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Top 44 Jerry Rice Quotes About Life (FOOTBALL)

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“I think with my hands, it was catching a lot of footballs and working with my father during the summer because he would always make me. My father was a bricklayer so I was a helper. My job was to make sure that he had bricks to lay.”

Jerry Rice
I was just a small boy from Mississippi, and now little kids are going to identify with me through this game.
I was just a small boy from Mississippi, and now little kids are going to identify with me through this game.
I want to do a good job. I'm just learning and I just want to have fun with it.
I want to do a good job. I’m just learning and I just want to have fun with it.

“After I got disciplined I got introduced to football and then after that everything just took off for me. I had a lot of role models: the teachers, the coaches. Watching them give so much to so many students so they can be successful in life basically just ingrained in me that I think it’s more gratifying for me to give back and than just to receive.”

Jerry Rice
The same thing I applied to football, I applied to trying to be an actor and hopefully it came off well.
The same thing I applied to football, I applied to trying to be an actor and hopefully it came off well.
The game of life requires the edge that chiropractic care provides.
The game of life requires the edge that chiropractic care provides.
Once you get your education it's going to open up so many doors for you. And the sky's the limit. So that's what I want to deliver to students.
Once you get your education it’s going to open up so many doors for you. And the sky’s the limit. So that’s what I want to deliver to students.

“Coming from the South, I just felt you had to work just a little bit harder. It was not going to be handed to you. I’d get the letters from all the major schools but no one came out to talk to me face to face until this small, dominant black school, Mississippi State Valley University sent a coach out to me. I had a chance to talk to him and he said, ‘Hey Jerry, we’re going to be doing some great things at Mississippi Valley State University and we would love to have you there.’”

Jerry Rice
People would look at me weird. You know, like, 'Why is this guy's hands always in his pockets' But I was embarrassed by the size of my hands.
People would look at me weird. You know, like, ‘Why is this guy’s hands always in his pockets?’ But I was embarrassed by the size of my hands.

“There are a lot of young players here right now, and these guys are going to eventually learn as they go. Next year we can’t use that as an excuse that we had so many young players on the team.”

Jerry Rice

8 Motivational Jerry Rice Quotes on Success

“I think the thing about that was I was always willing to work; I was not the fastest or biggest player but I was determined to be the best football player I could be on the football field and I think I was able to accomplish that through hard work.”

Jerry Rice
Today I will do what others won't, so tomorrow I can accomplish what others can't.
Today I will do what others won’t, so tomorrow I can accomplish what others can’t.
The enemy of the best is the good. If you're always settling with what's good, you'll never be the best.
The enemy of the best is the good. If you’re always settling with what’s good, you’ll never be the best.
I had that hunger, that desire, to be successful and I wasn’t going to let anything stand in my way.
I had that hunger, that desire, to be successful and I wasn’t going to let anything stand in my way.

“I’ve grown over the years and I know how to adapt to situations, where I can go into a situation where there’s a crowd of people and just take over. But pretty much I’m off to myself. And I’m totally committed to the game of football. That’s why I’ve had so much success.”

Jerry Rice
I think my secret is that there's no shortcuts for hard work, determination and having that don't give up attitude.
I think my secret is that there’s no shortcuts for hard work, determination and having that don’t give up attitude.
Not wanting to disappoint is what pushed me to be successful.
Not wanting to disappoint is what pushed me to be successful.
My work ethic came from my parents and my fear of failure. I came from a small, predominantly black school and I didn't want to let them down.
My work ethic came from my parents and my fear of failure. I came from a small, predominantly black school and I didn’t want to let them down.

17 Jerry Rice Quotes on Playing Football

“Defensive backs are the best players on the field. But when you get an exceptional player like a Deion Sanders or a Darrell Green – these guys are fast and they have very good technique. You have to work a little harder.”

Jerry Rice
The chemistry between a quarterback and a receiver is almost like a dance.
The chemistry between a quarterback and a receiver is almost like a dance.
Like I said, repetition in practice and hard work.
Like I said, repetition in practice and hard work.
I was always in search of a perfect game and I never got it.
I was always in search of a perfect game and I never got it.

“To me, it was never about what I accomplished on the football field. It was about the way I played the game. I played the game with a lot of determination, a lot of poise, a lot of pride and I think what you saw out there was an individual who really just loved the game.”

