Hall of Fame wide receiver Jerry Rice can relate to what Vikings running back Adrian Peterson is going through since he suffered a torn ACL back in week one of the 1997 football season. He rushed back and played again in week 16 of the same season. Rice ended up suffering a cracked knee cap during that game and believes it ended up hurting him more in the long run. He also believes the cracked knee cap was caused by him rushing back to soon.
“I cracked my patella,” Rice said on NFL Live, via ProFootballTalk.com. “I feel that I rushed myself back to the football field. And I think that with Adrian Peterson, he’s doing the same thing. Because we are accustomed to being out there with the guys, sweating with the guys, fighting on the football field. And if you’re not able to do that you just don’t feel connected. And that’s the reason why I rushed back. I hope he doesn’t do the same thing.”
“I thought I was invincible,” Rice said. “I felt I did all the work and it was time for me to get back on that football field. But if I had to do it all over again, I would take more time to heal up, then come back.”
Not only does it seem like Peterson is rushing back, he’s crazy for running without a knee brace.
Former San Francisco 49ers wide receiver and current ESPN analyst Jerry Rice said on Audibles (via USA Today) that he believes head coach Jim Harbaugh needs to unleash starting quarterback Alex Smith.
“I seriously think they got to take the diaper off this guy and let him play,” said Rice. “Let him be a grown man.”
It would be nice to see how Smith would play if Harbaugh allowed him to throw the ball more. With the weapons the 49ers have added this season, it will be interesting to see if he opens things up a little more.
RK PLAYER REC
1 Jerry Rice 1,549
2 Tony Gonzalez 1,149 (Active)
3 Marvin Harrison 1,102
4 Cris Carter 1,101
5 Tim Brown 1,094
6 Terrell Owens 1,078
7 Isaac Bruce 1,024
8 Hines Ward 1,000 (Active)
9 Randy Moss 954
10 Andre Reed 951
BRISTOL, Conn. (AP)—Bill Parcells and Jerry Rice are joining ESPN as NFL analysts.
This is Parcells’ third stint with the network. The two-time Super Bowl-winning coach was a studio analyst in 2002 and ’07 between NFL jobs. He will make his debut Monday before the Jets-Texans preseason game and will appear on “Sunday NFL Countdown” and other shows.
Rice, the Hall of Fame wide receiver for the San Francisco 49ers, will serve as an analyst on shows such as “NFL Live” and “SportsCenter.”