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ESPN hires Jerry Rice

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The man who was recently proclaimed the greatest player in NFL history has a new job.

Richard Deitsch of Sports Illustrated reports that Jerry Rice, the former 49ers, Raiders and Seahawks wide receiver who came in first in NFL Network’s ranking of the Top 100 players of all-time, is ESPN’s newest NFL analyst.

Rice will appear on NFL Live, SportsCenter and Audibles, on which he’ll work with his former 49ers quarterback Steve Young. He starts on September 15.

Although Deitsch’s report was published Monday afternoon, there was no mention of Rice’s new job when he appeared on ESPN Radio on Tuesday morning.

As we previously noted, Rice offered some harsh comments about Randy Moss in that radio appearance. If he’s consistently that candid, and if he’s regularly willing to call out players who don’t work hard, he’ll be a welcome addition to ESPN’s staff.

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44 Responses to “ESPN hires Jerry Rice”
  1. trbowman says: Aug 9, 2011 1:28 PM

    Classic case of ESPN hiring a guy based on name recognition, not their skills as an analyst.

    Sean Salisbury proven right again.

  2. charliewade says: Aug 9, 2011 1:30 PM

    What’s he going to talk about? Where to get a full-release massage? Or how he uses Yelp to get women?

  3. geauxjay says: Aug 9, 2011 1:31 PM

    Why did ESPN hire Jerry Rice? He didn’t play in New York or for the Cowboys, and he didn’t go to Michigan or Notre Dame.

  4. geauxjay says: Aug 9, 2011 1:32 PM

    Sean Salisbury proven right again.

    ____________________________

    Says the guy who only got a job because he went to USC.

  5. jw731 says: Aug 9, 2011 1:33 PM

    It makes sense for ESPN to hire a man who perfected his NFL craft, and speak..And can actually put a coherent sentence together(rice of passage)?……Instead of the Salisbury’s, Dilfer’s, Irvin’s, Hasselbacks, and Hoge’s of the world…….

  6. xstaticonradio says: Aug 9, 2011 1:33 PM

    Another football analyst?….

  7. thetechnocrat says: Aug 9, 2011 1:34 PM

    Great hire, he can call out anyone since he was known for his work ethic and career!

    Now if audibles could only get rid of Steve Young who hogs all the air time. Trent Dilfer too.

  8. randysavage4ever says: Aug 9, 2011 1:35 PM

    is this good for the legacy?

    if it aint broke dont fix it…

    jerrys as good as gold now. why touch it.

  9. hatesycophants says: Aug 9, 2011 1:39 PM

    Listen, Jerry Rice is the greatest receiver ever. However, he is not a particularly eloquent or articulate person. Combining him with Steve Young (who often appears to be suffering from the after-effects of PCS) is bound to be painful to listen to. Smiff and Young was a tragic pairing. This is likely to be nearly as annoying. Sorry.

  10. nyyankeedave says: Aug 9, 2011 1:39 PM

    @qeauxjay

    No one was left. I think ESPN has exhausted the D-bag East coast bias angle. I know, I live out there.

  11. nineroutsider says: Aug 9, 2011 1:42 PM

    I love Jerry Rice, but he talks like a robot. His Hall of Fame speech was the worst speech I have ever heard in my life and it was scripted…

  12. FinFan68 says: Aug 9, 2011 1:43 PM

    Who will write his analysis for him? He was a great receiver but articulating coherent thoughts has never been his strong suit. Then again, it’s ESPN, so I guess it doesn’t really matter.

  13. JSpicoli says: Aug 9, 2011 1:57 PM

    geauxjay says:
    Aug 9, 2011 1:32 PM
    Sean Salisbury proven right again.

    ____________________________

    Says the guy who only got a job because he went to USC.

    ______________________________

    So? Not to dilute your point, but he’s right.

  14. JSpicoli says: Aug 9, 2011 1:57 PM

    trbowman with comment #1 says it all.

