"My work ethic came from my parents and my fear of failure. I came from a small, predominantly black school and I didn't want to let them down."
"Far better is it to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs, even though checkered by failure... than to rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy nor suffer much, because they live in a gray twilight that knows not victory nor defeat."Jerry Rice on Theodore Roosevelt
"I can accept failure, everyone fails at something. But I can't accept not trying."Jerry Rice on Michael Jordan
"Nothing in this world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not nothing is more common than unsuccessful people with talent. Genius will not unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not the world is full of educated failures. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent."Jerry Rice on Calvin Coolidge
"My great concern is not whether you have failed, but whether you are content with your failure."Jerry Rice on Abraham Lincoln
"Remembering that I'll be dead soon is the most important tool I've ever encountered to help me make the big choices in life. Because almost everything - all external expectations, all pride, all fear of embarrassment or failure - these things just fall away in the face of death, leaving only what is truly important."Jerry Rice on Steve Jobs
"Montana and I had a chemistry that was unbelievable. When I first came into the league he told me I added five years to his career, and I just think we complimented each other very well and were able to do some amazing things out on the football field."
"I just want the same thing Joe Montana got when he was MVP. He got respect. He got commercials. He got everything."
"I'm really looking forward to the Hall of Fame ceremonies. It's going to be unbelievable - just crazy. I'm looking forward to thanking all the fans for inspiring me to go out there and play my best football each and every game."