Sidney Rice

Sidney Rice

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Rice with the Seattle Seahawks in 2013
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Position: Wide receiver
Personal information
Date of birth: (1986-09-01) September 1, 1986
Place of birth: Gaffney, South Carolina
Height: 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)
Weight: 202 lb (92 kg)
Career information
High school: Gaffney (SC)
College: South Carolina
NFL Draft: 2007 / Round: 2 / Pick: 44
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Receptions: 243
Receiving yards: 3,592
Receiving touchdowns: 30
Player stats at

Sidney R. Rice (born September 1, 1986) is a former American football wide receiver who played seven seasons in the National Football League (NFL). Rice played college football at South Carolina. He was drafted by the Minnesota Vikings in the second round of the 2007 NFL Draft.

He also played for the Seattle Seahawks, with whom he became a champion in Super Bowl XLVIII over the Denver Broncos.

Personal life

Rice was born to Ida Coleman in Pickens, South Carolina.[1] Rice has two older brothers, Jarvis Rice and Tremell Austin. Rice grew up in Gaffney, where he played both football and basketball for the Gaffney Indians. Rice, who graduated from Gaffney High School in 2004 was named All-State in both sports, leading the hoops team to consecutive state titles and the football team to a state championship as well. He had 38 catches for 735 yards and 11 touchdowns his junior campaign. Rice was regarded as the best receiver in the state of South Carolina during his senior year. He was named to the High School Sports Report Statewide All-State team and selected Offensive Player of the Year. In 2003, Rice caught 77 passes for 1,414 yards and 14 touchdowns as a senior. Rice ended his high school career with 167 receptions for 3,044 yards and 31 touchdowns. Rice also excelled in basketball, earning 2002 - 2003 Class 4A Basketball Player of the Year after helping Gaffney to the state championship. That season, he averaged 18 points and seven rebounds per game, as the Indians finished the basketball season 28-0

College career

Rice was heavily recruited by many colleges but signed with the University of South Carolina, where he played for the South Carolina Gamecocks football team from 2004 to 2006.

Rice was redshirted his freshman year in 2004.

In his redshirt freshman year in 2005, he had 70 catches for 1,143 yards (14th all time in SEC history) and 13 touchdowns, a single season receiving record at University of South Carolina (eighth all time in Southeastern Conference history). He also began his career with eight consecutive games with a touchdown. This streak ended with the 30-22 upset of the nationally ranked Florida Gators at Williams-Brice Stadium.[2]

In 2006, Rice caught 72 passes for 1,090 yards and 10 touchdowns. He had five touchdowns against Florida Atlantic which broke a South Carolina record and tied an SEC record for most receiving touchdowns in a game. For his short career, he broke Sterling Sharpe's school career touchdown record in just two years, finishing his career with 23 touchdowns.[3]

Professional career


Pre-draft measurables
Ht Wt 40-yd dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20-ss 3-cone Vert Broad BP
6 ft 3½ in 200 lb 4.53 s 1.58 s 2.64 s 4.34 s 7.09 s 39½ in 9 ft 11 in
All values from NFL Combine[4]

Minnesota Vikings

Rice was drafted in the 2nd round (44th overall) of the 2007 NFL Draft by the Minnesota Vikings. He signed a four-year contract with the Vikings in 2007.

Rice caught his first touchdown pass on September 30, 2007 playing against the Green Bay Packers. In week 15, against the Bears, Rice injured his knee, causing him to miss the final two games.

Rice finished his rookie season with 31 receptions for 396 yards and four touchdowns (second most receiving touchdowns by a 2007 rookie). He also completed two passes including a 79-yard pass, the longest for a non-quarterback in Vikings history.

The next season, Rice was named a starter with the Vikings new acquisition Bernard Berrian. He got off to a pretty good start scoring a 23-yard touchdown in week one against the Packers. However, Rice suffered a knee injury that kept him out until week 9. When he returned, most of his playing time was when the Vikings were in the red zone as he would lose his starting job to Bobby Wade. Rice finished the 2008 season with 15 catches for 141 yards and 4 touchdowns (third most receiving touchdowns by a 2008 second year player).

