Receiver Jerry Rice retires from NFL

Sept. 5, 2005 at 9:04 PM
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ENGELWOOD, Colo., Sept. 5 (UPI) -- Wide receiver Jerry Rice announced his retirement from football Monday.

"I never thought I would see this day," Rice said. "But it's here now and I feel pretty good about it."

Rice was set to return for his 21st season in the NFL after agreeing to terms on a contract with the Denver Broncos, but decided to retire when he was told he might not play a major role with the team.

"I felt I came in and gave it my best shot and I still wanted to play," said Rice. "It didn't happen. I am still going to hold my head high and stay positive."

A two-time NFL Player of the Year, Rice holds just about every league record for wide receivers -- including 1,549 receptions, 22,895 receiving yards and 197 touchdowns. He also holds the record for total touchdowns with 208.

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