JERRY RICE

JERRY RICE

Class of 2010
Wide Receiver >>> 6-2, 200
(Mississippi Valley State)
1985-2000 San Francisco 49ers, 2001-04 Oakland Raiders, 2004 Seattle Seahawks

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.

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.

Year Team G No. Yds. Avg. TD No. Yds. Avg. TD
1985 San Francisco 16 49 927 18.9 3 6 26 4.3 1
1986 San Francisco 16 86 1,570 18.3 15 10 72 7.2 1
1987 San Francisco 12 65 1,078 16.6 22 8 51 6.4 1
1988 San Francisco 16 64 1,306 20.4 9 13 107 8.2 1
1989 San Francisco 16 82 1,483 18.1 17 5 33 6.6 0
1990 San Francisco 16 100 1,502 15.0 13 2 0 0.0 0
1991 San Francisco 16 80 1,206 15.1 14 1 2 2.0 0
1992 San Francisco 16 84 1,201 14.3 10 9 58 6.4 1
1993 San Francisco 16 98 1,503 15.3 15 3 69 23.0 1
1994 San Francisco 16 112 1,499 13.4 13 7 93 13.3 2
1995 San Francisco 16 122 1,848 15.1 15 5 36 7.2 1
1996 San Francisco 16 108 1,254 11.6 8 11 77 7.0 1
1997 San Francisco 2 7 78 11.1 1 1 -10 -10.0 0
1998 San Francisco 16 82 1,157 14.1 9 -- -- -- --
1999 San Francisco 16 67 830 12.4 5 2 13 6.5 0
2000 San Francisco 16 75 805 10.7 7 1 -2 -2.0 0
2001 Oakland 16 83 1,139 13.7 9 -- -- -- --
2002 Oakland 16 92 1,211 13.2 7 3 20 6.7.0 0
2003 Oakland 16 63 869 13.8 2 -- -- -- --
2004 Oak/Seattle 17 30 429 14.3 3 -- -- -- --
Career Total 303 1,549 22,895 14.8 197 87 645 7.4 10
Additional Career Statistics: Passing: 10-3-71, 1 TD, 1 INT; Kick Returns: 1-6; Two-Point Conversions: 4

Championship Games

1988 NFC – San Francisco 49ers 28, Chicago Bears 3
Rice started at wide receiver. He had five receptions for 133 yards and two touchdowns, one of which was a 61-yarder.

1989 NFC – San Francisco 49ers 30, Los Angeles Rams 3
Rice started at wide receiver. He had five receptions for 55 yards.

1990 NFC – New York Giants 15, San Francisco 49ers 13
Rice started at wide receiver. He had five receptions for 54 yards.

1992 NFC – Dallas Cowboys 30, San Francisco 49ers 20
Rice started at wide receiver. He had eight receptions for 123 yard and one touchdown.

1993 NFC – Dallas Cowboys 38, San Francisco 49ers 21
Rice started at wide receiver. He had six receptions for 83 yards.

1994 NFCSan Francisco 49ers 38, Dallas Cowboys 28
Rice started at wide receiver. He had two receptions for 36 yards and one touchdown.

1997 NFC – Green Bay Packers 23, San Francisco 49ers 10
Rice did not play in this game due to injury.

2002 AFC – Oakland Raiders 41, Tennessee Titans 24
Rice started at wide receiver. He had five receptions for 79 yards.

Super Bowls

Super Bowl XXIII – San Francisco 49ers 20, Cincinnati Bengals 16
Rice started at wide receiver. He had 11 receptions for 215 yards and one touchdown. He was named MVP of the game.

Super Bowl XXIV – San Francisco 49ers 55, Denver Broncos 10
Rice started at wide receiver. He had seven receptions for 148 yards and three touchdowns.

Super Bowl XXIX – San Francisco 49ers 49, San Diego Chargers 26
Rice started at wide receiver. He had 10 receptions for 149 yards and three touchdowns. He also had one rush for 10 yards.