2009 Pro Bowl season

Rice at Vikings training camp in 2009

In 2009, Rice had the most successful and stellar season of his career. Rice won his starting job back, and showed chemistry with new quarterback Brett Favre, who also had the best statistical season of his career. In a game against the Baltimore Ravens, he finished with 6 catches for 176 yards. The next week in Pittsburgh, Rice had a career-high 10 catches for 136 yards. In Week 10 against the Detroit Lions, Rice broke his 176-yard mark, with a 7-catch, 201-yard performance against the Lions. On November 18, 2009, Rice was named the NFC Offensive Player of the Week, the first time he received that award. Also, during the same year, he was selected to his first Pro Bowl. [5] In Week 17 of the 2009 NFL season, Rice caught 6 receptions for 112 yards, along with 2 touchdowns. This helped to complete a 44-7 rout of the New York Giants and help the Vikings to a 12-4 regular season record. This was enough for them to secure the 2nd seed in the NFC playoffs.[6]

Coming off a bye week in the first round of the playoffs, Rice and the Vikings played host to the NFC East champions Dallas Cowboys in the NFC Divisional Playoffs at the Metrodome. Rice played exceptionally well against the Cowboys, catching 6 throws from Brett Favre for 141 yards and 3 touchdowns, with a long of 47 yards.[7][8]

Hip surgery and 2010 season

Rice suffered a hip injury in the 2009-10 season's NFC championship game against the Saints. He was supposed to have surgery in the off-season during the spring to repair it. He did not go through with it during the off-season fearing its effect on his performance. On Monday August 23, 2010, three weeks into the next season's training camp, he decided to go through with the surgery and was unable to play with the Vikings until November. Rice underwent a "pick" procedure similar to microfracture knee surgery to repair joint cartilage damage. Doctors poked holes in the hip bone, making it bleed to generate cells that would reconstitute themselves as replacement fibrocartilage to fill the damaged gap. To compensate the Vikings signed free agent wide receiver Javon Walker, whom Brett Favre played with in Green Bay, as well as trade for Greg Camarillo, formerly of the Miami Dolphins. The Vikings also traded for Randy Moss from New England, whom they released after four games. Sidney Rice was activated from the physically unable to perform (PUP) list and made his 2010 season debut on November 21 against the Green Bay Packers in the Metrodome with 3 catches for 56 yards. Rice went on to have a major role in the Vikings' late-season victories over the Buffalo Bills and Philadelphia Eagles before sustaining a concussion during the Eagles game. This left him unable to play in the season finale, a loss against the Detroit Lions. The Vikings did not re-sign Rice for the 2011 season, having used their franchise tag on linebacker Chad Greenway.

Seattle Seahawks

After the lifting of the NFL lockout, Rice agreed to terms on a five-year, $41 million contract with the Seattle Seahawks.[9] The contract guaranteed Rice $18 million over its duration. He was reunited in Seattle with offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell and quarterback Tarvaris Jackson, a member of the Vikings during Rice's tenure there.

Rice was placed on injured reserve on November 30, 2011.[10]

On October 14, 2012, Sidney Rice caught the game winning touchdown from a 46-yard pass from Russell Wilson to beat the New England Patriots 24-23.

On December 2, 2012, Rice caught the game winning touchdown from rookie quarterback Russell Wilson in overtime, as the Seahawks edged past the Chicago Bears 23-17 at Soldier Field; he caught six passes for 99 yards and the one score, keeping the Seahawks in contention for a wild-card berth at 7-5.[11]

With the trade and signing of Percy Harvin and Antoine Winfield, Rice is again reunited with two of his Minnesota teammates.

On October 28, 2013 in a game against the St. Louis Rams, Rice tore his ACL, rendering him out for the remainder of the season. Without Rice, the Seahawks would win Super Bowl XLVIII after defeating the Denver Broncos 43-8.[12]

On February 28, 2014, the Seahawks released Rice. He agreed to re-sign with Seahawks on a one-year contract on April 16, 2014.[13]

On July 23, 2014, he announced his retirement due to multiple concussions throughout his career.[14][15]

Career statistics

National Football League

Season Receiving Fumbles
Year Team GP Rec Tar Yards Avg Lng TD FD Fum Lost
2007 MIN 13 31 53 396 12.8 60 4 25 0 0
2008 MIN 13 15 31 141 9.4 23 4 12 0 0
2009 MIN 16 83 122 1,312 15.8 63 8 59 1 1
2010 MIN 6 17 43 280 16.5 46 2 14 0 0
2011 SEA 9 32 57 484 15.1 52 2 19 0 0
2012 SEA 16 50 80 748 15.0 46 7 37 0 0
2013 SEA 8 15 35 231 15.4 31 3 11 1 1
Career 81 243 421 3,592 14.8 63 30 177 2 2


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