Rice went undrafted out of UNLV, where he played for a year after transferring from UCLA. Rice was good enough to win a scholarship at UCLA as a walk-on, and had 11 catches for 86 yards last year. He accepted an offer to try out for the Baltimore Ravens this past weekend, but the Ravens didn't have an immediate need for him.
"Jerry Rice Jr. has done a nice job," Ravens coach John Harbaugh said. "He's a really good athlete. He doesn't have his dad's size, but he sure got his athleticism. He runs in a real similar way. He's got that West Coast offense down. He's probably had that playbook since he was in the cradle."
Undaunted, Rice announced his next steps on Twitter:
Working for the next opportunity... Appreciate the ravens for getting my feet wet... Now preparing for #49ers this weekend.. Leggo!— Jerry Rice Jr. (@JRtherealgoatJR) May 19, 2014
When you're the son of the greatest receiver in NFL history, you're going to be carrying around a 90-pound sack of expectations regardless. But when you share his name, and you're trying to get a job at his former place of employment? Just a wee bit of pressure. Fortunately, we know someone Jerry Rice Jr. can talk to.