Super Bowl XXXVII – Tampa Bay Buccaneers 48, Oakland Raiders 21
Rice started at wide receiver. He had five receptions for 77 yards and one touchdown.

All-Pro: 1986 (AP, PFWA, NEA, SN, PW), 1987 (AP, PFWA, NEA, SN, PW), 1988 (AP, PFWA, SN, PW), 1989 (AP, PFWA, NEA, SN, PW), 1990 (AP, PFWA, NEA, SN, PW), 1991 (SN, PW), 1992 (AP, PFWA, SN, NEA), 1993 (AP, PFWA, SN), 1994 (AP, PFWA, SN), 1995 (AP, PFWA, SN), 1996 (AP, PFWA, SN)

All-Pro Second Team: 1988 (NEA), 1991 (NEA), 2002 (AP)

All-NFC: 1986 (UPI, PW), 1987 (UPI, PW), 1988 (UPI, PW), 1989 (UPI, PW), 1990 (UPI, PW), 1991 (PW), 1992 (UPI, PW), 1993 (UPI, PW), 1994 (UPI, PW), 1995 (UPI, PW), 1996 (UPI, PW)

(13) – 1987, 1988, 1989*, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995*, 1996, 1997*, 1999, 2003

* Did not play

(at time of his retirement following 2004 season)

• [1st] Most Touchdowns, Career – 208
• [1st] Most Pass Receptions, Career – 1,549
• [1st] Most Seasons, 50 or More Pass Receptions – 17
• [1st] Most Consecutive Game with Pass Reception – 274
• [1st] Most Pass Receiving Yards Gained, Career – 22,895
• [1st] Most Seasons, 1,000 or More Yards Receiving – 14
• [1st] Most Pass Receiving Yards Gained, Season – 1,848 (1995)
• [1st] Most Games, 100 or More Yards Receiving, Career – 76
• [1st] Most Receiving Touchdowns, Career – 197
• [1st] Most Receiving Touchdowns, Season – 22 (1987)
• [1st] Most Consecutive Game with Receiving Touchdown – 13 (1986-1987)
• [1st] Most Yards From Scrimmage, Career – 23,540
• [1st] Most Combined Net Yards, Career – 23,546
• [Tied for 1st] Most Receiving Touchdowns, Game – 5 (vs. Atlanta, Oct. 14, 1990)
• [2nd] Most Seasons Leading League, Pass Receiving Yardage – 6 (1986, 1989-1990, 1993-1995)
• [2nd] Most Consecutive Seasons Leading League, Pass Receiving Yardage – 3 (1993-1995)
• [2nd] Most Seasons Leading League, Receiving Touchdowns – 6 (1986-1987, 1989-1991, 1993)
• [Tied for 2nd] Most Touchdowns, Game – 5 (vs. Atlanta, Oct. 14, 1990)
• [Tied for 2nd] Most Games, 200 or More Yards Receiving, Career – 4
• [Tied for 3rd] Most Consecutive Games Scoring Touchdown – 13 (1986-1987)
• [Tied for 3rd] Most Two-Point Conversions, Career – 4
• [Tied for 3rd] Most Pass Receptions, Season – 122 (1995)
• [Tied for 3rd] Most Games, 100 or More Yards Receiving, Season – 9 (1995)
• [Tied for 3rd] Most Consecutive Seasons Leading League, Receiving Touchdowns – 3 (1989-1991)
• [Tied for 3rd] Most Receiving Touchdowns, Season – 17 (1989)

