Jerry Rice declines to clarify his use (or not) of stickum

AP

Earlier this year, Hall of Fame receiver Jerry Rice admitted to putting stickum on his gloves, a significant confession in the early days of #DeflateGate, when Patriots fans were searching for any and all evidence of other teams cheating. Rice later apologized for using stickum, but claimed that “[a]ll players did it!

Receivers like Michael Irvin and Cris Carter strongly disagreed, and the story surprisingly never gathered much steam. In May, however, Rice abruptly revisited the topic — and he seemed to change his tune dramatically.

Never been investigated for stickum!” Rice said via Twitter. “Mistakenly used that word and dealing with consequences! But I don’t have a problem taking a Polygraph!”

Rice, in a promotional appearance on behalf of Lysol, appeared on Wednesday’s PFT Live on NBC Sports Radio, and I can him an opportunity to clear the air. Did Jerry Rice use stickum?

“You know the thing is, the way I worked and my work ethic and stuff like that it really speaks for itself,” Rice said. “I’m not even going to address that anymore. When people think about me they think about the time I put in on the field. And even with the situation with the New England Patriots. The Patriots, they really deserve what they got by winning the Super Bowl, you know, that’s fantastic. I look at the Patriots and I think about the San Fransisco 49ers and what they were able to accomplish. And I look at Tom Brady — you know what? — he was able to accomplish winning four Super Bowls. So you know those are the things I’m focusing on right now and you know my work ethic was everything during my entire career and I think it speaks for itself.”

It does, but he didn’t answer the question. Which probably answers the question.

Then again, it would be easy to pass a polygraph if the answer to the question is, “I’m not going to answer the question.” That, indeed, would be a truthful response.

74 responses to “Jerry Rice declines to clarify his use (or not) of stickum

  1. Anyone honestly surprised he decided to not answer that question?

    Why draw skepticism on the ‘achievements’ of the 49ers dynasty? He has a huge * right next to his name in my book.

    By the way, had this been Wes Welker admitting to using stickum, even though it never resulted in any Superbowl victories, I 1000% promise that all the haters would have a heart attack they’d be yelling at the Pats so much.

  2. Rice was a system receiver who cheated and benefited from playing with the second best QB of all time (behind Brady), in the salary cap less era. All his records and Super Bowls are tainted. Right Patriot haters?

  3. Rice admitted to using it.

    With advance notice to be on the lookout, teams of interviewers, investigators, scientists, attorneys, 4 months, and $5 million dollars, the league couldn’t show that Brady did, said, ordered, asked, applied, or expected anything against the rules.

    So when you put “Brady” and “cheater” in the same sentence, you’re admitting that the Patriots live comfortably and permanently under your skin because of what they’ve accomplished — legitimately — on the field.

  4. Those words about NE are a far cry from:
    “But if they win this Super Bowl, I feel like there’s going to be an asterisk put on it.”

    Think the guy in the glass house had to fix some walls?

  5. Where are all the “fumble-rate truthers” when it comes to Rice’s “drop-rate” before/after his rookie season?

  6. Nobody ever crosses a line in the NFL when it comes to equipment in 70 years of the league.

    Stickum didm’t make great. Neither did the pressure in a football made Brady a great player.

  7. I just can’t believe he would actually admit to something like that. He HAD to know how that would be looked at.

    SMH

  8. All the armchair wannabes out there need to go find some stickum and use it. After touching things for a few minutes you will find it’s useless. He would have to use it constantly and it has diminishing returns until you wash up and start over.

    P.S. This has nothing to do with N.E. or Brady and anyone who correlates the two is a whiney crybaby and I know first hand that you get more criticism doing it. How? Because it’s why I jumped on board the N.E. cheats bandwagon and while I have the courage to say so, many more are just happily riding along. You act like victims only because it’s the thing to do so you get treated like criminals from those who know better.

  9. Rice was looking for support but when guys like Irvin said they never used he was backed into a corner. Now it is obvious he has taken classes at Belicheat’s ” look me straight in the face and lie” academy

  10. jag1959 says:
    Aug 26, 2015 4:23 PM

    Those words about NE are a far cry from:
    “But if they win this Super Bowl, I feel like there’s going to be an asterisk put on it.”

    Think the guy in the glass house had to fix some walls?

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    I think we can rephrase it as: People in glass houses should not throw stones from inside their own house

    🙂 🙂

  11. NO ONE would have cared about Jerry Rice’s admission, if he didn’t get on a high horse and chastise the Patriots for supposedly deflating footballs by 0.4PSI.

  12. I envision a game of football were cheats are allowed and implemented in every way. Stickum on every receivers’ hand. Deflated footballs on every down. Mass play calls broadcasted on the Jumbo Tron.

    Let us call this game, The Pro Bowl.

  13. “Receivers like Michael Irvin and Cris Carter strongly disagreed, and the story surprisingly never gathered much steam.”

    Wait… what? You mean Cris Carter didn’t have a fall guy for this?

