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Another Rice in San Francisco? Jerry Rice’s son Brenden on possibly joining 49ers

Mar 1, 2024, 1:00 PM

Brenden Rice #WO25 of the Southern California Trojans speaks to the media during the 2024 NFL Draft...

INDIANAPOLIS, INDIANA - MARCH 01: Brenden Rice #WO25 of the Southern California Trojans speaks to the media during the 2024 NFL Draft Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium on March 01, 2024 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Michael Hickey/Getty Images)

(Photo by Michael Hickey/Getty Images)

If Brenden Rice joins the San Francisco 49ers, then he’ll have enormous shoes to fill.

The son of Hall of Famer Jerry Rice spoke to the media Friday at the NFL Scouting Combine, confirming he’s had a formal interview with his father’s former team.

“I was ecstatic,” Brenden Rice said of his meeting with the 49ers. “Just to go ahead and go back and forth over some topics [like] how I could get better, how I could contribute to the 49ers team and just to be a part of where my dad left my legacy at.”

Through four seasons between Colorado and USC, Brenden Rice recorded 111 catches for 1,821 yards and 21 touchdowns. In his senior year as a Trojan, he caught 45 balls for just under 800 yards and 12 touchdowns.

Brenden is projected, by multiple outlets, to be a third-round selection. If the 49ers use one of their two third-round picks on him, his father won’t be the only connection he has to the 49ers. The younger Rice grew up in Chandler, Ariz., the hometown of current 49ers quarterback Brock Purdy. Brenden also talked about competing and working out with him while they were both younger.

“He went out there and competed. That’s who he has always been,” Brenden said of Purdy’s performance last season. “He’s gone and competed against whoever, doesn’t matter the opportunity, he’s going to make the most of it, and that’s the type of person you want around the team.

What did Jerry Rice do in San Francisco?

According to the Pro Football Hall of Fame, the former 49ers receiver holds “virtually every significant receiving mark. Some of the more notable career records include receptions (1,549); receiving yards (22,895 yards); most 1,000-yard receiving seasons (14); total touchdowns (208); and combined net yards (23,546).” He’s also been to three Super Bowls with the 49ers, being named the MVP in Super Bowl XXIII.

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