decided to decorate the passageway by showing life-size portraits of The 15 Greatest NFL Players of All Time. The Hall of Fame hired Scott Sillcox of Heritage Sports Art to create the player images. This framed piece contains the two actual original pieces of art that were used to create the life-size image of Player #13 in the timeline – Jerry Rice. To the viewer’s left is the actual original watercolor painting of Rice’s uniformed body, while the image in the center-top is the actual original painting of Rice’s face. The image to the viewer’s right is the final art that was electronically created using the two original pieces of art, and it is this compiled image that has been enlarged to life-size and can be found in the Time Tunnel at the Hall of Fame.

The San Francisco 49ers used their first round draft pick in 1985 on wide receiver Jerry Rice from little known Mississippi Valley State. It did not take long for that decision to pay huge dividends.

Rice gave a glimpse of what was to come when he averaged 18.9 yards per catch on 49 receptions for 927 yards and 3 TDs as a rookie. He also rushed six times and scored one touchdown on the ground.

In 1986, Rice recorded a season that began perhaps the finest stretch by any receiver in NFL history. That year, he caught 86 passes for a league-leading 1,570 yards. He also led the NFL in touchdown catches with 15. It marked the first of 11 straight 1,000-yard seasons for Rice who also recorded double-digit receiving touchdown totals in nine of the next 10 seasons.

The following year, Rice set the NFL record for touchdown receptions in a season with 22. His first of four seasons with 100 catches came in 1990 when he had an even 100 receptions to lead the NFL in that category. It marked the first of two receiving titles for Rice.

He led the NFL in receiving yards six times including a NFL record 1,848 yards in 1995. Rice also led the NFL in touchdown receptions six times.

No wide receiver in NFL history played more than Rice’s 20 seasons. By the time he retired after finishing his career with Oakland and Seattle, he was the most prolific wide receiver in NFL history with staggering career totals.

He owns virtually every significant receiving mark. Some of the more notable career records include receptions (1,549); receiving yards (22,895 yards); most 1,000-yard receiving seasons (14); total touchdowns (208); and combined net yards (23,546).

Rice has a hold on multiple NFL playoff and Super Bowl records. He played in eight conference championships and four Super Bowls. He earned three Super Bowl rings with the 49ers and was named the Most Valuable Player of San Francisco’s Super Bowl XXIII win over the Cincinnati Bengals.

Rice, who was named first-team All-Pro 11 consecutive seasons and voted to 13 Pro Bowls, is also a member of the NFL’s All-Decade Teams of the 1980s and 1990s and NFL’s 75th Anniversary Team.

JERRY LEE RICE … MISSISSIPPI VALLEY STATE UNIVERSITY ... 6'2'', 200 ... SELECTED BY 49ERS IN FIRST ROUND (16TH PLAYER OVERALL), 1985 … SET NFL RECORD WITH 22 TD RECEPTIONS, 1987 … LED NFL IN RECEIVING YARDS AND TOUCHDOWN RECEPTIONS SIX TIMES … RECORD 1,848 YARDS RECEIVING, 1995 … OWNS VIRTUALLY EVERY SIGNIFICANT RECEIVING MARK INCLUDING RECEPTIONS (1,549); RECEIVING YARDS (22,895); MOST 1,000-YARD RECEIVING SEASONS (14) … HAD RECORD 208 TOTAL TOUCHDOWNS; 23,546 COMBINED NET YARDS … SUPER BOWL XXIII MVP… NAMED FIRST-TEAM ALL-PRO 11 CONSECUTIVE SEASONS … 13 PRO BOWLS … BORN OCTOBER 13, 1962 IN STARKVILLE, MISSISSIPPI.

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