Super Bowl Records
• [1st] Most Points, Career – 48
• [1st] Most Pass Receptions, Career – 33
• [1st] Most Touchdowns, Career – 8
• [1st] Most Yards Receiving, Career – 589
• [1st] Most Yards Receiving, Game – 215 (vs. Cincinnati, Super Bowl XXII)
• [1st] Most Receiving Touchdowns, Career – 8
• [1st] Most Receiving Touchdowns, Game – 3 (vs. Denver, Super Bowl XXIV; vs. San Diego, Super Bowl XXIX)
• [1st] Most Combined Net Yards, Career – 604
• [Tied for 1st] Most Points, Game – 18 (vs. Denver, Super Bowl XXIV; vs. San Diego, Super Bowl XXIX)
• [Tied for 1st] Most Touchdowns, Game – 3 (vs. Denver, Super Bowl XXIV; vs. San Diego, Super Bowl XXIX)
• [Tied for 1st] Most Pass Receptions, Game – 11 (vs. Cincinnati, Super Bowl XXII)
• [Tied for 2nd] Most Pass Receptions, Game – 10 (vs. San Diego, Super Bowl XXIX)

Postseason Records
• [1st] Most Games, Career – 29
• [1st] Most Touchdowns, Career – 22
• [1st] Most Pass Receptions, Career – 151
• [1st] Most Consecutive Game with a Pass Reception – 28
• [1st] Most Yards Receiving, Career – 2,245
• [1st] Most Games, 100 or More Yards Receiving – 8
• [1st] Most Receiving Touchdowns, Career – 22
• [1st] Most Combined Net Yards, Career – 2,289
• [Tied for 1st] Most Consecutive Games, 100 or More Yards Receiving – 3 (1988-1989)
• [Tied for 1st] Most Receiving Touchdowns, Game – 3 (vs. Minnesota, Jan 1, 1989; vs. Denver, Super Bowl XXIV; vs. San Diego, Super Bowl XXIX)
• [2nd] Most Points, Career – 132
• [Tied for 2nd] Most Touchdowns, Game – 3 (vs. Minnesota, Jan 1, 1989; vs. Denver, Super Bowl XXIV; vs. San Diego, Super Bowl XXIX)
• [Tied for 3rd] Most Pass Receptions, Game – 11 (vs. Cincinnati, Super Bowl XXII; vs. Green Bay, Jan. 6, 1996)
• [Tied for 3rd] Most Consecutive Games With Receiving Touchdown – 4 (1988-1989)

Pro Bowl Records
• [1st] Most Receptions, Career – 37
• [1st] Most Yards Receiving, Career – 495
• [Tied for 1st] Most Games Played – 10
• [Tied for 3rd] Most Receptions, Game – 7 (1992)


49ers records held by Rice
(Records through the 2000 season, Rice’s final season with San Francisco)

