Sports history in Black: Jerry Rice breaks his own college record

By Mike Patton

Black News & Views

Before Jerry Rice was drafted by the San Francisco 49ers, he was a wide receiver for Mississippi Valley State.  On Sept.1, 1984, he was a part of history. Willie Totten, the starting quarterback for Mississippi Valley State, threw for the then Division I-AA (now named the FCS) record 536 yards and nine touchdowns in an 86-0 win over Kentucky State.

Hall of Fame football player Jerry Rice gives a "shaka" to the fans during the first day of Pro Bowl 16 practice at Turtle Bay Resort in Kahuku, Hawaii, Jan. 28. Photo credit: Sgt. 1st Class John Brown, Defense Visual Information Distribution Service
Hall of Fame football player Jerry Rice gives a “shaka” to the fans during the first day of Pro Bowl 16 practice at Turtle Bay Resort in Kahuku, Hawaii, Jan. 28. Photo credit: Sgt. 1st Class John Brown, Defense Visual Information Distribution Service

In that game, Rice had 17 receptions for 294 yards and five touchdowns, breaking his own record for total yardage in pass receptions.

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