Tuesday, January 18, 2011
The Secret to Everything
From 1981 to 1984, he lead the division in receptions, receiving yards, and named the first team All-American. He also set a single game record by catching 24 passes. But when it came to the NFL draft, he was chosen 16th. (The USFL had drafted him 1st!)
For 15 years in a row he managed to reach 1000 yards receiving; he was named player of the year 3 times and rookie of the year in 1985. He made the Pro-Bowl 13 times and the All-Pro team 11 times. In addition to having three super bowl rings, he is currently rated as the #1 NFL Player of all time!
People would write to the coaching staff of the 49ers and ask them for information on Jerry's training. The coaches didn't want to release the information, not for fear that another team would learn the secret, but that they were afraid that people would hurt themselves. Rice would run 2½ miles nonstop up hill (at The Edgewood Park and Natural Preserve) each and every day during the off-season. Then his cool down was ten 100-yard "Easy Stride-Outs" up the first leg of the hill! He would also tackle more conventional training regimens with similar intensity.
What was the secret to his success as a football player? Rice said, "It was about being able to put your body through pain." And that ability was driven by his desire and love for the thing he was doing.
Good luck runners! You are called to be brilliant!