NFL Network takes a look at Jerry Rice, Emmitt Smtih
If you get NFL Network -- and a lot of pro football fans don't -- this is a good night to set the DVR. There will be an interesting interview of Jerry Rice by Steve Mariucci airing at 5 and 8 p.m. Pacific time, and a round-table (triangular table?) reunion of the Dallas Cowboys' "Triplets" -- Troy Aikman, Michael Irvin and Emmitt Smith -- at 6 and 9 p.m.
Rice and Smith will be enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame this weekend.
In his interview with Mariucci, Rice speaks on a variety of subjects, ranging from the predictable (his work ethic) to the obscure (his hand size).
"The hands," he said. "I used to in high school, Mooch, I'm serious, I was embarrassed by my hands because of the size of them. They're huge, and I was this skinny guy and I used to walk around with my hands in my pockets all the time. 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."
Rice isn't just the greatest receiver in NFL history, but a very active pitchman as well. His latest endeavor? He's teamed with Proctor & Gamble to kick off the second year of the company's official NFL sponsorship and its "Take it to the House" promotion (www.facebook.com/TakeItToTheHouse).
The promotion includes a "Football Family" photo contest, a weekly texting competition with fans who will have the longest play from scrimmage, and a blogger fantasy league. Prizes include P&G products, a series of $10,000 donations to winners' communities on behalf of NFL Play 60, and a trip to the 2011 Pro Bowl.
-- Sam Farmer
Photo: Jerry Rice, gesturing with his infamously large hands, talks about his election into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Credit: John G. Mabanglo / EPA