San Francisco 49ers legend Jerry Rice uncovered it all in the ESPN Magazine Body10 issue. The annual release features dozens of athletes in nude and semi-nude photos that celebrate the physical structure and athletic form of some of the world's most popular sports figures.
The Hall of Famer made his debut this year and in his interview with ESPN, Rice discussed his heralded football career and shared how he's maintained his post-NFL body.
“I still feel like today, if I wanted to come back to football and play football, I could do it, at the age of 55,” Rice said. “I'm one of those guys that I still believe that if I wanted to, I could come back, catch over 80 balls and really be productive on the field. ... I think I'm still explosive, and I think I still can beat up on some defenses.”
Rice is the only former NFL player to make this year’s issue and the second oldest athlete behind Hall of Fame golfer Greg Norman (63). Even 13 years removed from his last NFL game, Rice showed he still has it during a visit to 49ers training camp last summer. Rice joined the active roster for individual drills and ran several routes during a practice.
“The young guys could not believe that after playing a game for 20 years, and being out of the game for 15 years or something, my body knew what to do -- that I could run routes, that I could catch the ball, that I can beat them off the line of scrimmage and do all those things,” Rice added. “I think that really impressed them. But because I never got out of shape, my body just knew what to do the second I put on those football shoes.”
Joining Rice in the Body Issue's 10th anniversary edition are New York Giants running back Saquon Barkley, Minnesota Timberwolves center Karl-Anthony Towns and Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig among other respected athletes.
Rice is the fourth former member of the 49ers to be featured in the publication behind Patrick Willis (2010), Colin Kaepernick (2013) and Vernon Davis (2013).
Visit ESPN to see Rice’s entire digital spread. The Body10 issue hits newsstands June 29.