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Jerry Rice Has Been Crashing Bay Area Weddings Just About Every Weekend For Five Years
Most athletes when they retire either get into coaching or sign up with a network to talk about the sport that they played for so many years. Apparently, Jerry Rice has a different passion in life.
The former San Francisco 49ers WR has been crashing random bay area weddings just about every weekend for a while now.
“I just want to go up to the bride and the groom and congratulate them,” Rice said. “Tell them, ‘Today is your day.’”
“For some reason, it always turns out that they are so excited,” Rice said. “They want to take pictures, and I’m just happy to take pictures with them. It always turns out to be bigger than that.”
The NFL’s all-time leader in receptions simply loves receptions, whether it’s on the field or a wedding reception.
When Larkin and Matt got married last November in Carmel-by-the-Sea, California, Matt was starting to get annoyed. Their reception was at a bar, and the bouncers had already approached him twice to ask if strangers were allowed to join the party.
“Then the guy at the door comes a third time and says, ‘You’ve got to come out again,’ and I’m saying, ‘Really?’ So I walked out with him and Jerry Rice is standing there saying, ‘Hey, I’m Jerry,’” Matt said.
Rice took about 20 minutes of photos before heading to the dance floor, where he performed a perfect knees-bent, swaying-side-to-side dance to “Blow the Whistle” by Too $hort. “It was surreal,” Matt said. “You’re thinking, ‘No one is going to believe this.’”
My uncle & my aunts close friend & fellow MVSU grad at my cousins wedding y’all might know him as the Jerry Rice pic.twitter.com/lL2b0cq7GX
— Asshleighh ✨ (@ashleigh_tgc) May 16, 2016
Jerry Rice crashed my friend’s wedding last night, so at least there’s that.
— Ruthie Reisner (@ruthiereisner) November 13, 2016
My parents met Jerry Rice at a wedding and I’m lightweight salty
— Alex (@Apadilla81) September 7, 2015
It’s only right that Jerry Rice would coincidentally show up at a wedding with a 49er Groom Cake!… https://t.co/nU42zeJuV9
— DJ Planet Rock (@djplanetrock) September 7, 2015
Jerry Rice is in the house for the #BairdBeard wedding!
— Logan Johnson (@lmjcard32) September 8, 2012
Either my cousin’s best man is a dead ringer for Jerry Rice or I really, really should’ve gone to that wedding.
— Meoskop (@meoskop) July 18, 2014
jerry rice is at the wedding that I’m at lmao
— steph (@indierockflower) November 29, 2014
Lol im at this wedding rehearsal and i turn around and its jerry rice
— James Leonard (@LilJay_InThaCut) January 31, 2015
As you can see, Rice has been doing this at least since 2012 and everyone seems to get a kick out of it anytime he shows up.
Here’s one of the best quotes from the piece:
“The best was when my mother-in-law was kissing Jerry Rice,” Jennifer Restrani, whose wedding in San Ramon, California, was crashed by Rice, said. “My husband went over to his dad and said, ‘Dad, mom is kissing Jerry Rice,’ and his dad just nodded and said ‘It’s OK.’”