• [1st] Most Games, Career – 238
• [1st] Most Points, Career – 1,130
• [1st] Most Points, Season – 138 (1987)
• [1st] Most Points, Game – 30 (vs. Atlanta, Oct. 14, 1990)
• [1st] Most Touchdowns, Career – 187
• [1st] Most Touchdowns, Season – 23 (1987)
• [1st] Most Touchdowns, Game – 5 (vs. Atlanta, Oct. 14, 1990)
• [1st] Most Pass Receptions, Career – 1,281
• [1st] Most Pass Receptions, Season – 122 (1995)
• [1st] Most Consecutive Games with a Pass Reception – 225 (1985-2000)
• [1st] Most Yards Receiving, Career – 19,247
• [1st] Most Yards Receiving, Season – 1,848 (1995)
• [1st] Most Yards Receiving, Game – 289 (vs. Minnesota, Dec. 18, 1995)
• [1st] Most Seasons, 1,000 or More Yards Receiving – 12
• [1st] Most Games, 100 or More Yards Receiving, Career – 66
• [1st] Most Games, 100 or More Yards Receiving, Season – 9 (1995)
• [1st] Most Consecutive Games, 100 or More Yards Receiving – 4 (Oct. 29, 1995 to Nov. 20, 1995)
• [1st] Most Receiving Touchdowns, Career – 176
• [1st] Most Receiving Touchdowns, Season – 22 (1987)
• [1st] Most Receiving Touchdowns, Game – 5 (vs. Atlanta, Oct. 14, 1990)
• [1st] Most Consecutive Game with Receiving Touchdown – 13 (1986-1987)
• [1st] Most Yards Receiving, Rookie Season – 927 (1985)
• [1st] Most Yards Receiving in Single Game, Rookie Season – 241 (vs. L.A. Rams, Dec. 9, 1985)
• [Tied for 1st] Most Pass Receptions in Single Game, Rookie Season – 10 (vs. L.A. Rams, Dec. 9, 1985)
• [2nd] Most Touchdowns, Season – 17 (1989, 1995)
• [2nd] Most Consecutive Games, Career – 189 (1985-1997)
• [2nd] Most Pass Receptions, Season – 112 (1994)
• [2nd] Most Pass Receptions, Game – 16 (vs. L.A. Rams, Nov. 20, 1994)
• [2nd] Most Yards Receiving, Season – 1,570 (1986)
• [2nd] Longest Pass Reception – 96t – (at San Diego, Nov. 27, 1988)
• [2nd] Most Games, 100 or More Yards Receiving, Season – 8 (1989)
• [2nd] Highest Average per Reception, Game - 32.2 (at Dallas, Nov. 20, 1995 - 5-161)
• [2nd] Most Receiving Touchdowns, Season – 17 (1989)
• [2nd] Most Receiving Touchdowns, Game – 4 (at Tampa Bay, Nov. 14, 1994)
• [Tied for 2nd] Most Touchdowns, Game – 4 (at Tampa Bay, Nov. 14, 1994)
• [Tied 2nd] Most Consecutive Games, 100 or More Yards Receiving – 3 (four times)
• [Tied for 2nd] Most Consecutive Game with Receiving Touchdown – 8 (1989)
• [3rd] Most Touchdowns, Season – 16 (1986, 1993)
• [3rd] Most Pass Receptions, Season – 108 (1996)
• [3rd] Most Pass Receptions, Game – 14 (vs. Minnesota, Dec. 18, 1995)
• [3rd] Most Yards Receiving, Season – 1,503 (1993)
• [3rd] Most Games, 100 or More Yards Receiving, Season – 7 (1990)
• [3rd] Most Receiving Touchdowns, Season – 15 (1986, 1993, 1995)
• [3rd] Most Pass Receptions, Rookie Season – 49 (1985)
• [Tied for 3rd] Most Points, Game – 24 (at Tampa Bay, Nov. 14, 1994)
• [Tied for 3rd] Most Receiving Touchdowns, Game – 3 (eight times)

Postseason Records
• [1st] Most Pass Receptions, Game – 11 (vs. Cincinnati, Super Bowl XXII)
• [1st] Most Yards Receiving, Game – 215 (vs. Cincinnati, Super Bowl XXII)
• [1st] Most Points Scored, Career – 114
• [1st] Most Receptions, Career – 124
• [1st] Most Yards Receiving, Career – 1,796
• [1st] Most Touchdowns, Career – 19
• [1st] Most Receiving Touchdowns, Career – 19
• [1st] Most Yards from Scrimmage, Game – 220 (vs. Cincinnati, Super Bowl XXII)
• [Tied for 1st] Most Receiving Touchdowns, Game – 3 (vs. Minnesota, Jan 1, 1989; vs. Denver, Super Bowl XXIV; vs. San Diego, Super Bowl XXIX)
• [2nd] Most Yards Receiving, Game – 149 (vs. San Diego, Super Bowl XXIX)
• [3rd] Most Yards Receiving, Game – 148 (vs. Denver, Super Bowl XXIV)
• [3rd] Longest Pass Reception – 72t (vs. Minnesota, Dec. 6, 1990)

Raiders records held by Rice
(Records through the 2004 season, Rice’s final season with Oakland)

• [Tied for 3rd] Most Pass Receptions, Game – 11 (at Pittsburgh, September 15, 2002)

Postseason Records
• [Tied for 1st] Most Pass Receptions, Game – 9 (at N.Y. Jets, Jan. 12, 2002)
• [3rd] Most Yards Receiving, Game – 183 (at N.Y. Jets, Jan. 12, 2002)

