Brenden Rice, son of legend Jerry Rice, declares for 2024 NFL Draft after excelling at USC

As the 2023 NFL season looms on the horizon, the anticipation among football enthusiasts is not just confined to the quest for the coveted Lombardi Trophy. The excitement extends to the prospect of witnessing the emergence of future NFL stars, with names like Caleb Williams, Drake Meyer, Brandon Rice, Marvin Harrison Jr., and more capturing the imagination of fans.

Meanwhile, NFL legend and Colorado Coach Deion Sanders expressed reluctance to see his son Shedeur Sanders step onto the field this upcoming season. Nevertheless, Brenden Rice, renowned for carrying the legacy of his NFL-famous father, takes the initiative to signal his potential arrival in the league.

Who is Brenden Rice?

The son of former NFL great and Hall of Fame wide receiver Jerry Rice, Brenden Rice is carving his own path, as he continues to make waves in the world of college football.

Jerry Rice’s legacy in the NFL is nothing short of legendary. Boasting records for receptions, receiving yards, and total touchdowns in a career, along with three Super Bowls and ten All-Pro honors, he is widely regarded as one of the greatest wide receivers in the history of the sport. Now, the younger Rice is poised to carry forward the family name with his own brand of excellence.

Beginning his football journey as a three-star prospect at Hamilton High School in Chandler, Arizona, the wide receiver quickly made his mark. His talent caught the eye of college recruiters, leading him to join the Colorado Buffaloes in 2020. As a freshman, he showcased his potential with six catches for 120 yards and two touchdowns and laid the foundation for a promising collegiate career.

Nonetheless, the six-foot-three wideout didn’t rest on his laurels. In his sophomore season, Rice continued to impress with 21 receptions for 299 yards and three scores. The following year, he embarked on a new chapter, transferring to the USC Trojans within the conference for the 2022 season, per CBS Sports.

In his debut campaign with USC, Brenden Rice made an immediate impact, tallying 39 receptions, 611 yards, and four touchdowns. His performance on the field earned him recognition as a second-team All-Pac-12 player.

The 2023 season marked a pinnacle in Brenden’s collegiate journey. Becoming a go-to target for quarterback Caleb Williams, he emerged as a standout player for the Trojans. 

His impressive numbers included 12 touchdown passes on 45 receptions, accumulating 781 yards. The regular-season finale showcased his prowess, with eight receptions for 147 yards and a touchdown, solidifying his status as the touchdown leader for the USC Trojans that season.

Brenden Rice declares for the 2024 NFL Draft

Brenden Rice declared for the 2024 NFL draft on Friday. The announcement comes hot on the heels of his invitation to the prestigious Reese’s Senior Bowl in Alabama, marking a pivotal moment in the promising wide receiver’s career.

Brenden’s journey at the University of Southern California (USC) concluded with a standout final season, earning him accolades and admiration. Nevertheless, uncertainties loom over his immediate future on the field, with questions surrounding his participation in the Holiday Bowl showdown against Louisville on December 27 and the Reese’s Senior Bowl on February 3.

Amid this, the standout took to social media to express gratitude to the Trojan family, acknowledging the unwavering support he received throughout his collegiate tenure to declare the next step in his career.

In a heartfelt message, Brenden conveyed, “Trojan family, thank you for taking me in and making me feel at home. Through the good and bad, being a Trojan means to persevere and fight the fuck on.”

Brenden Rice’s decision to enter the 2024 NFL draft places him under the spotlight, carrying the weight of a legendary last name. The son of Jerry Rice, widely regarded as one of the greatest wide receivers in NFL history, Brenden will undoubtedly face heightened expectations and scrutiny.

His potential impact in the NFL remains uncertain, but his family lineage alone could make him an intriguing prospect for teams in the upcoming draft.

Interestingly, Brenden might not be the only wide receiver with Hall of Fame lineage entering the 2024 NFL Draft. Marvin Harrison Jr., the son of former NFL star Marvin Harrison and a standout at Ohio State, is also contemplating his draft decision. Recently, junior Harrison came into the spotlight due to his “silencer” celebration following his team’s win.

Who do you think will end up as the first overall draft of the 2024 NFL draft?

Shabiha Akter

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Shabiha, once a casual observer, has morphed into a die-hard NFL fan. She carefully dissects every play, trade, and strategy. Whether it's breaking down game highlights or predicting playoff outcomes, Shabiha is your go-to source for all things NFL.


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