Madden NFL 25 Unlockable Players: Jerry Rice
Bleacher Report's coverage of the Madden NFL 25 unlockable legends continues with the greatest player of all time: wide receiver Jerry Rice.
A number of Rice's records still stand today, and the virtual Jerry performs as expected: beating cornerbacks like a drum on a regular basis.
Before throwing your next touchdown to Rice, enjoy this refresher course of his accomplishments.
All statistics courtesy of Pro-Football Reference.
Jerry Lee Rice was born in Crawford, Miss., on Oct. 13, 1962. He went to a small college, Mississippi Valley State, where he placed ninth in Heisman voting in 1984. Boston College's Doug Flutie won the honor.
However, Rice went 269 picks ahead of Flutie in the NFL draft, going at No. 16 in 1985.
Jerry Rice was one of three 1985 NFL draftees (Bruce Smith, Chris Doleman) to get inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. The San Francisco 49ers, who had just won the Super Bowl, swapped selections with the New England Patriots to ascend to the middle of the first round and select him at No. 16 overall.
Rice spent 16 years catching passes from Joe Montana, Steve Young and Jeff Garcia in San Francisco. He played for the Oakland Raiders from 2001 until 2004, when he was traded to the Seattle Seahawks midseason.
In a ridiculous 21 seasons, Jerry Rice played 303 regular-season games in the NFL, starting 284. He played 17 in his last year as a pro—at 41 and 42 years old—in 2004.
He totaled 1,549 receptions for 22,895 yards and 197 touchdowns. Rice averaged 7.4 yards per carry during his career, totaling 645 yards and 10 more scores. He even threw a 41-yard touchdown in 1995, on his first passing attempt since 1988.
A rookie Jerry returned a kick for six yards. That was the only time Rice fielded a return.
Jerry Rice never lost a Super Bowl with the San Francisco 49ers. He is 3-of-4 overall, missing out on his fourth ring with the Oakland Raiders following the 2002 season. In his three championship runs, spanning nine postseason games, Rice totaled 56 catches for 959 yards and 15 touchdowns.
That's an average of 6.2 grabs for 106.6 yards and 1.7 scores per game.
Jerry Rice dropped 22 touchdowns on the League in just 12 games as a third-year player in 1987. He gained 1,078 yards on 65 receptions. Eight years later, Jerry snatched 122 passes for 1,848 yards and 15 trips to the end zone.
The catches and yards were career highs, as '95 was the only year in which Rice averaged more than 100 yards per game. His 1,848 was an NFL record until 2012, when Calvin Johnson went off for 1,964 yards on the same number of catches.
Johnson scored five times.
In 54 appearances for the Oakland Raiders, spanning just under three and a half years, Jerry Rice totaled 243 catches for 3,286 yards and 18 touchdowns. He appeared in one Super Bowl (2002) with Oakland, and played in every possible game while he was there, despite arriving at 38 years old.
Jerry Rice suited up 11 times for the Seattle Seahawks, reeling in 25 catches for 362 yards and three scores at 42 years old. Seattle went 9-7 that year, met the St. Louis Rams in the Wild Card round and got swept in the season series, losing 27-20.
Rice's final career catch was a five-yard reception from Matt Hasselbeck in the third quarter of a Dec. 19 meeting with the New York Jets.
Jerry Rice isn't one of the faster options you'll have in your Madden arsenal, but rest assured: He's one of the most complete receivers in the game, if he's not the best outright.
All you need to know about virtual Jerry is that he beats the brakes off of defensive backs. His route-running enables him to routinely get separation, and he usually has to get rocked to even have a chance to drop the ball. Though he's not a consistent deep threat, Rice is a reliable target that will move the chains with regularity when used correctly.
And if your opponent cheats up, No. 80 will get open down the sideline. At 6'2", 200 pounds, he's not a bad red-zone target, either.
Simply put, Jerry Rice owns a ridiculous amount of NFL records.
His all-time marks include—but may not necessarily be limited to—receptions (1,549), receiving yards (22,895), receiving touchdowns (197), total touchdowns (208), rushing and receiving touchdowns (207), yards from scrimmage (23,540), playoff games (29) and playoff games started (29).
The last two are particularly interesting, since Rice never played four playoff games in a single postseason.
Jamal Collier graduated from Washington University in St. Louis and is now a law student who covers the NFL in his spare time. His work also appears on Yahoo!. Follow him on Twitter: Follow @JCollierD
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