  14. I am no longer a company man….The NFL is a totalitarian system taking advantage of young athletes, stripping them of their individuality and forcing them to talk when they don’t feel like it. Why not water board “Beastmode” instead of fining him, I am sure the CBA would allow it.

    A complete and utter joke. The league is absent of any common sense and rules like a despot surrounded by the palace guard. Goodell should rule IRAQ for awhile providing the CBA will be the law.

  15. Why should he? So the media can twist his words, deflect attention away from NE, and write 500 articles about it?
    Good for you Jerry, you’re the GOAT!

  16. After he retired former NFL pro bowl QB Jeff Blake, who played for the Jets, Bengals, Saints, Ravens, Cardinals, Eagles and Bears admitted during a radio interview on Nashville 104.5 The Zone that he ordered ball boys to let the air out of his footballs just before the game throughout his NFL career. He played from 1992 to 2005.

    “Cause when you take the balls out of the bag, they are rock hard. And you can’t feel the ball as well. It’s too hard. Everybody puts the pin in and takes just enough air out of the ball that you can feel it a little better. But it’s not the point to where it’s flat. So I don’t know what the big deal is. It’s not something that’s not been done for 20 years.”

    The NFL never investigated any of these teams. They never fined any of these teams. They never penalized any of them either financially or by removing draft picks. No one in the sports news media has mentioned this during the recent BS once.

    As to Rice stickum or no stickum he was the greatest receiver ever to play the game.

  17. Put a big asterisk beside all of his records and on his bust in the HOF. Cheater. That means Montana and Young are tainted too. Cheaters.

  18. All of this because Jerry Rice doesn’t have the stones to answer a question. At least make some crap up.

    “I did not have sexual relations with that woman”.

    That is a man with stones.

  19. Rice using stickum? No outrage.

    Falcons pumping crowd noise into the stadium during home games? No outrage.

    Chargers players using stickum towels? No outrage.

    Broncos circumventing the salary cap? No outrage.

    Tom Brady supposedly deflating a football below 12.5 psi? Suspension, fines, drafts picks and nationwide outrage.

    Absurd.

  20. Classic non-response. Sounds just like Billary blowing a bunch of smoke in response to a simple question about whether or not she wiped her email server before turning it over to the feds. Easy to deduce the answers to both questions.

    That said, still think Jerry is the GOAT at WR, if not overall. He was a man among boys, and the prime of his career lasted a LONG time, thanks to his extreme dedication to his craft and his own conditioning.

  21. He should have declined to revisit that cuz what he DID say did not help his case. Sounds like he might have been covering other minor things up as well.
    Who knows and frankly who cares? I’m happy to acknowledge his tremendous career if he’s willing to be consistent when it comes to New England’s amazing 15 year run.
    This game of tattletale among grown men is getting pretty lame.
    Can’t wait for a former Jag to out Brunell for a minor tweak of the rules at some point.

  22. johnlink00 says:
    Aug 26, 2015 5:05 PM

    It was actually Cris Carter who used the stickum. Jerry Rice was his fall guy.
    ________

    Haaa Nice

  23. Jerry Rice didn’t wear gloves until at New Orleans in 1988, so your point is what? I mean, he did just destroy the league in 1986 and 1987.

  24. I knew Rice could run forward, but apparently he’s also good at backtracking and going in reverse.

  25. So just to be clear, it’s quite likely that Montana was out there running scripted drives throwing to a guy with stickum all over his hands while the other team wondered why their headsets weren’t working. But the Patriots footballs drop by 0.4 psi when taken from a warm environment to a cold one and everyone loses their minds.

  26. ugh. so the answer is yes. but it is equally relevant to the ball inflation issue. which is to say, not at all.

  27. Funny seeing all these anti-Rice posts. Yall are clueless and just jumping on because that’s what millennial commenters do. You never saw him in his prime so stick to your ignorance .

  28. Montana admitted his receivers used stickum and he didn’t care. He also said he’d never given a thought to whether or not a light ball gave you an advantage; but, if he thought it would, he’d have done it. He said it’s not a big deal……so now all you holier-than-thou-haters is Montana on your
    * list?

  29. whitetrash69 says:
    Aug 26, 2015 4:55 PM
    Why should he? So the media can twist his words, deflect attention away from NE, and write 500 articles about it?
    Good for you Jerry, you’re the GOAT!

    So it’s okay for Rice; but, not for Brady….I wonder why that is?

  30. frankfortschooldropout says:
    Aug 26, 2015 4:33 PM
    All the armchair wannabes out there need to go find some stickum and use it. After touching things for a few minutes you will find it’s useless. He would have to use it constantly and it has diminishing returns until you wash up and start over.

    P.S. This has nothing to do with N.E. or Brady and anyone who correlates the two is a whiney crybaby and I know first hand that you get more criticism doing it. How? Because it’s why I jumped on board the N.E. cheats bandwagon and while I have the courage to say so, many more are just happily riding along. You act like victims only because it’s the thing to do so you get treated like criminals from those who know better.

