Jerry Rice is the greatest wide receiver in the history of the NFL, but his legacy may have just been tarnished forever.
The San Francisco 49ers legend revealed in an interview that he consistently used an illegal adhesive which he would stick to his gloves in order to make it easier to catch all of those passes from Joe Montana.
Rice himself admitted that he knew what he was doing was illegal and cheating. Rice tried to palm away the controversy by saying that everyone did exactly the same, that classic school boy excuse.
Pro Football Talk uncovered an interview in which the Hall of Fame wide receiver admitted to gaining an illegal advantage in certain games.
Speaking to ESPN's Jim Trotter for a piece titled "The Evolution of Gloves" that aired on January 17, Rice said he used a banned substance to help him catch the football.
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“I know this might be a little illegal, guys, but you put a little spray, a little stickum on them, to make sure that texture is a little sticky,” Rice laughed nonchalantly.
Banned in '81
The NFL banned Stickum in 1981, so Rice's usage would've been highly illegal during any point of his 20-year career, which began in 1985.
Gloves were introduced in to football after the NFL decided to outlaw the stuff that guys like Lester Hayes would spread copiously on their hands, Hayes would dip his hands in a big vat of the stuff before games. Rice admitted in the feature that he enhanced the surface of gloves approved for use in the NFL with a substance that would make it easier to catch the ball.