NFL Statistical Championships
Scoring Titles: 1987
Touchdown Leader: 1987, 1993
Pass Receiving Titles: 1990, 1996
Pass Receiving Yardage Titles: 1986, 1989, 1990, 1993, 1994, 1995

NFC Statistical Championships
Scoring Titles: 1987
Touchdown Leader: 1987, 1993
Pass Receiving Titles: 1986, 1990, 1996
Pass Receiving Yardage Titles: 1986, 1989, 1990, 1993, 1994, 1995

Team Statistical Championships
Pass Receiving Titles: 1986, 1989, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1998, 1999, 2002O, 2003 O
Scoring Titles: 1987, 1995

O Oakland Raiders All other titles with San Francisco 49ers

• 1980s All-Decade Team
• 1990s All-Decade Team
• NFL’s 75th Anniversary Team
• All-Time NFL Team (selected in year 2000)
• Super Bowl Silver Anniversary Team
• 1986 Offensive Player of the Year (PW)
• 1987 Most Valuable Player/Player of the Year (PFWA, NEA, SN, MX)
• 1987 Offensive Player of the Year (AP, PW)
• 1987 NFC Offensive Player of the Year (UPI)
• Super Bowl XXIII MVP
• 1990 Player of the Year (SN)
• 1993 Offensive Player of the Year (AP)
• 1996 AFC-NFC Pro Bowl Player of the Game

Year Team W L T Division Finish
1985 San Francisco 49ers 10 6 0 (2nd)
1986 San Francisco 49ers 10 5 1 (1st)
1987 San Francisco 49ers 13 2 0 (1st)
1988 San Francisco 49ers 10 6 0 (1st)
1989 San Francisco 49ers 14 2 0 (1st)
1990 San Francisco 49ers 14 2 0 (1st)
1991 San Francisco 49ers 10 6 0 (3rd)
1992 San Francisco 49ers 14 2 0 (1st)
1993 San Francisco 49ers 10 6 0 (1st)
1994 San Francisco 49ers 13 3 0 (1st)
1995 San Francisco 49ers 11 5 0 (1st)
1996 San Francisco 49ers 12 4 0 (2nd)
1997 San Francisco 49ers 13 3 0 (1st)
1998 San Francisco 49ers 12 4 0 (2nd)
1999 San Francisco 49ers 4 12 0 (4th)
2000 San Francisco 49ers 6 10 0 (4th)
2001 Oakland Raiders 10 6 0 (1st)
2002 Oakland Raiders 11 5 0 (3rd)
2003 Oakland Raiders 4 12 0 (3rd)
2004 Oakland Raiders 5 11 0 (4th)
2004 Seattle Seahawks 9 7 0 (1st)

 

Full Name: Jerry Lee Rice

Birthdate: October, 13 1962

Birthplace: Starkville, Mississippi

High School: B.L. Moor (Crawford, MS)

Elected to Pro Football Hall of Fame: February 6, 2010

Enshrined into Pro Football Hall of Fame: August 7, 2010

Presenter: Eddie DeBartolo, Jr., former San Francisco 49ers owner

Other Members of the Class of 2010: Russ GrimmRickey Jackson, Dick LeBeau, Floyd Little, John Randle, Emmitt Smith

Pro Career: 20 seasons, 303 games

Drafted: 1st round (16th player overall) in 1985 by San Francisco 49ers

Transactions: June 5, 2001  – Rice signed as a free agent with San Francisco 49ers. | October 19, 2004 – Rice traded by Oakland Raiders to Seattle Seahawks in exchange for conditional 7th round draft pick, 2005 | June 1, 2005 – Rice signed as free agent with Denver Broncos.

