As Labor Day 2005 comes to a close it is ironic (and maybe fitting) that this is the day that NFL great Jerry Rice announced his retirement from football after 20 incredible seasons. In anything, it’s easy to be great fora little while, but being so consistently great for two decades is almost superhuman and so Jerry Rice was.
A 1985 draft pick out of Mississippi Valley State (not exactly a football powerhouse), he leaves the NFL holding some 38 records, including most career receptions, most yards receiving and most touchdowns receiving. Almost every football fan over the age of reason has witnessed some Jerry Rice heroics in their lifetime, and those of us of more — ahem — mature years remember quite a lot of them. Even die hard Redskin fans like the blogger-in-chief must tip their hats to a guy as great as Jerry Rice. Like his Redskin counterpart Art Monk, he was a leader, a great human being on and off the field, and set the gold standard by which all other receivers will be measured.
This Labor Day we celebrate work worth doing, and work done well. Rice’s work ethic was legendary right up until announcing his retirement from the Denver Broncos today. Few will ever reach Jerry Rice’s level of consistent greatness, but we can all be thankful that we were able to witness one of the greats, if only for a little while.
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