Jerry Rice
I'm used to performing under pressure, but that's playing football.
I’m used to performing under pressure, but that’s playing football.
The absolute worst thing a receiver can do is worry about not catching the ball or about getting hit.
The absolute worst thing a receiver can do is worry about not catching the ball or about getting hit.
They never clocked me on my way to the end zone. They never caught me because I ran scared.
They never clocked me on my way to the end zone. They never caught me because I ran scared.

“Montana and I had a chemistry that was unbelievable. When I first came into the league he told me I added five years to his career, and I just think we complimented each other very well and were able to do some amazing things out on the football field.”

Jerry Rice
I went out there to play my game for the fun of it and never based my career around records.
I went out there to play my game for the fun of it and never based my career around records.
There is still a lot of football in me and I enjoy watching the players go out there and be the best players they can possibly be.
There is still a lot of football in me and I enjoy watching the players go out there and be the best players they can possibly be.

“I think I’m more muscular now than when I played football. I’m working hard on it. So many athletes just let themselves go after they stop competing. That was something I didn’t want to do.”

Jerry Rice
During the offseason, I didn't take any time off. And I played this game for over 20 years. So right after the season, I would go right back into my regimen.
During the offseason, I didn’t take any time off. And I played this game for over 20 years. So right after the season, I would go right back into my regimen.

“This is how I started playing: I was playing hooky one day, and the coach and the principal walked up behind me. They scared me, and I ran, and they noticed I could run really fast. They wanted me to come out for the football team.”

Jerry Rice
Monday Night Football. That was everything to me because you get a chance to show everybody what you're capable of. It's only two teams on that Monday night.
Monday Night Football. That was everything to me because you get a chance to show everybody what you’re capable of. It’s only two teams on that Monday night.

“The things that are happening to me are unbelievable. I’m actually busier right now than when I played football. This is almost like I’m coming back out of retirement. It will be fun to see myself in the game.”

Jerry Rice

“When you begin to lose the fire a little bit and if you’re not giving 100 percent out there, then it’s time for you to leave because you’ll end up getting hurt – I want to be able to walk away on top.”

Jerry Rice

4 Jerry Rice Quotes on the Hall of Fame

“You know, I never looked down the road and said, ‘Hey look, one day, the Hall of Fame.’ It’s always about playing each and every game 100 percent and I thank my teammates for getting me into the Hall because football is a team sport, not an individual sport.”

Jerry Rice
I think it was fantastic being in the 49ers Hall of Fame.
I think it was fantastic being in the 49ers Hall of Fame.

“If I should get selected into the Hall of Fame, I’d be able to say ‘thank you’ to all the legends that are in the Hall of Fame. And also say thank you to my teammates, and also to all the fans. It’s going to be like a dream come true.”

Jerry Rice

“I’m really looking forward to the Hall of Fame ceremonies. It’s going to be unbelievable – just crazy. I’m looking forward to thanking all the fans for inspiring me to go out there and play my best football each and every game.”

Jerry Rice

5 Jerry Rice Quotes to Ponder

“My agent said, ‘Jerry, Dancing With the Stars – they want you on there.’ I said, ‘Ain’t no way. I’m not going to do that.’ Then he came back to me again, and he kept putting pressure on me. I said, ‘All right, I’ll give it a try.'”

Jerry Rice
I think what people might not really know about me is that I'm really a shy individual.
I think what people might not really know about me is that I’m really a shy individual.

“I do a lot of running, and I do it every day. I run on a track, I run hills and I work the stair-stepper extremely hard. I do some type of cardio every day. In addition, I have a passion for golf, and that helps me stay fit, too.”

Jerry Rice
I don't diet. I'll eat fish; I'll eat baked chicken, pasta, beans. When the body is telling you, 'You need to indulge in something,' you need to give the body what it wants.
I don’t diet. I’ll eat fish; I’ll eat baked chicken, pasta, beans. When the body is telling you, ‘You need to indulge in something,’ you need to give the body what it wants.
I just want the same thing Joe Montana got when he was MVP. He got respect. He got commercials. He got everything.
I just want the same thing Joe Montana got when he was MVP. He got respect. He got commercials. He got everything.

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