    —-
    Rice brought this up himself after he chastised Brady for allegedly deflating footballs. He said that anyone who cheats deserves an * ……and by his own admission he cheated many times…..now do you get why it correlates to Brady and NE?

  31. Just take your punishment like a man Jerry

    ESPN reported that NFL sources said his hands were sticky on average 11 out of 12 times he played

    Slam dunk – GUILTY

  32. jasonatomic says:
    Aug 26, 2015 5:13 PM
    Randy Moss = GOAT

    There’s really no argument at this point.

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    Report comment

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    You must be like 16, Rice was by far the best. Not even close

  33. sue,
    Rice openly admitted it, he wasn’t caught doing it. I’m telling you if Brady played for another coach or just admitted it then this whole thing would have blown over, there is no denying that the reason this got so ugly is because of his behavior. If Rice played for a team that was caught cheating and suspected/ accused of it multiple times while he played there maybe it would be a bigger deal. Lastly, the gloves used today are more effective than stickum ever was, and neither help create separation.

  34. “Stickum didm’t make great. Neither did the pressure in a football made Brady a great player”

    Correct on both counts. The difference is that Brady never criticized Rice for cheating or tried to downplay his accomplishments.

  35. Rice, pay no mind to them. They hate knowing much money you’ve earned as they slave away at meaningless jobs for peanuts. On top of that they know your HOF stats and that no one in todays, or likely tomorrow’s, game will ever surpass them. Ever! And that really ticks them off…trolling haters.

  36. “He’s a Hall of Fame receiver and I couldn’t care less whether or not he used stickum”

    Neither would anyone else if he hadn’t bashed Brady for allegedly deflating footballs.

    Rice isn’t taking heat for cheating – he’s taking heat for being a flaming hypocrite.

    Why is that so hard to understand?

  37. Receivers like Michael Irvin and Cris Carter strongly disagreed, and the story surprisingly never gathered much steam.
    ________________________

    It never gathered steam because Rice didn’t play for the Patriots so neither Goodell or the fans care.

  38. Brady and Rice are both the G.O.A.T at their respective positions. Neither alleged equipment infraction had any real bearing on what kinds of players they were.

  39. No big deal.

    Meanwhile over 100 ESPN employees were busted as part of the Ashley Madison hack. That’s where the real hypocrites are.

  40. Yeah, this is basically a “glass houses” story. Jerry Rice got caught up in the mob mentality before he realized that he had a beam in his own eye.

    No, that doesn’t mean he’s just as bad as Brady. Brady has been the victim of an evidence-free witch hunt. Lots of fans were told what they wanted to hear and a good number have refused to face up to the logical conclusion that comes with the realization that the accusing party is a chronic liar.

    Roger Goodell has no credibility left. Why would anybody believe anything he said about anybody else?

  41. Rice, stickum or not could never do the things Moss did, especially with the double and triple teams Moss endured. Rice had 2 of the top 10 QB’s of all time, and Moss played 2 years with Brady far past his prime. This argument is silly. Rice was drafted into a team that just won the Super Bowl, with tons of offensive options to take the pressure of him getting too much coverage. Moss had nothing, and still put up legendary numbers, without cheating. If you saw both play, Moss was a freak, that no one to have played this game to date has been able to replicate. Lastly, Rice is arrogant and annoying, Moss and “Petite” Moss are hilarious.

  42. If a tree falls and nobody hears it did it fall? If Jerry Rice used stick’em and was never suspended or fined did he really use it? Only loser Patriots will call him a cheater…..go figure

  43. Jerry must forget that those 49er teams were good because they abused and cheated on the salary cap for years. So did Dallas.
    What did the NFL do then – nothing. Slap on the wrist for both.
    Pitiful and classless organization. I hope they lose every game for the next 10 years.

  44. Jerry Rice is the greatest football player of all time and it’s not close for all you youngsters out there. HE CHANGED THE LEAGUE, he did things in 1987 that other players had no answer for and did it for 2 decades.

  45. jvibottomline says:
    Aug 28, 2015 12:05 PM
    Jerry Rice is the greatest football player of all time and it’s not close for all you youngsters out there. HE CHANGED THE LEAGUE, he did things in 1987 that other players had no answer for and did it for 2 decades.
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    Don’t agree. Jerry changed nothing. He was the best route runner and most consistent WR over a long period of time. He also benefited greatly from playing for a dynasty. Sure, he contributed to it, but the West Coast Offense wasn’t built for him. It was designed for Montana and Young, and had Trent Dilfer thrown him the ball for 10 years, he would not be considered the GOAT.

    Also, when facing great cornerbacks (e.g. Prime Time) he didn’t looks so great. I’d give more credit to LT (the original 56) for changing how offenses/defenses play than to Rice.

    My $0.02 worth. Yeah, yeah, I know…players voted, yada yada. If I was starting an NFL team, I wouldn’t start with him. In fact, he wouldn’t be in the first 10 players I pick. Wide receiver is a vastly overrated position.

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