Who Is Brenden Rice’s Dad? Hall of Fame Pressure on the WR

USC WR Brenden Rice will hear his name called in the 2024 NFL Draft. But before he ever touched a field, his dad cemented a legacy as the GOAT.

Brenden Rice flashed his potential with the Colorado Buffaloes, but he came into his own as an NFL Draft prospect in the last two years with the USC Trojans. Yet, no matter how much success Rice has, he’ll likely always be known as the son of a former NFL wide receiver. Well, not just any former WR, as his father is Jerry Rice, aka the greatest WR to grace an NFL field.

Jerry Rice’s Rise to GOAT Status

The elder Rice grew up in Crawford, Miss., which, at the time, held a population of roughly 600. He went to the now-defunct B.L. Moor High School but didn’t play organized football until his sophomore year.

The team went 17-2 in his final two seasons, and according to head coach Charles Davis, Rice caught “about” 50 passes and 30 touchdowns as a senior, earning all-state recognition.

However, due to the school’s size and level of competition, Rice received zero scholarship offers from D1-A programs. Thus, he committed to Mississippi Valley State, a Historically Black College and University (HBCU). There, he set multiple school records that still stand:

  • Most catches in single game (23)
  • Most receptions in season (103)
  • Most career receiving yards (4,851)
  • Most points in a career (310)
  • Most TDs in a game (five), season (27), and career (50)

With three consecutive 1,000-yard seasons and All-SWAC selections, Rice was a top prospect in the 1985 NFL Draft, with the San Francisco 49ers calling his name with the No. 16 overall pick. And, as they say, the rest is history (literally).

We all know what Jerry “World” Rice did in the league, but here’s a quick snapshot at what he was able to accomplish in his 20-year career:

  • 1,549 career receptions (NFL record)
  • 22,895 career receiving yards (NFL record)
  • 197 career touchdown receptions (NFL record)
  • Three-time Super Bowl champion (1988, 1989, 1995)
  • Two-time Offensive Player of the Year (1987, 1993)
  • 10-time first-team All-Pro (1986-1990, 1992-1996)
  • 13-time Pro Bowler (1986-1996, 1998, 2002)
  • Two-time receptions leader (1990, 1996)
  • Six-time receiving touchdowns leader (1986, 1987, 1989-1991, 1993)
  • NFL scoring leader (1987)
  • NFL 1980s All-Decade Team
  • NFL 1990s All-Decade Team

Brenden Rice Blazing Own Path to NFL

Being the son of a first-ballot Hall of Famer comes with immense pressure, but attempting to make a career in the same sport at the same position is an entirely different level. While Brenden Rice has certainly learned from his father, he has followed his own path to the NFL.

As a four-star recruit from Chandler, Ariz., Rice opted to attend Colorado to begin his college career. But after hauling in 21 passes for 299 yards and three TDs as a sophomore, Rice followed Lincoln Riley and Caleb Williams to USC in 2022.

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In two seasons with the Trojans, Rice recorded 84 receptions, 1,402 yards, and 16 scores (12 in 2023). The move to Los Angeles has sent his draft stock soaring as he checks in as the No. 101 overall prospect on PFN’s Big Board.

The next stop is the NFL Combine, where he’ll be able to showcase just how athletic he is and speak with NFL teams interested in bringing him into their receiving corps. Rice isn’t his father — truthfully, nobody is — but he’s blazing his own path toward NFL stardom.

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