Colorado’s Brenden Rice, son of Hall-of-Famer Jerry Rice, stars with 2 touchdowns Saturday


Do you like touchdowns? How about touchdowns scored by offspring of Hall-of-Famers? If your answer was “yes” to both questions then you, faithful reader of, are in luck.

Meet Brenden Rice. If that last name sounds familiar to you, it’s because Brenden, a freshman at the University of Colorado, is the son of 49ers legend Jerry Rice, by far the most decorated wide receiver in NFL history. Brenden, who plays the same position as his old man, went berserk against Utah Saturday, erupting for the second and third touchdowns of his fledging career. The 6’3” Rice first broke free for a breathtaking 81-yard punt return, then followed it up with another beauty, taking Sam Moyer’s third-quarter screen pass the distance for a 61-yard score. The latter was Rice’s only catch of the afternoon on a snowy Saturday in Boulder.

Brenden, a coveted recruit who chose to attend Colorado over scholarship offers from Iowa State, Oklahoma State, Texas A&M, UCLA and Wisconsin, has made the most of his limited workload this year, turning six catches into 110 yards and two touchdowns through four games. Rice’s son from a previous relationship, Jerry Rice Jr., also played on the college football circuit, beginning his career at UCLA before later transferring to UNLV.

Time will tell if Brenden ascends to NFL status, but the early returns in his debut season at Colorado have certainly been promising.

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