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Jerry Rice Is Still The Hardest Working Man In Showbiz

Not only was Jerry Rice the undisputed greatest receiver in the history of the NFL, he was able to tout an incredible, eventually legendary, work ethic that established him as not only a player to look up to, but a character the league could put forth as evidence that its stars were upright figures worthy of universal admiration. ↵

↵His indefatigable spirit doesn't have him doing things in his post-career life like climbing mountains and entering endurance sports events, but the guy is certainly keeping busy with taking part in Dancing With The Stars and now taking up golf. ↵

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↵And, of course, there's the always the chance to be a complete scold whenever a reporter asks him his thoughts about the current make-up of professional football players. ↵

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↵⇥My thought about that? Well, I'm embarrassed because so many guys put those guys in that position to make those big bucks. Going way back to Y.A. Tittle and all those guys. The way they represent the NFL is real shameful. I'm old school. I am one of those guys who believes that you earn your money and you conduct yourself a certain way. You look at what happened to JaMarcus Russell. He's out of football right now. He signed a contract his first year for over 35 million dollars and he just got into some real serious trouble. So, I feel like these guys need to step up and represent the NFL the right way. ↵
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↵All right. Watch the swinging cane, there, pal. ↵

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↵Okay, okay. As we said, Rice is the G.O.A.T. and certainly workedextremelyhard to get there. As such, he's earned the right to poo-poo some players for not making the most of their respective talents. At the same time, that's not a thing unique to the NFL in its current state and likely isn't going to change anytime soon. While it's easy to point to few underachievers like JaMarcus Russell to show how the culture of the NFL now is one of laziness, you could probably find even more who work their tail off to be the best they possibly can. ↵

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↵And if Jerry is so interested in improving how hard players keep their nose to the proverbial grindstone, he could take some under his wing or even become a coach. ↵

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