Uniform Number: #80

Pro Football Hall of Fame Field at Fawcett Stadium
August 7, 2010

START OF PRESENTER VIDEO

Eddie DeBartolo, Jr. (presenter):

1,549 receptions, 22,895 yards, 208 touchdowns—you can go through the ranks of the different positions, there isn’t anybody that is anywhere near Jerry Rice, in ability and what he’s done on the football field. There’s no question that Jerry Rice is the greatest athlete and greatest football player that has ever put on a uniform.

Narrator: (Steve Sabol):
He was the son of a brick mason, who developed his craft catching bricks from his father in the harsh Mississippi sun.  After shattering nearly every NCAA receiving record, Rice joined the defending Super Bowl champion 49ers in the fall of 1985. History followed.
 
DeBartolo:
The day he stepped on our surface in Santa Clara, you could tell he was different. He worked harder than anybody that I have ever seen, and I think that all stems from his fear of failing. He had a work ethic that goes back to when he was a child.  From the way he wears his clothes, to the way he acts. He is a perfectionist. His uniform had to be perfect or he didn’t feel perfect on the field. And when he felt perfect on the field he was perfect on the field.

One game that stands out in my mind would be the NFC Championship game that we played against the Bears in the 1988 season in Chicago.  It was somewhere around 27 or 30 degrees below zero. They figured these guys from San Francisco coming in here weren’t going to be able to handle this cold weather. And on the third play of the game Joe Montana threw a pass to Jerry Rice, in double coverage, on the right sideline and he raced some sixty yards for a touchdown.  That set the tone.  We went on then to win the Super Bowl in Miami, against the Cincinnati Bengals.  Jerry was named Most Valuable Player.  He became then the face of the franchise.

Narrator:
After performing at an MVP level on the sport’s biggest stage, Rice rewrote the NFL record book over his twenty year career.  No one game more exemplified his ability to raise his level of play when the lights were at the brightest, the night he broke Jim Brown’s career touchdown record.

DeBartolo:
We were playing the Raiders on Monday Night Football and he scored three touchdowns that night to break the record.  It was just an unbelievable night. Jerry’s record is some twenty five pages long. I mean we could be here for hours going over Jerry Rice’s records. To him the record that means the most is his 208 touchdowns. No one ever, will ever come close to that.

Jerry’s greatest contribution to the game of football is the way he carried himself. The Hall of Fame is the absolute culmination of his entire life. Everything he worked for, everything he strived for, and everything that meant anything to him, this all comes to fruition now with his induction into this great Hall of Fame. It is my great privilege and honor to present for induction into the Pro Football Hall of Fame, my dear friend Jerry Rice.

END OF VIDEO

Jerry Rice:
Thank you. Thank you, guys.

I have something I have to admit to today. My uniform, the way I dress, is everything. I'm a very honest guy. I made a mistake today. I have a blue and a black sock on today (smiling).

Now, for me to do this speech, I need to borrow a black sock from someone (laughter). Just joking, guys.

Hey, look, thank you, Eddie DeBartolo, for that introduction. Thank you, thank you. I love you fans, especially the greatest fans in pro football, the 49er fans. Thank you, God, for allowing us to travel here safely. This has been such an unbelievable week. To the City of Canton and the Pro Football Hall of Fame, thank you for your hospitality. It has been incredible. To the selection committee, thank you for bestowing this great honor to me.

I had never been on an airplane until I was drafted by the 49ers. And I left Crawford, Mississippi for a long, stomach-churning flight to San Francisco. I was scared to death, but excited at the same time. Scared about surviving the flight, excited like I am now because I knew I was joining a great team that had already won two Super Bowls. And, of course, we went on to win three more.

I was also part of the Oakland Raiders, a team I admired that also went to the Super Bowl.

But standing here today as the newest member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame, feeling like a rookie all over again, I can honestly say this is the greatest team I have ever belonged to. I'm truly honored and humbled.

I also feel very fortunate to be part of the 2010 Hall of Fame class. Russ Grimm, Dick LeBeau, Floyd Little, John Randle, another 49er Rickey Jackson, and, of course, the NFL all-time leading rusher Emmitt Smith. If not for you, Emmitt, and the Dallas Cowboys, there would be three more Super Bowl rings on my fingers (laughter).

