Our Haute 100 list details the accomplishments of the most influential people in each of our markets—Miami, New York, Los Angeles, and San Francisco. These people continue to make moves, so rather than waiting for the next Haute 100 issue to come out, we thought we’d provide you with regular updates on those Haute 100 members who are making headlines. The standout football superstar Jerry Rice, who led San Fransisco to numerous Super Bowls, was recently inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
Company: NFL, San Fransisco 49ers & Oakland Raiders
What Made Him Haute: Rice is the No. 1 wide receiver in NFL history. During his career, he won three Super Bowls and was elected to the Pro Bowl 13 times. He’s got some moves off the field too, which he proved during his stint on ABC’s hit show, Dancing with the Stars. He recently put his family home in Atherton on the market (a different article in this edition profiles the property). His 127 Foundation, designed to support various children’s programs in the Bay Area, was re-launched in 2009.
What Makes Him Haute: Rice was recently inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame last Saturday, making Bay Area football fans very happy. Rice, who played for San Fransisco 49ers and the Oakland Raiders, was an iconic player for both teams and is deemed the NFL’s all-time leading receiver. He holds almost every receiving record. Some of his important feats: winning three Super Bowls with San Fransisco, helping win two division titles, and a conference championship in Oakland. The good news comes at an important time; the bleak state of football in the Bay Area is brought to life with memories of the glorious past.
All the inductees were greatly honored, but Rice was considered the finest and most effective receiver in the NFL. Some even called him a perfectionist. His speech, which was given in front of a crowd of Niners’ supporters, was an emotional one, and he credited his success as a result of his hard working demeanor.
Rice has appeared in commercials for All Sport, Visa, and Gatorade and has co-authored two books about his life: Rice, and Go Along: My Journey Beyond the Game and the Fame.