Sports history in Black: Jerry Rice becomes first NFL wide receiver with 1,000 receptions

By Mike Patton

NABJ Black News & Views

Jerry Rice is the football player other athletes admired and wanted to imitate. His work ethic was second-to-none and he ran each of his routes with precision, which is what made him the greatest wide receiver of all-time. He still holds plenty of NFL records due to the productivity and longevity he had in the NFL.

Jerry rice, pictured, at the 2014 Pro Bowl. Photo credit: Jerry Rice, Public domain
Jerry rice, pictured, at the 2014 Pro Bowl. Photo credit: Jerry Rice, Public domain

Many of Rice’s accomplishments marked a first. On November 3, 1996, as a member of the San Francisco 49ers, he became the first to set a three-reception record in the NFL. Playing against the New Orleans Saints, Rice caught three passes for 45 yards and a touchdown in a 24-17 win. With those three receptions, Rice became the first wide receiver with 1,000 receptions in his career. Rice would finish his career with 1,549 receptions.

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