Jerry Rice says coaching is starting to 'cross his mind' because of Deion Sanders

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  • Deion Sanders
    Deion Sanders
    American athlete
  • Jerry Rice
    Jerry Rice
    American football wide receiver

Before he became the greatest wide receiver to step foot in an NFL stadium, Jerry Rice starred at Mississippi Valley State.

And now, with a renewed spotlight on HBCU football and longtime rival Deion Sanders coaching at Jackson State, Rice told Sports Illustrated that he's starting to think about coaching.

He said he hadn't considered the idea until Sanders was hired.

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"I feel like I played the game for such a long time and I was just totally committed," Rice said. "I just poured everything into my career that I didn't have anything left because as a coach you you don't really have a life. life. I mean, coaching. It is hard, man, it takes up the majority of your time...

"But yeah, it takes a total commitment. And you got to be all in. So, it started to cross my mind just a little bit, now"

The FCS award for Freshman of the Year is named after Rice who set numerous NCAA records, was a three-time All-SWAC selection, and a first-round pick in 1984. Rice-Totten Stadium is named for Rice and his college QB Willie Totten.

JSU freshman quarterback Shedeur Sanders, who is Deion Sanders' son, won the Jerry Rice Award. Deion Sanders won the Eddie Robinson award for top FCS coach.

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Since Sanders' hiring, Tennessee Titans legend Eddie George was named coach at Tennessee State and former Cleveland Browns coach Hue Jackson will make his debut at Grambling in 2022.

Rice played in the NFL from 1985-2005. He's a three-time Super Bowl Champion, a 13-time Pro Bowl selection, and the NFL's record holder for all-purpose yards (23,546), total touchdowns (208), and receptions (1549).

This article originally appeared on Mississippi Clarion Ledger: Jerry Rice says he's considering coaching, inspired by Deion Sanders

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