Rivalries are great for the NFL, and it's fitting that the 49ers and Cowboys are represented here today. We definitely made each other better. When I was a kid, I had these embarrassing huge hands that I would hide in my pockets. I was always running, even before I played sports. I ran everywhere. I didn't even know why. But I guess I was preparing myself for something, destined for something, but I didn't know what.

In the summertime, holidays, I would work with my father laying bricks for homes and businesses. We started at 5 a.m. and finished after dark. It was hot, hard work. My brothers and I would be the supply chain for bricks, and many times I would be the last link between the bricks and my father. Sometimes I would balance myself on the scaffolding two stories up and catch bricks thrown to me from the ground. There was a certain standard. Even though my job was to make sure that my dad had bricks and everything worked out smoothly, I took pride in it. There were no shortcuts. The concrete had to be laid a certain way. The bricks had to be stacked because any slowdown was money lost. It was a lot of pressure. I didn't want to let my father down. I was afraid to fail.

I'm here to tell you that the fear of failure is the engine that has driven me throughout my entire life. It flies in the faces of all these sports psychologists who say you have to let go of your fears to be successful and that negative thoughts will diminish performance. But not wanting to disappoint my parents, and later my coaches, teammates and fans, is what pushed me to be successful.

My dad was a hard man. I never saw him cry, and he didn't say, I love you. But like men of his generation, he expressed it in other ways. He taught us about responsibility at an early age. I miss him and I know he would be very proud of me today. I wish you were here, dad. I love you.

Despite the fear of knowing my mom and dad would whip me good, one day my sophomore year at B.L. Moor High School, I decided to play hooky with a friend. We got caught by the school principal, Mr. Ezell Wickes. He saw how fast I sprinted away from him and realized I could put my speed to better use. So after whacks with a leather strap, he forced me to meet with Charles Davis, our head football coach, who convinced me to come out for the team.

Coach Davis made us run hills after practice, 40 yards up, 40 yards down, a training regimen I kept doing 20 seasons in the NFL. I received a lot of letters from recruiters at big schools like USC, LSU, Mississippi State. But I chose Mississippi Valley State for two reasons: Coach Archie Cooley loved his team to throw the football, and they were the only ones who sent someone to see me play. Coach Cooley is here today. Thank you.

Before Joe Montana or Steve Young, there was Willie Totten, my quarterback at Mississippi State Valley University.  We earned the nickname satellite express because the ball was seemingly in orbit. Willie is here today. Thank you.

It was a dream come true to be drafted by the 49ers, and I'm so proud to be part of such a classy organization, with the greatest owner ever, Eddie DeBartolo. The greatest coach of all time, Bill Walsh, and the greatest fans. There will never be another organization like that in the history of sports. To have two guys like that, who were all about winning. Eddie would say, I'll give you guys everything you want. You're going to have the best hotels, the best planes to travel on. You're going to go a day early to the East Coast. All I want is for you to do is win championships. Eddie was like that 12th man. He loved football, loved his players even more, and he wanted to win. And, man, did the 49ers win under Eddie DeBartolo. Five Super Bowls in 12 years.

Every player knew nothing was finer than to be a 49er, and some was willing to take pay cuts to play there. We were the envy of the NFL, the guys they said wore wing tips and carried briefcases because we were a first-class operation and meant business.

Just like he did after every game, Eddie has greeted players like Joe Montana, Steve Young, Fred Dean and me in Canton, Ohio. He deserves to be standing with us as a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Thank you, Eddie. I love you and your family, your wife Candy, and your daughters.

I miss Bill Walsh every day of my life. I know he's up there looking down from heaven today smiling. What can I say about the genius, the legend? He was like magic. He would cast a spell on you just being in his presence. You wanted to win for this guy. There was just something about him, and he knew how to get the best out of his football players.

