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(Yahoo)   Raiders sign Jerry Rice to six-year extension -- JERRY RICE IS 40 YEARS OLD   ( divider line
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2003-03-04 08:02:16 PM  
Last season at 40, he was 7th in yards and 6th in receptions. When he was younger he was always in the top 3.

However, at 46, his numbers might be in the lower half of all receivers, so that's why his new contract is so short.
2003-03-04 08:25:16 PM  
That headline made me laugh out loud. Y'know, because I had to tell you all that.
2003-03-04 09:27:38 PM  
"It's a good deal for Jerry," Rice's agent Jim Steiner told the San Francisco Chronicle. "It works for him and it works for the Raiders."

Jim Steiner also told the Chronicle as he was on his way to breffis early in the mornin', "It's just for decorayshuns, that's it and that's all man, we did it for decorayshuns."
2003-03-04 09:28:56 PM  
That man takes care of his body. He won't be what he was, true, but he'll still be a top half receiver at 46.
2003-03-05 02:08:39 AM  

I wonder how much of this, though, is a big effyew to the Niners.
2003-03-05 02:43:47 AM  
He is the man, though.
2003-03-05 02:45:20 AM  
Oakland Surrenders?
2003-03-05 02:46:46 AM  
40 years old and still better than most of the receivers in the NFL. He's the man.
2003-03-05 02:46:52 AM  
well...people are living longer these days...i just wasn't expecting geriatric football to be coming so soon...
2003-03-05 02:47:06 AM  

This is American Football. Haven't these people ever heard of injuries? You can't trade an injured 40-odd-yr-old player!

2003-03-05 02:48:31 AM  
BTW this is one of the [image from too old to be available]est things I've ever heard
2003-03-05 02:49:13 AM  
Jerry Rice can run circles around most 20 year old players.
2003-03-05 02:50:18 AM  
...Didn't the raiders lose last year? Why are they wasting money on some old guy, when they could be blowing it on crazy cokeheads fresh out of college who will steamroll the team to a super bowl before burning out and being uncovered in a cheap motel room with a couple of dead hookers?
2003-03-05 02:51:23 AM  
NWA, not everybody can be the Dallas Cowboys.
2003-03-05 02:51:29 AM  
Deep-tissue massages have kept Jerry young.
2003-03-05 02:53:23 AM  
Hmm. This may inspire Jordan to come back to the NBA in a few years, hehe.
2003-03-05 02:55:46 AM  
Rice has still got what it takes to be a top receiver. He's one of the better athletes in professional sports, which is why he's been able to stay at the top for so long.

Rice = Best. Player. Ever.
2003-03-05 02:56:22 AM  
Who shot who in the what now?
2003-03-05 02:57:06 AM  
Two words for ya:
Gordie Howe.
2003-03-05 02:59:39 AM  
Tim Brown got a similar deal and he is 38. Jerry Rice will always be elite, because even though he may lose a step or two, his experience and his work ethic will still have him running all over people HALF his age.

I know a lot of Raider fans that still don't accept him though. You know, with that last team he played for and all.
2003-03-05 03:00:25 AM  
2003-03-05 03:00:37 AM  
Anagram for:
Gordie Howe--Diego Whore
Jerry Rice--Rice...Jerry
2003-03-05 03:08:19 AM  
I give him 1 or maybe 2 more years.. only 1 more if Oakland would win the Superbowl.. He isn't as fast as he once was, But he can still catch, great hands last longer than great legs.
2003-03-05 03:10:24 AM  
are you farkers out of your farking mind? he's playing 2 years tops. jerry rice has more pride than your collective mothers and will never, ever play if he's not at the top of his game. He'll retire at 42, 43 tops. The only way the raiders could keep him is by signing him to 6 years since they are about 55555 million over the cap. Will it pay dividends tomorrow? yeah. but they'll regret this when he's sipping pina coladas at his ranch and you're still paying him 5 mil a year (against the cap)
2003-03-05 03:19:47 AM  
Do we know all 6 years are playing? they move him to coaching, announcing or as Rodney Mack's new manager?


no, wait, that's Mark Henry.

2003-03-05 03:22:15 AM  
Jim Steiner also told the Chronicle as he was on his way to breffis early in the mornin', "It's just for decorayshuns, that's it and that's all man, we did it for decorayshuns."

They just want to get that WOOP WOOP, you nahmsayin'? Wooo wooo.

Seriously though, fark the Faders.
2003-03-05 03:25:02 AM  
If you take football position by position and had to make an argument of the greatest football player ever. I would pick Jerry Rice.

Every other position is arguable.

Running Back: Barry Sanders, Gayle Sayers, Walter Payton, Jim Brown

QB: Marino, Montana, Unitas etc..

You get the point....

Wide receiver is the only position in football that you absolutely have no argument if you say anyone other than Jerry. That, to me, is what makes him the greatest football player ever, not just receiver.

I hate that when people talk about greatest athletes, they mention Jordan, Ali, and never Jerry Rice.... Jerry rice made Montana and Young's career, and young now has every record that marino doesn't hold because of Rice...

