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Jerry Rice Jr. working out for 49ers

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The 49ers are holding a workout for draft eligible players who went to college or grew up around the Bay Area and the group includes a player with a very familiar name.

Jerry Rice Jr. will be one of the 64 players at the team’s facility in Santa Clara on Friday. Like his father, Rice Jr. is a wide receiver but he is far less decorated than his old man. Rice Jr. walked on to the UCLA team in 2009 and caught nine passes in nine games during the 2011 and 2012 seasons. He transferred to UNLV in 2013 and had 11 catches and a touchdown to close out his collegiate career.

Rice Jr. wasn’t invited to the combine and hasn’t generated buzz as an NFL prospect. It’s the second straight year that the Niners have extended an invite to the son of franchise royalty as Nate Montana had both a workout and rookie minicamp tryout with the team in 2013.

While Rice Jr. isn’t likely to hear his name called next month, there will be a few players at Friday’s workout who should be drafted fairly early. Fresno State wide receiver Davante Adams and Stanford guard David Yankey are both part of that group.

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22 Responses to “Jerry Rice Jr. working out for 49ers”
  1. thepftpoet says: Apr 25, 2014 1:41 PM

    Top 5 Rookie Receivers in the draft :

    1. Sammy Watkins
    2. Mike Evans
    3. Odell Beckham Jr.
    4. Marquise Lee
    5. Kelvin Benjamin

  2. Waxxx4321 says: Apr 25, 2014 1:45 PM

    Its hard to live up to an image or standards or even the potential of ones parents who have played professional sports. 9 times out of 10 it never works out the children the way they expected and it is heartbreaking in its own right for we have seen too many sports superstars children’s lives destroyed by that same example. Good luck.

  3. despenc925 says: Apr 25, 2014 1:46 PM

    it’s only a story because of the name. that’s some serious pressure right there!

  4. calicowboysfan86 says: Apr 25, 2014 1:46 PM

    Quite the shadow to live in.

  5. sportnorcal says: Apr 25, 2014 1:47 PM

    I cant imagine following in the footsteps of a legend as your father. It’s gotta just be brutal.

  6. redandgoldhitman52 says: Apr 25, 2014 1:48 PM

    Jerry Rice and Joe Montana are franchise royalty and NFL’s greatest ever.

  7. tjacks7 says: Apr 25, 2014 1:57 PM

    A lot more than the average college wide receiver with 20 career receptions and 1 TD would get.

  8. edzo82270 says: Apr 25, 2014 2:12 PM

    Growing up the son for a HOF athelete is brutal, only if the HOF’er allows it to be.

  9. jumbomesquite says: Apr 25, 2014 2:30 PM

    The fact that the kid is named Jerry Rice Jr. tells you all you need to know about his father’s ego. THAT is the part that was probably tough to deal with growing up.

  10. El Pollo Loco says: Apr 25, 2014 2:43 PM

    He sucked at UNLV

  11. weareluckytohavemikeflorio says: Apr 25, 2014 2:44 PM

    i bet he knows the rules of golf better than his dad. :)

  12. rayfinkleisonehellofamodelamerican says: Apr 25, 2014 3:09 PM

    Nice to see the 9ers giving their legends some love.

  13. chunkderrrty says: Apr 25, 2014 3:27 PM

    what about jerry ricecake?

  14. bjwbrown2011 says: Apr 25, 2014 3:54 PM

    He already holds all significant father-som records for receivers.

  15. doe22us says: Apr 25, 2014 4:11 PM

    Definitely not a good player and has gotten by on Dad’s name, sometimes lightning doesnt strike twice. I remember watching Walter Payton’s kid, dude sucked, but hey legacy counts for something.

  16. jburk003 says: Apr 25, 2014 4:13 PM

    I wen’t to UCLA when he was there. Friends on the football team called him “soft and a diva”, he transferred out after a year.

    Put it this way, there’s a reason he left UCLA to go to UNLV, and still never played.

  17. folkwolf101 says: Apr 25, 2014 4:48 PM

    Alas, Jr. looks too short and sleight in his figure. That’s what star professional football players get when marrying pretty, petite women. Their boys are their mothers’ sons first and foremost.

  18. dallascowboysdishingthereal says: Apr 25, 2014 9:42 PM

    So far his name and father have given him every opportunity in the world to succeed but he hasn’t . If Jr. could play a lick, he would be getting a workout some where. Let’s move on from this.

  19. dion246 says: Apr 26, 2014 1:16 AM

    Not holding my breath for this to workout, but if Nate would have been able to make the team also how great would that have been. Miss those days of Montana to Rice…

  20. defscottyb says: Apr 26, 2014 5:33 AM

    Kinda like Michael Jordan’s 2 sons who both played college basketball and both weren’t any good. Probably inherited the mother’s genes.

  21. kkalama1 says: Apr 26, 2014 12:47 PM

    In case you 49ers didnt know, jerry rice played for you thats why they are giving rice jr a shot

  22. jimmyjames65 says: Apr 27, 2014 5:32 PM

    Does the name Kellen Winslow ring a bell. I will say this. I bet Ray Lewis Jr. breaks the mold. He has the best coach.

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