Bill is the reason I played in the NFL. He was like a father to me, someone I could talk to about relationships and business or professional football. I never wanted to let my father down, and I was afraid to let Bill Walsh down. He taught us to be perfect. If you failed to be perfect, then excellence would be within your grasp. He had every gift but length of years.

I love you, Bill, your wife Geri and your family. Jerry Lynn, thank you for joining us here today. I love my teammates and coaches. There are too many of them to mention. I was blessed to play for not one but two Hall of Fame quarterbacks.  Joe Montana and Steve Young. Joe was the ultimate prankster, put in Tiger balm in jocks and Steve would roll out of bed and come to work with his hair all messed up. Dwight Clark and Freddy Soloman, they were true professionals and took me under their wing. Even though they knew I was there eventually to replace them. To Roger Craig and Raymond Ferris, thank you for helping me take my training regimen to the highest level possible. I wasn't the most physical or the fastest receiver in the NFL, but they never clocked me on the way to the end zone. The reason nobody caught me from behind is because I ran scared. That old fear of failure again. It's hard to go into every game with a red X on your chest, and I could feel the hair rise on the back of my neck when people chased me.

People are always surprised how insecure I was. I love it when some commentary would refer to an upstart receiver as the next Jerry Rice. That made me work even harder. It was as if I was saying, You're going to have to work so hard to get to where I am, and if you can pay that price, you deserve it.

But I was always in search of that perfect game, and I never got it. Even if I caught 10 of 12 passes, or two of three touchdowns in the Super Bowl, I would dwell on the one pass I dropped.

I played for 20 years and I still believe in my heart I could play today. I played that long because I love this game of football. I loved everything about it, especially the fans. The stadium was my stage, and I was there every Sunday to put on a performance for the fans. I hope the players today respect the game, respect the men whose shoulders they are standing on. But most importantly, don't play for what the game can give them rather than what they can give to the game.

I felt proud every time I put on that uniform. That's why I'm still humbled to pose for pictures and to sign autographs. I'm a lot like my mom in that respect. If she just met you, she would invite you into her home and cook you dinner. She is the most caring and passionate person I know. I love you, mom.

Thank you to my brothers and my sisters for sharing this moment with me today. To my children, I am so proud of you. You are my life, and I love you with all my heart. I'm so looking forward to seeing you make your mark in this world.

To Jackie, thank you for being the anchor for our family and for supporting me for all these years. In addition, thank you to your family for their support.

To my management team, thank you for all those hats you wear and keeping me together all these years. To the York family and the 49ers organization, thank you for your continued support.

When you play as long as I have, there are a lot of people that have contributed to my journey. I regret that I cannot mention all of you today, but I hope you all know how important you are to me.

To my Dancing With the Stars family, you provided me with a whole new audience to thrill and a new challenge, another venue where I could be judged and triumph over my fear. All I had to do was wear sequins, an afro wig and heels.

Today I feel as if this honor of being inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame was made not just to me but mostly to my work, to my sweat and sacrifice of all those who carried me to the steps of this hallowed ground.

But if I have a single regret about my career standing here today, it's that I never took the time to enjoy it. I swear to God, this is true because I was always working. Right after the season, whether we won the Super Bowl or not, I would take two weeks off and go right back to training. The doubts, the struggles is who I am, and I wonder if I would have been as successful without them.

A lot of emotion that I kept submerged bubbled to the surface last February when my name was finally called for selection into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. You see all the faces of the people that helped you reach your goal: My mom and dad, brothers and sisters, my family, my coaches, my teammates, the fans. But you also realize that it signals the end of your career.

But I am excited about tomorrow. I'm like the guy who jumps out of a high-rise building and every floor he passes on the way down, he says, So far so good. But this is finally it. There are no more routes to run, no more touchdowns to score, no more records to set.  That young boy from Mississippi has finally stopped running.

Let me stand here and catch my breath. Let me inhale it all in one more time.

Thank you. Thank you. You know what, guys, I feel like dancing!

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