Mount Rushmore of Mississippi Sports

Jerry Rice played for Mississippi Valley State from 1981 to 1984 (Photo courtesy of BOXTOROW Radio)

1) Jerry Rice

There’s no changing my mind. Jerry Rice is the best wide receiver in NFL history. The Mississippi Valley State alumnus is so far ahead in every career statistical category that it would be complete blasphemy to consider any other receiver better. His records for receptions (1,549), receiving yards (22,895), most 1,000-yard receiving seasons (14), total touchdowns (208), and combined net yards (23,546) won’t be broken by another receiver for a long, long time—if ever—and it all started in the 489-person town of Crawford, Mississippi.

Interesting fact: According to his book, Rice garnered his skills by chasing down horses and catching bricks while helping out his father, who was a brick mason.


Written by J.T. Mitchell

J.T. Mitchell is a multimedia journalist out of Jackson, Mississippi, who worked extensively for both News Mississippi and SuperTalk Mississippi before coming aboard as managing editor for Our Mississippi Home. He is also the author of Pocket Grammar: 24 Mistakes You'll Never Make Again. J.T. received his education from The University of the South in Sewanee, Tennessee, where he studied both English and philosophy. Contact J.T. at [email protected]

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