Jerry Rice Retires

As widely anticipated after he barely made the Denver Broncos roster as a deep backup, Jerry Rice is retiring from the National Football League.

Off the depth chart: Rice to announce retirement (ESPN)

Jerry Rice is calling it a career. The future Hall of Fame receiver is to announce his retirement at a Monday afternoon news conference, ESPN’s Andrea Kremer.

Rice, who met with Broncos head coach Mike Shanahan earlier in the day, was informed he was not going to be Denver’s No. 3 receiver and possibly would not be active for every game. After learning of that role, Rice decided he would rather retire, according to Kremer.


After Denver’s final preseason game Friday, Rice told the Denver Post: “Those guys deserve to be on the field. They worked real hard. The thing is, I’m going to hold my head high if it doesn’t work out.”

He has every reason to.

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  1. Don Surber says:

    Hall of Famer