  15. capslockkey says: Aug 9, 2011 1:58 PM

    Biggest mistake of Rice’s career. He has no camera presence. Seriously Jerry, let’s not take yet ANOTHER page out of “Emmitt Smith’s Guide on How Erase Your Mystique After Retirement”.

  16. docredskin says: Aug 9, 2011 2:02 PM

    Judging by his painful Sirius performances, he can barely speak.

    Wuf-out a doubt.

  17. marcsasharc says: Aug 9, 2011 2:05 PM

    wtf…the dude always speaks well in interviews. who are you people?

  18. fu7ur3pr00f says: Aug 9, 2011 2:06 PM

    Hiring a superstar to provide analysis is a great idea, finally!!!

    There are too many “analysts” on ESPN or NFL Network that were average to mediocre at best in their playing days.

    Nothing annoys me more than hearing Trent Dilfer or Tim Hasselbeck critique and analyze the abilities of a Drew Brees, Peyton Manning, or a Roethlisberger – when these guys were garbage players to begin with.

    It’ll be refreshing to hear on the greatest truly tell it like it is.

  19. ninerdynasty says: Aug 9, 2011 2:13 PM

    If Michael Irvine has a job like this, rice will b just fine. Rice pronisticated that a smith was going to b a bust n got in trouble for it too. Not to forget that he also said that d Jackson was the real thing n the niners chose to ignore him n now they t paying for it.

  20. racerx2k11 says: Aug 9, 2011 2:15 PM

    Why is he starting after week 1? So ESPN doesn’t have to guarantee his full salary on the year?

  21. scoops1 says: Aug 9, 2011 2:24 PM

    Anything is better that the bum Chris Carter…

    ESPN needs to remove his face off the air…

    I recall sometime last season where he asked who would one rather run at between Peppers and Matthews and He said Matthews because you can run at Matthews implicating that Matthews is weak…

    thats too bad cause Mendenhall had to learn the hard way

  22. hatesycophants says: Aug 9, 2011 2:24 PM

    @marcsasharc,

    Uh, dude, no. No. The post previous to yours has it exactly right: Wuf-out a doubt.

  23. zn0rseman says: Aug 9, 2011 2:30 PM

    If Randy Moss had Steve Young and Joe Montana and a absolutely loaded team around him for 95% of his career… without a doubt Jerry Rice would be considered only the 2nd best receiver of all time… and not even in the discussion for best all time player. But outside of Tom Brady for a couple of years, Moss usually had mediocre to poor teams around him. It makes sense Rice is trashing him, because doing so further cements Rice’s legacy.

  24. waxthat says: Aug 9, 2011 2:34 PM

    @marcsasharc

    agree with you again. this planet is full of haters. im going to mars, where the chicks are out of this world and the dudes are secure.

  25. dspohn55 says: Aug 9, 2011 2:39 PM

    He can’t possibly be as bad as Emmitt or Michael Irvin, but an eloquent speaker he is not.

  26. granadafan says: Aug 9, 2011 2:45 PM

    “fu7ur3pr00f says:
    Aug 9, 2011 2:06 PM
    Hiring a superstar to provide analysis is a great idea, finally!!!

    There are too many “analysts” on ESPN or NFL Network that were average to mediocre at best in their playing days.”

    ——————————————————————————————

    Your logic is flawed. They all played the game, but the difference between the “average” players and the superstars was physical talent, not an ability to analyze or dissect a play.

  27. patmacrevis says: Aug 9, 2011 3:00 PM

    Oh jerry cant you just be happy about being called the GOAT

  28. acdrew22 says: Aug 9, 2011 3:07 PM

    he was also on the broncos

  29. goodguyjohn says: Aug 9, 2011 3:10 PM

    Jerry has come a long, long way on the public speaking front. I remember when he was a rookie with the Niners he could hardly speak at all on camera. He gave terrible “deer in the headlights” interviews legendary for their awkwardness.

    Good luck “Flash 80!” Reppin the bay area on ESPN.

  30. 49ersforever says: Aug 9, 2011 3:18 PM

    Great to see Young and Rice together again. That brings back great memories.

