Behind the Scenes With Jerry Rice

Follow the Hall of Fame wide receiver's visit to Irvington, Alabama to bring the Bryant High School Hurricanes together as a team and win much more than a game.

Photo By: Chaz W Howard

Photo By: Chaz W Howard

Photo By: Chaz W Howard

Photo By: Chaz W Howard

Photo By: Chaz W Howard

Photo By: Chaz W Howard

Photo By: Chaz W Howard

Photo By: Chaz W Howard

Photo By: Chaz W Howard

A Hurricane center delivers the snap as the scrimmage kicks into gear.

The 52-year-old Rice demonstrates the 22-year-old form that made him the NFL’s all-time leader in receptions, receiving yards and TD receptions.

Combining the area’s rich farming and shrimping tradition with the community’s love of football, a tractor tire and heavy rope are part of Rice’s instruction.

Seeking to push the players outside their comfort zone, Rice lends a hand during a shrimp-net drill he picked up from his visit to the local boat docks.

Rice offers plenty of encouragement as players lift heavy bags of rock salt.

The Hurricane players are warned, "We’re gonna sweat today."

Taking a time out with two Hurricane linemen.

Full of surprises, Rice brings in Alexa and Nina from the San Francisco 49ers Gold Rush cheerleading team to teach the Bryant cheer squads a special routine for the big game.

Special moment: the 10-time First Team All-Pro prepares to sign an injured Hurricane cheerleader’s cast.

Rice is as comfortable in front of the camera as he was under the stadium lights catching bombs from Joe Montana.

Enthusiasm is high in the Bryant High School bleachers as a big crowd shows their school spirit.

Delton Steiner (center, #77) — felled by a season-ending injury a week before the first game — leads the charge as the Hurricanes take the field.

A gorgeous Alabama sunset greets fans at Hurricane stadium with kickoff less than an hour away.

Hurricane QB Rydarrion "Ra-Ra" Bowie (left) looks for an opening against the Davidson defense.

Jerry shouts encouragement to the team as head coach Bruce Breland watches the play unfold. Will his presence on the sideline be enough to push the Hurricanes to victory?