Jerry Rice, the soon-to-be Hall-of-Fame wide receiver, has decided to pursue another career in sports – this time as a professional golfer.
Rice will make his professional golf debut this week in a Nationwide Tour event, which operates under the umbrella of the PGA Tour. He will tee off at the Fresh Express Classic at TPC Stonebrae in Hayward, CA, on Thursday and hopes to make the cut. Rice received a sponsor’s exemption and will also serve as the host of the event, with his foundation, The 127 Foundation, receiving proceeds.
Rice, 47, has been golfing for more than 20 years and used to hit the driving range before morning meetings while he was with the 49ers. He has been a regular participant in pro-ams throughout the years.
Say what you will about Jerry Rice, but he is definitely a hard-core competitor. I worked with him for two seasons while I was at the San Francisco 49ers, and even though he was on his way out and playing second fiddle to Terrell Owens, he never gave up. Even then, when he was pushing 40, he still spent every day running up the trails in the foothills in Palo Alto at The Dish. And when he puts his mind to something, he usually succeeds. See: learning to dance the foxtrot and pasodoble, finishing second on Dancing with the Stars and becoming a household name with men