Top 50 Jerry Rice Quotes on Hard Work, Dedication & Success

Read these famous quotes by Jerry Rice for encouragement and motivation.

Jerry Rice, a former NFL wide receiver for teams like the San Francisco 49ers, Oakland Raiders, and Seattle Seahawks, will inspire you to always give your best effort.

No matter your favorite team, we all know that passion and hard work matter most in sports.

Football fans will love these quotes from one of the greatest wide receivers in NFL history.

Jerry Rice’s words reflect his talent, dedication, and ambition, leaving a lasting impact on sports.

Find motivation in his quotes and never lose hope.


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Quotes From Jerry Rice To Improve Your Work Ethic

1. “Like I said, repetition in practice and hard work.”  Jerry Rice

2. “Not wanting to disappoint is what pushed me to be successful.”  Jerry Rice

3. “Today I will do what others won’t, so tomorrow I can accomplish what others can’t.”  Jerry Rice

4. “I went out there to play my game for the fun of it and never based my career around records.”  Jerry Rice

5. “The Enemy of the best is the good. If you’re always settling with what’s good, you’ll never be the best.”  Jerry Rice

6. “To me, it was never about what I accomplished on the football field, it was about the way I played the game.”  Jerry Rice

7. “Once you get your education it’s going to open up so many doors for you. And the sky’s the limit. So that’s what I want to deliver to students.”  Jerry Rice

8. “My work ethic came from my parents and my fear of failure. I came from a small, predominantly black school and I didn’t want to let them down.”  Jerry Rice

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9. “If I should get selected into the Hall of Fame, I’d be able to say ‘thank you’ to all the legends that are in the Hall of Fame. And also say thank you to my teammates, and also to all the fans. It’s going to be like a dream come true.”  Jerry Rice

10. “I think the thing about that was I was always willing to work; I was not the fastest or biggest player but I was determined to be the best football player I could be on the football field and I think I was able to accomplish that through hard work.”  Jerry Rice

Quotes By Jerry Rice To Uplift And Inspire You

11. “I’m used to performing under pressure, but that’s playing football.”  Jerry Rice

12. “I want to do a good job. I’m just learning and I just want to have fun with it.”  Jerry Rice

13. “They never clocked me on my way to the end zone. They never caught me because I ran scared.”  Jerry Rice

14. “I was just a small boy from Mississippi, and now little kids are going to identify with me through this game.”  Jerry Rice

15. “During the offseason, I didn’t take any time off. I played this game for over 20 years. So right after the season, I would go right back into my regimen.”  Jerry Rice

16. “I don’t diet. I’ll eat fish; I’ll eat baked chicken, pasta, and beans. When the body is telling you, ‘You need to indulge in something,’ you need to give the body what it wants.”  Jerry Rice

17. Self-think with my hands, it was catching a lot of footballs and working with my father during the summer because he would always make me. My father was a bricklayer so I was a helper. My job was to make sure that he had bricks to lay.”  Jerry Rice

18. “You know, I never looked down the road and said, ‘Hey look, one day, the Hall of Fame.’ It’s always about playing every game 100 percent and I thank my teammates for getting me into the Hall because football is a team sport, not an individual sport.”  Jerry Rice

19. “We have seen some of the greatest athletes fall because they have tried to take shortcuts. I’m not going to call any names but we talk about guys that were at the top of their game that people just idolized. They looked in awe and all of a sudden you see them just come tumbling down because they want to take shortcuts. I think it’s more rewarding when you do it the old-fashioned way.”  Jerry Rice

20. “My first experience with football was not very good because I didn’t plan on playing football. I was just playing hookie one day and I was a sophomore and decided not to go to class. And the principal – normally he does his rounds and I thought I had him down pretty good where he was going to be – he sort of walked up behind me and scared me. He noticed I could run fast. So that’s how I got introduced to football.”  Jerry Rice

Jerry Rice Quotes That Get You Motivated

21. “Most injuries require chiropractic care. It works better for me than anything else.”  Jerry Rice

22. “Coming from the South, I just felt you had to work just a little bit harder. It was not going to be handed to you.”  Jerry Rice

23. “I think my secret is that there are no shortcuts for hard work, determination, and having that don’t give up attitude.”  Jerry Rice

24. “There is still a lot of football in me and I enjoy watching the players go out there and be the best players they can be.”  Jerry Rice

25. “There are a lot of young players here right now, and these guys are going to eventually learn as they go. Next year we can’t use that as an excuse that we had so many young players on the team.”  Jerry Rice

