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    1986 Topps Jerry Rice Rookie #161 PSA Gem Mint 10. Exhibited is the rookie card of the NFL's best-ever wide receiver, Jerry Rice -- who learned to catch footballs the old-fashioned way - by catching bricks. As a youth, he was a "catcher" for his father, a brick layer. Jerry used to catch two or three bricks at a time, and if he missed one, construction would slow, and money was lost. Thus, Jerry became a money receiver at an early age. After a college career catching passes for Mississippi Valley State, Rice was taken in the first round of the 1985 NFL draft by the San Francisco 49ers. He had a good rookie season, catching 49 passes for 927 yards and a yards-per-catch average of 18.9. Then Rice kept getting better, and he eventually played 16 years for the 49ers. During those seasons he led the NFL 2-times in receptions, and 6-times in both receiving yardage and receiving touchdowns. In his years at San Francisco, Rice played a major part in three Super Bowl wins. He selected for the Pro Bowl 13-times, and was a 10-time All-Pro.

    Rice takes issue with those who feel he was just a natural. "I was always willing to work," said the Hall of Famer. "I was not the fastest or the biggest player, but I was determined to be the best player that I could be, and I think I did that through hard work." After his years with the 49ers, Rice played his final four NFL years with Oakland and Seattle. He still holds all-time NFL records for: receptions (1,549), receiving yards (22, 895), receiving touchdowns (197), touchdowns (208), all-time points for a non-kicker (1,256). This card has nice visual appeal with a green outer border with white stripes that resembles a football field. The inner border is yellow, and with Rice's name and position in red and a blue "49ers," the card pops with color. Rice is shown poised to run yet another great route. Graded PSA Gem Mint 10.


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