Is Jerry Rice gay? Debunking the random rumours about Hall of Famer

Jerry Rice
Jerry Rice is an NFL Hall of Famer

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Jerry Rice is a legend in the NFL but he is not gay and has been married twice

Jerry Rice
Jerry Rice is an NFL Hall of Famer

Jerry Rice is an American retired wide receiver who played 20 seasons in the National Football League (NFL). Known primarily for his time with the San Francisco 49ers (he won three Super Bowls there), Rice also spent time with the Oakland Raiders and Seattle Seahawks teams before his retirement.

Latisha Pelayo and he have been in a relationship for an extended period. Together they share three children, which goes to show that he is not gay.

He was born in 1962

Jerry Rice was born October 13th 1962 in Starkville Mississippi and spent much of his childhood working multiple jobs to support his family, due to the belief by his mother that football was too rough. Later however he would go on to earn a football scholarship at Mississippi Valley State University with Hall-of-Famer Joe Montana becoming one of the greatest offensive duos ever seen on an NFL field.

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SANTA CLARA, CALIFORNIA – JANUARY 08: NFL Hall of Famer Jerry Rice of the San Francisco 49ers reacts on the field prior to the game against the Arizona Cardinals at Levi’s Stadium on January 08, 2023 in Santa Clara, California. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)

Over his 20-year career, he established virtually every major receiving and scoring record in the NFL. Additionally, he became one of only two players ever to win two Super Bowl championships within their first two years in the league and is widely considered to be one of its greatest players ever.

Even amid his successful professional life, Jerry remains a dedicated father and philanthropist. In business he serves as Honorary Chairman for the San Francisco 49ers Foundation; acting roles have seen him reach the final two on the reality show Dancing with the Stars; writing includes autobiographies Rice and Go Long; as well as working in Hollywood productions like Rocky V.

He was drafted by the San Francisco 49ers

Rice thrived under the 49ers’ “West Coast” offence, featuring short passes and precise route running by receivers. As a result, he earned three Super Bowl rings while becoming one of the greatest wide receivers ever seen in NFL history.

Off the field, his career was marred by controversy; this included being arrested on charges of DUI and drug possession. After this happened, the NFL suspended him permanently – not playing for one year post-release.

Jerry Rice
SANTA CLARA, CALIFORNIA – JANUARY 22: NFL Hall of Famer Jerry Rice looks on prior to a game between the Dallas Cowboys and San Francisco 49ers in the NFC Divisional Playoff game at Levi’s Stadium on January 22, 2023 in Santa Clara, California. (Photo by Lachlan Cunningham/Getty Images)

Despite his difficulties, he has continued his training at his gym in Atherton, California. Since he started dating Latisha Pelayo he seems content; however, there has been speculation he may be gay; according to sports agent Leigh Steinberg, this topic remains taboo within professional team sports.

He retired in 2005

After 20 years in the NFL, Rice retired with three Super Bowl rings and 36 records to his name, including 13 Pro Bowl appearances and membership on its 75th Anniversary Team. Aside from being an inspiring football player, he is also an outstanding public speaker and philanthropist – authoring books such as Go Long: My Journey Beyond the Game and Hall of Fame.

Rice played an instrumental role in leading the 49ers to victory during their 1987 championship season, catching 82 passes for 1,483 yards and 17 touchdowns. At Super Bowl XXIII he caught 11 passes totalling 215 yards to earn MVP honors in that game.

Go Long and America’s Game are both New York Times bestselling books written by Rice. He serves as co-host of ESPN’s NFL Sunday Morning program and frequently appears as an analyst on CBS Sports coverage of NFL matches, plus commentating for games as a commentator and making appearances such as Dancing With the Stars.

He has three children

Jerry Rice, one of the greatest wide receivers ever, played 20 seasons in the National Football League (NFL) before retiring after three Super Bowl championships and breaking numerous records along the way. Known for his hard work ethic and longevity in sports – starting out from small Division I-AA colleges before going on to become an icon NFL player.

Jerry Mitchell married Jacqueline Bernice Mitchell and together, they have three children together. However, the couple separated in 2007 and divorced three years later with Mitchell alleging extramarital affairs and infidelity on Jerry’s part during their proceedings for divorce.

Jerry Rice and his first wife
KIRKLAND, WA – OCTOBER 19: Receiver Jerry Rice #80 (C) holds up his new Seattle Seahawks jersey as his wife, Jackie Rice, stands nearby after the Seattle Seahawks announced a trade on October 19, 2004 with the Oakland Raiders in Kirkland, Washington. The Oakland Raiders traded Rice to the Seattle Seahawks for a 2005 seventh-round draft pick. (Photo by Ron Wurzer/Getty Images)

Since retiring from the NFL, Rice has appeared in various television shows and movies. Since marrying Latisha Pelayo – owner of a skincare salon in the Bay Area – they have lived an isolated existence while rarely giving interviews; fans speculate they might live a luxurious lifestyle; with one mansion worth millions estimated among their properties.

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