INDIANAPOLIS — Although his team made it all the way to the Super Bowl, 49ers general manager Trent Baalke was asked to discuss less pleasant issues with the media at the NFL scouting combine Thursday.
What will he do with demoted quarterback Alex Smith? Was he concerned with the lack of productivity from last year’s draft class, especially that of wide receiver A.J. Jenkins, their first-round pick who saw minimal playing time? Read More
NEW ORLEANS — Hall of Famer Jerry Rice has no interest in a back-and-forth debate with Randy Moss during Super Bowl week about who’s the greatest NFL wide receiver of all time.
“This is not about Randy and Jerry,” Rice said Thursday. “It’s OK. I don’t need to talk about being the best receiver. I don’t need to do that. I don’t need to pat myself on the back.” Read More
The National Football League has chosen San Francisco as one of two finalists to host the 2016 or 2017 Super Bowl — although the game would be played 50 miles south of The City at the 49ers’ new home in Santa Clara.
Still, Mayor Ed Lee applauded Tuesday’s announcement and said that hundreds of millions of dollars could be pumped into the region if San Francisco is selected. Read More
It was all about the past. And the future. The celebration was for what had been, Jerry Rice, Eddie DeBartolo, the Team of the ’80s.
The thoughts were for what might be, a renaissance of the 49ers.
No, never will be there be another Rice, with his flair, his hands, his 1,549 receptions. Or another Niner dynasty. Read More
The next Jerry Rice? On the current 49ers roster, Michael Crabtree is the logical candidate.
It’s always a challenge to replace a superstar. The Giants tried for years to find the “next Willie Mays” and, nearly 40 years after Mays played his last game as a Giant, they’re still looking. Read More
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n Is it humanly possible to find sympathy in one’s heart for a man who truly disgusts him? I didn’t think so either, until I watched Tiger Woods play at the Bridgestone Invitational this weekend. Woods, who had won at Firestone seven of the 11 times he had entered the event, posted scores of 74-72-75-77 from Thursday to Sunday, and it was literally painful to watch. Read More
Bill Walsh rarely got it wrong. But, a decade ago when he released Jerry Rice after 16 mostly glorious seasons with the 49ers, the Genius did something Flash 80 rarely did. He dropped the ball.
Walsh thought his star receiver, then 38, was fading. So he turned the 2000 season into Jerry’s farewell tour. Too bad Rice wanted no part of the show. While many NFL insiders and Jerry’s so-called second father supposedly knew best, Jerry fumed. Read More
On Saturday, the Pro Football Hall of Fame will complete itself by welcoming into its hallowed halls the greatest professional football player in the history of the game.
Yes, such a bold declaration is certain to draw howls of protest from those who believe players at different positions, and from different eras, can’t be accurately measured against one another. Despite every protest, however, I will stand firmly behind Jerry Rice as the best player to ever lace a cleat. Read More
What is it about golf that beckons so many athletes, that challenges a Michael Jordan or a John Elway or the man who caught the fever with no less impact than the way he used to catch a football, Jerry Rice? Read More
Jerry Rice became a Hall of Fame receiver because of determination, mind-set and vision more than because of pure athletic ability.
I covered Rice throughout his 49ers career (and Raiders coda), and his determination showed up early. He joined Roger Craig in offseason workouts so rigorous that no other teammate could stay with them. He worked endlessly on perfecting his route running. Read More