26. “I played the game for 20 years, and I think that kept me on the football field, being adjusted. Getting hit so many times, being all out of whack, and going in to see my chiropractor kept me back on the football field.”  Jerry Rice

27. “Defensive backs are the best players on the field. But when you get an exceptional player like  Deion Sanders or Darrell Green – these guys are fast and they have very good technique. You have to work a little harder.”  Jerry Rice

28. “Montana and I had an unbelievable chemistry. When I first came into the league he told me I added five years to his career, and I just think we complimented each other very well and were able to do some amazing things out on the football field.”  Jerry Rice

29. “I’ve grown over the years and I know how to adapt to situations, where I can go into a situation where there’s a crowd of people and just take over. But pretty much I’m off to myself. And I’m committed to the game of football. That’s why I’ve had so much success.”  Jerry Rice

30. “I had to work hard and hit the books because the opportunity to play in the NFL is not that big, so I knew I needed something to fall back on. That’s the message I want to send to those kids when I talk to them in person and let them know the most important thing is getting your education.”  Jerry Rice

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Quotes From Jerry Rice That Will Encourage You To Follow Your Intuition

31. “I think it was fantastic being in the 49ers Hall of Fame.”  Jerry Rice

32. It appears that what people might not know about me is that I’m a shy individual.”  Jerry Rice

33. “I had that hunger, that desire, to be successful and I wasn’t going to let anything stand in my way.”  Jerry Rice

34. “I just want the same thing Joe Montana got when he was MVP. He got respect. He got commercials. He got everything.”  Jerry Rice

35. “People would look at me weird. You know, like, ‘Why is this guy’s hands always in his pockets?’ But I was embarrassed by the size of my hands.”  Jerry Rice

36. “Monday Night Football. That was everything to me because you get a chance to show everybody what you’re capable of. It’s only two teams on that Monday night.”  Jerry Rice

37. “The things that are happening to me are unbelievable. I’m busier right now than when I played football. This is almost like I’m coming back out of retirement. It will be fun to see myself in the game.”  Jerry Rice

38. “My agent said, ‘Jerry, Dancing With the Stars – they want you on there.’ I said, ‘Ain’t no way. I’m not going to do that.’ Then he came back to me again, and he kept putting pressure on me. I said, ‘All right, I’ll give it a try.’”  Jerry Rice

39. “I think I just went into a system that was willing to utilize me and gave me opportunities and I felt fortunate to be able to go to Oakland and put the silver and black on. I wanted to prove to everybody that I could still play.”  Jerry Rice

40. “After I got disciplined I got introduced to football and then after that, everything just took off for me. I had a lot of role models: the teachers, and the coaches. Watching them give so much to so many students so they can be successful in life just ingrained in me that I think it’s more gratifying for me to give back than just to receive.”  Jerry Rice

Further Jerry Rice Quotes

41. “I was always in search of a perfect game and I never got it.”  Jerry Rice

42. “Yours truly  feel like I’m the best, but you’re not going to get me to say that.”  Jerry Rice

43. “The game of life requires the edge that chiropractic care provides.”  Jerry Rice

44. “The same thing I applied to football, I applied to try to be an actor and hopefully it came off well.”  Jerry Rice

45. “The absolute worst thing a receiver can do is worry about not catching the ball or about getting hit.”  Jerry Rice

46. “When you begin to lose the fire a little bit and if you’re not giving 100 percent out there, then it’s time for you to leave because you’ll end up getting hurt – I want to be able to walk away on top.”  Jerry Rice

47. “I have been blessed with a long and healthy career as a professional athlete and as I move forward into the next stage of my life, chiropractic care will continue to be an important part of my game.”  Jerry Rice

48. “I do a lot of running, and I do it every day. I run on a track, I run hills and I work the stair-stepper extremely hard. I do some type of cardio every day. In addition, I have a passion for golf, and that helps me stay fit, too.”  Jerry Rice

49. “I’m looking forward to the Hall of Fame ceremonies. It’s going to be unbelievable – just crazy. I’m looking forward to thanking all the fans for inspiring me to go out there and play my best football each and every game.”  Jerry Rice

50. “I think just what my parents instilled in me was hard work and being able to always go out there and focus and be 100%. I took that work ethic into the NFL and every day I always gave 100% and never wanted anything to be handed to me. I wanted to earn it. And every time I stepped on that football field during practice I wanted to leave that football field with learning something about what the practice was about for me that day.”  Jerry Rice

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