  31. schmitty2 says: Aug 9, 2011 3:27 PM

    I wouldnt care if Rice was at ESPN as long as they would just get rid of Chris Berman

  32. brintfatre says: Aug 9, 2011 3:28 PM

    Better than Kornheiser!

  33. bradentonbuc says: Aug 9, 2011 3:33 PM

    Good dancer too!

  34. jetropolitans says: Aug 9, 2011 3:34 PM

    Name>Talent. Same reason I enjoy seeing Magic cover the NBA on ESPN.

  35. realdraftgm says: Aug 9, 2011 3:37 PM

    not a knock on Jerry but if everyone says he is the greatest of all time then how come Deon always shut him down. Would that not make Deon the greatest of all time and Jerry at best number two.

  36. rajbais says: Aug 9, 2011 3:43 PM

    Maybe he’ll show Cris Carter what it takes to be a Hall of Fame WR and enshrinee.

  37. ceadderman says: Aug 9, 2011 3:44 PM

    ” If Michael Irvine has a job like this, rice will b just fine. Rice pronisticated that a smith was going to b a bust n got in trouble for it too. Not to forget that he also said that d Jackson was the real thing n the niners chose to ignore him n now they t paying for it.”

    It’s Irvin not Irvine. DJackson was a joke of a Receiver. Once he left the Seachicks, he forgot how to catch the ball again.

    Also just to keep the Writer of this fine article up to date Jerry was a member of four teams. Forgot the Broncos. But he left in Preseason once Shannahan told him he wasn’t going to be a regular fixture as even a 3rd string Receiver.

    Also to clear up a couple things, Rice is very well read. I think the reason ESPN brought him into the fold was that Steve and GOAT have good chemistry together.

    Randy Moss with Joe AND Steve throwing to him couldn’t carry GOAT’s jock. We all know that he takes plays off. He even admitted it. He’s had some really solid QBs’ throwing him the ball. Of course Krypt Keeper benched him for an entire season too. So take that with a grain or rock salt. ;)

  38. fu7ur3pr00f says: Aug 9, 2011 3:50 PM

    @granadafan ,

    I don’t know, I kind of like my logic.

    All that I was saying is that, if you and I both worked in the same industry, and had the same job. But I was terrible at mine, while you were exceptional at yours. But for some reason I was put into a consulting position within our shared company to critique your performance, wouldn’t that rub you the wrong way?

    And if I was tearing into you and criticizing you over the very things which I could not do myself, when given the chance?

    In the end, wouldn’t you rather have Jerry Rice criticizing a WR’s route-running and work ethic, than say, a Cris Collinsworth?

    I think even Cris would agree about that one :)

  39. murraysons says: Aug 9, 2011 4:02 PM

    Nobody ever worked as hard as Jerry, just ask him

  40. goodellflagfootball says: Aug 9, 2011 4:31 PM

    Montana to Rice :)

    Berman to Rice :(

  41. melonnhead says: Aug 9, 2011 5:18 PM

    Google Jerry Rice and “Mountain View Spa”.

  42. soulstogether says: Aug 9, 2011 7:08 PM

    Reply to realdraftgm…

    What are you talking about? Deon shutting down Jerry Rice? Where were you during the late 80′s and 90′s? I watched every game between the the two. As a born and raised 49ers fans, I was always excited to watch the matchup between Rice and Sanders. Deon never shut him down. Sure he contained him better than anyone else. But Jerry Rice was the only receiver to have Deon’s number. I always proclaimed and still say, “Jerry Rice was the only player Deion could not stop!”

  43. sanjosecupcrazy says: Aug 9, 2011 7:46 PM

    Jerry is awful on TV. He’s been doing the local bay area Sunday night postgame show for a couple of years and he has no business being on TV. This won’t last long.

  44. nochiefsonlyindians says: Aug 10, 2011 6:02 AM

    @ceadderman

    Do you think he might have been talking about De Sean Jackson (Wide-out from Cal & the Eagles) super-genius??? You HONESTLY think he was talking about * Darrell Jackson??? Really???

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