You just had to know the guy was in trouble when he couldn't beat Lawrence Taylor on something called Donald J. Trump's Pompous World of Golf.
I saw Jerry Rice taking on L.T., whose golf swing might be described as "primitive" on a good day, in a match made for television. L.T. was so bad, he was afraid to hit a driver, and instead resorted to three-iron tee shots.
Still, he found a way to dust Jerry in an episode of Trump's Golf Channel series.
Then Rice decided he'd play as a pro in this week's PGA Tour Nationwide event at the TPC Stonebrae in Hayward, California.
Note to Jerry: If you can't dust guys on the celebrity tour, your chances are slim-to-none on the Nationwide and slim left the clubhouse.
Well, the one-time, fleet-footed 49er can be glad he made a lot of money playing football.
Rice opened Thursday at Stonebrae with a nifty 83, that's only 12-over for the first round and a mere 20 shots off the leader's pace, a 63 by Dicky Pride.
I also caught a glimpse of his "highlights" on SportsCenter and it was ugly at best.
There was Jerry flubbing bunker shots, missing three-footers, and generally making a mess of things.
Good news is his Riceness avoided the dreaded "shutout." He managed a solo birdie on a par five.
Bad news is his 255-yard driving average wouldn't put him near the top two on the LPGA Tour.
So this foray into professional golf is hopefully something Rice is doing as a lark.
He needs to go back on the celebrity tour to try and compete there.
As the PGA Tour's ad says, "These guys are good."
So are a lot of the guys on the Nationwide.
Yes, Jerry Rice was a great NFL receiver.
But the fact is, he couldn't crack the top six on coach Rick Christie's Division II University of Tampa golf team.