Photograph by Charles Bush
The mover's here: If you had as many pro bowl rings as Jerry Rice you would have to carry them around your neck, too.
WHETHER on the field or the dance floor, Jerry Rice has got the moves. Rice, who comes to Kepler's this week, is not only regarded as the greatest wide receiver in the history of the NFL, but he also took second place in Dancing with the Stars in the 2005-2006 season of the show while paired with Anna Trebunskaya. Just another one of Rice's winning combinations. Since college, Rice's pairings have produced some of the finest moves on the field. Like freshman quarterback Willie Totten when Rice attended Mississippi Valley State University: together they became "The Satellite Express." By the time he was a senior he was breaking his own Division I-AA records from previous years, making 112 receptions, 1,845 receiving yards and 27 touchdown receptions, which set the NCAA mark for all divisions. Although he was known as "World" in college ball, because there was not a ball in the world he couldn't catch, his professional rookie year wasn't as consistent. Nonetheless, paired with Joe Montana he set the stage for the following six seasons where he would lead the NFL in receiving and in touchdown receptions. During his 21 seasons he took home three Pro Bowl rings with the 49ers and set a long series of records for receptions, touchdowns, receiving yards—the list goes on. Even though Rice started his career in 1985 with the 49ers and went on to play with the Raiders, Seahawks and Broncos, he left his heart in San Francisco. In 2006 he signed a one-day contract with the 49ers to retire as a member of the team. Now the man with the moves will be presenting his book Go Long! My Journey Beyond the Game and the Fame at Kepler's Book Store in Menlo Park from 6 to 9pm on this Friday.
Jerry Rice appears on Friday, Jan. 26, 6 -9pm, at Kepler's Book Store, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park. (650.324.4321)
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