Hats off to Jerry...
2003-03-05 03:25:22 AM  
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2003-03-05 03:26:56 AM  
and mark my word..... he will play more than 2 more years... peope thought he was going to fall this season.... he still dominated games and had a few 150+ yard games...
2003-03-05 03:27:44 AM  

I take credit for this one. About time, my numbers had been declining.
2003-03-05 03:28:31 AM  
If he plays more than 2 more years I'll be amazed. Donovan McNabb got a 12 year contract last year... does anyone really expect hiim to play another 12 years? I doubt it. Contracts have gotten ridiculous.
2003-03-05 03:30:28 AM  
One year or seven years it doesn't make any difference.
the contract is probably structured to get under cap requirements.
My bet is that theres a clause in it that states that if he retires he gets X amount and so forth.
This is nothing new, most of the contracts in the NFL are like this.
This is another Salary Cap manipulation by the master Bruce Allen.
2003-03-05 03:35:24 AM  
Oh - you mean Jelly Lice!

2003-03-05 03:48:44 AM  
This is that woman who used to be married to Mick Jagger, right?
2003-03-05 03:53:13 AM  
I'm a big Cowboys fan (yes, you may insert your insult here) so naturaly I should hate this guy. But the truth is you have to give respect when it is due. This guy truly has become the Michael Jordan of the NFL. Our kids will be watching recievers who will still be chasing Rice's records. Maybe the greatest ever.
2003-03-05 04:40:43 AM  
He'll probably only play another 2 years. Then he'll retire, it's probably already worked out in his contract so as to not hurt the cap. They could have signed him for 20 years and it wouldn't matter. NFL contracts are non binding. Well, not guaranteed anyway.

2003-03-05 04:42:49 AM  
Nah, best athelete ever: Gordie Howe
2003-03-05 04:52:23 AM  
VegasBreakfastClub At this pace our kids will still be watching Jerry Rice. He's seriously one of my all-time favorite players, though I too am a Cowboy fan. What do you think of our FA signings so far? I've been really impressed. Glenn, Young, and Anderson should really improve our offense. (not that they have anywhere to go but up).
2003-03-05 05:06:02 AM  
Jdwayne00 I think it's gonna be a great year. I'll miss Emmitt but it may have been the best thing for everyone involved. Lots of great signings and an awesome coach for a change.
2003-03-05 05:06:41 AM  
The scary thing about Jerry is that he INVITES OPPONENTS to join him on his training routine to HELP THEM OUT, then goes ahead and kicks their ass on his hill runs.
It's reall funny watching interviews of young guys who think they are in shape (and are all that) admit to trying not to collapse about halfway up the hill while Jerry is in the distance barely breaking a sweat.
The good thing about it for the League is that at the end those players usually bring a lot more to the field and learn about commitment.
As for the contract, yeah the consensus seems to be 2-3 years unless the Radiers play rebuild then he's outta there.
Hopefully this year they can get the ring and everybody can have a happy ending
2003-03-05 05:20:37 AM  
Jerry who?

/ducks and covers
2003-03-05 05:21:04 AM  

Plus, good for Jerry Rice. He may have lost 3 or 4 or 7 steps off his prime, but he's still just about better than anyone in the league. Makes you realize how fricking good he really was.

Sean O
And the Velvet Underground is cool
2003-03-05 05:24:53 AM  
Droog: Are you telling me Gordie Howe was a better athlete than say Michael Jordan, Kobe Bryant, Tracy McGrady, or (Insert any NBA players name) You are insane!
2003-03-05 05:55:21 AM  
(Insert any NBA player's name)

Shawn Kemp?
Vin Baker?
Greg Ostertag?
Robert Traylor?
2003-03-05 06:56:16 AM  
yes cracker, gordie howe was a much, much better athelete than Jordan, Bryant, McGrady, or any NBA player. Give me the name of ANY athelete other than Howe who played at age 52, on the SAME TEAM AS HIS SONS!!!
2003-03-05 06:59:33 AM  
Interesting, never saw such a portion of a post title typed in capitals, but again, I've been around here for just 6 months or so. I'm not sure what to think of it, so I guess I'll just click 'add comment' now.

/european wanting to post without any knowledge of american football
ZAZ [TotalFark]
2003-03-05 07:04:55 AM  
Would it be fair to say that the team is borrowing against its future
salary cap to overpay Rice for a short term contract?

Prepare to suck in 2006.
2003-03-05 07:12:49 AM  
Point goes to LawTalkingGuy...
2003-03-05 07:29:30 AM  
It's just salary cap manipulation, they dont really expect him to play 6 years. They probably put the bulk of the salary at the end of the contract.

BTW, whoever wrote the headline, you need to reduce your caffeine intake.
2003-03-05 07:39:54 AM  
2 years or 6, the fact remains he's still one the best recievers in football. There's more to being a good reciever than being able to run fast (though that definatly helps). I'd be willing to bet that both ends of the deal have their asses covered......If he retires, stays on, etc.

I hope he finishes off this contract and gets his next one. It's entertaining to me to watch someone like Jerry Rice make all of these carefully praticed defenses fall apart. To me, it's people like him who make sports worth watching.
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