Jerry Rice admits to using 'stickum'
Jerry Rice is one of the few players in professional sports that you can almost inarguably say is the greatest of all-time at his position. The Hall of Fame wideout holds just about every major NFL receiving record and played for a dynasty of his own in San Francisco. He also was involved in the birth of another dynasty. Rice was on the wrong side of the infamous tuck rule play, which propelled the Patriots over the Raiders and to their first of six Super Bowl appearances of the "Tom Brady/Bill Belichick Era". Perhaps Rice still holds some animosity toward the juggernaut that has dominated the AFC for over a decade now. As the "Deflategate" scandal emerged, after the Patriots beat the Colts in the AFC Championship game, Rice appeared on the Jim Rome show on January 22.
After being asked about the incident, Rice told Rome, "I'm going to be point blank, I feel like it's cheating," Rice continued on to say " "Because you have an edge up on your opponent and it's unfortunate that it happened. I'm not saying the outcome of the game would have been different or anything like that because they got beat 45-7, but they still had an edge."
Those are strong words from an all-time great. Words that carry weight around the league. It may have been a bit irresponsible for him as well as everybody else to condemn them before we had all the facts, nevertheless, he is a man of conviction. You can never fault an honorable man who believes that fair play and sportsmanship should be held above all else in competition. Rice went as far to see that they're Super Bowl XLIX victory should have an asterisk. A bit hasty but cheating is cheating.
Wait, What? The legendary wideout appeared on an ESPN published video about the evolution of gloves, which came out on January 17, just one day before "Deflategate" surfaced. In the video Jerry Rice joked about how he would frequently use Stickum on his gloves throughout his 20-year career. That's kind of strange because Rice was a rookie in 1985, however, Stickum was made illegal by the league in 1981.
Rice laughed saying," "I know this might be a little illegal, guys, but you put a little spray, a little Stickum on them, to make sure that texture is a little sticky,". It may be just a bit illegal, kind of like slightly deflating a football so a quarterback can get a better grip. It seems the former Dancing With the Stars contestant may be a tad hypocritical. It makes you wonder if he thinks the 49ers Super Bowl championships during his tenure should have an asterisks by them. It probably didn't change the outcome but they did have an edge. After all, cheating is cheating, right?
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