WR son of Jerry Rice commits to Colorado

Field Level Media

October 16, 2019 at 8:15 pm.

Brenden Rice, the son of Hall of Fame receiver Jerry Rice, will play football at Colorado.

Rice, a three-star wide receiver from Chandler (Ariz.) Hamilton High School, announced his decision in a video posted on social media, picking the Buffaloes over Arizona State, Michigan and Oregon.

“Many say I’m living off someone else’s name,” Rice says in the video. “Yet I was the one pulling myself out of bed in the morning. I was the one going through double days. I was the one practicing in the heat.

“Times when I thought of quitting, then I see ‘Rice’ with an ’80’ on the back of a jersey and realize what I’m chasing.”

Jerry Rice is the NFL’s all-time leader in receptions (1,549), receiving yards (22,895) and touchdown catches (197).

The younger Rice is similarly built at 6-foot-2, 204 pounds. He is ranked as the 403rd-best prospect in the nation and the No. 12 recruit in Arizona, according to the 247Sports composite rankings.

“Colorado was the pick for me because of the environment I felt out there; it’s different,” Rice told 247Sports. “I see what coach Mel Tucker’s vision is and I have a vision for myself, and I want to be a part of building that program up and what he’s doing there.”