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[Montana To] Rice: Touchdown UCLA?

Now I have an excuse to post this video of Flash 80:

Jerry Rice / Simply The Best (via mapache3800)

We got Rice (HT to theschully):

Menlo School senior football standout Jerry Rice Jr. may be running up and down the field in Stanford Stadium one of these seasons, but he won't be wearing the Cardinal's colors. Instead, it could be UCLA's blue and gold. Rice made it official last week that he's committed to attend UCLA this fall, planning to join the Bruins' football team as a walk-on. Rice made the announcement at the annual Menlo School Benefit, where he and his famous father introduced a golf-themed outing that was up for auction.

If you want to check out video highlights of Jerry Rice Jr. go here, here, and here. From the reels seems like the kid can play a little bit of everything.

Of course no way any of us here will ever impose the expectation on Mr. Rice to live up to those incredible memories (for many of us on BN who are Niner fanatics) from our childhood. But can't tell you how good it is going to feel seeing Jerry Rice on the back of UCLA home jersey.

Now only if we can somehow complete the sentence in our title by somehow getting this kid - Nick Montana - in uniform. For those of you don't know Nick happens to be a highly recruited QB at Oaks Christian, which has gained national attention for this:

Oaks Christian Football ESPN (via jrtm91361)

Nick apparently is a pretty good QB prospect who also has offers from schools like Georgia, Alabama, Stanford, and of course Notre Dame. Now only if Jerry Rice Jr. can some how convince his new coaches to recruit Montana and generate mutual interest the excitement level of thousands of UCLA fans growing up to the tunes of "Montana to Rice" will go up to another level. Another look:

Top Ten Pass Combos: Montana to Rice (via elemed3)

Joe Starky's calls still gives me the chills. I still remember sitting by the radio from Southern California (when we wouldn't get Niners game) and jumping up and down to those Starky calls and then wait for the half time highlights during Rams/Raiders game on the networks or eagerly wait for the NFL show on ESPN (back when I actually used to watch ESPN). Good times.

Anyways, I am excited about Rice Jr. and am realistic to know that Nick Montana to UCLA is a longshot at this snapshot of time. But just imagine those plays few years from now courtesy of the home team at the Rose Bowl and hearing the annoucer screarming, "Montana to Rice!! T-O-U-C-H-D-O-W-N!!! UCLA!!!!".

We can always dream. Right?