The San Francisco 49ers announced on Wednesday that Jerry Rice will be the next inductee into the Edward J. DeBartolo, Sr. 49ers Hall of Fame. The induction, to be held the weekend of September 18-20, 2010, honors Rice for his outstanding achievements and contributions to the 49ers organization. The 49ers are hosting a red carpet event to officially enshrine Rice into the 49ers Hall of Fame. This exclusive event will take place at the Palace Hotel in San Francisco, CA. Rice will also be recognized during halftime of the Monday night home opener against the Super Bowl Champion New Orleans Saints on September 20, 2010.
“Rice’s contributions to the game of football, and to our franchise specifically, have made him one of the best to ever play the game,” said 49ers President and CEO, Jed York. “His enshrinement into the Edward J. DeBartolo Sr., Hall of Fame was an obvious choice. He changed the game of football and will always be remembered as one of the best to ever put on a 49ers jersey.”
Rice is widely regarded as the greatest wide receiver to ever play the game. The 13-time Pro Bowler holds nearly every NFL career record for wide receivers, including receptions (1,549), receiving yards (22,895) and touchdown receptions (197). Rice played 20 seasons in the NFL, spending his first 16 with the 49ers. While in San Francisco, Rice won three Super Bowl rings (XXIII, XXIV, and XXIX) and was named an All-Pro 10 times.