SAN FRANSCISCO, Calif., Aug. 24 (UPI) -- Legendary NFL wide receiver Jerry Rice officially retired Thursday as a member of the San Francisco 49ers.
The 20-year veteran signed a one-day contract with the team for which he played 16 seasons.
Rice, who was chosen for the Pro Bowl 13 times, wanted to return for his 21st season after agreeing to terms on a contract with Denver last year, but decided to retire when he was told he might not play a major role with the Broncos this year.
"Jerry Rice's retirement as a member of the San Francisco 49ers is very important to Denise (DeBartolo York), to me, our family, and for our entire organization," said San Francisco owner John York.
Rice holds several NFL records including total receiving yards (22,895); receptions (1,549); touchdown receptions (197); and consecutive games with at least one reception (274). His Super Bowl records include total points (48); touchdowns (eight); receptions (33); and yards (589).