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In 1992, NFL legend Jerry Rice conducted a holdout that lasted 37 days.
Then-owner Eddie DeBartolo, Jr. feared that Rice’s holdout would extend into the regular season.
Rice stayed strong and got his deal. The 49ers star receiver wound up signing a contract that made him the highest paid non-quarterback at the time. As a wide receiver in the early '90's, Rice averaged between $7 million and $8 million per year.
Here is a bit from an article by RotoWorld's Adam Levitan:
Year of holdout: 1992
Background: Rice was already well on his way to GOAT (greatest of all-time) status when he challenged the Niners’ front office for a new contract. Between 1986 and 1991, he averaged 1,357 yards and 15 touchdowns per season. He wanted to be paid like an elite quarterback after making just $1.75 million in 1991. After a 37-day holdout, Rice finally got his deal.
How he fared: The first six weeks of the season were really slow by Rice’s standards. He was held under 73 yards in each game and had just two touchdowns. Then the explosion came and all was forgiven as the Niners ended up winning their final eight games of the season. Rice posted 654 yards and six scores during that span.
1991 stats: 5.00 catches per game, 75.3 yards per game, 14 touchdowns, 16 games played
1992 stats: 5.25 catches per game, 75.0 yards per game, 10 touchdowns, 16 games played
On the topic of his '92 holdout, ESPN's NFC West Blogger Mike Sando had this quote from Rice:
Rice himself was once a holdout for 37 days in 1992 and has said it was one of the poorest choices he's made, but insists he never would have considered missing time in the regular season.
"I don't know how long I held out, but it was not during regular season," Rice said. "There's no way I would have held out during regular season. I was like, 'Just get it done so I can get back in there with my team and try to win football games and make this team a better team.'"
In the 1992 NFL season, Rice had 84 receptions, for 1,201 yards and 10 touchdowns.