A call from Jerry Rice is enough to cause excitement even in the sports-jaded Eagletarian household. When Eagletarian's 14-year-old son realized who was talking to his dad on the speakerphone Wednesday evening, he started texting his friends with the news. Sadly, Rice was blocking the caller I.D. -- you don't get to be the greatest receiver of all time without developing slick moves.
Actually, the original idea was to talk to Rice before writing the DeSean Jackson story that appeared in Tuesday's Daily News, but that didn't work out. Still, late was better than never. Rice and Jackson are clients of DeBartolo Sports and Entertainment, and Rice worked out with the youngster from Cal as he prepared for last month's draft, which saw him taken by the Eagles in the second round.
Rice said that even at Jackson's current 5-10, 175, he doesn't think the rookie will get jammed at the line by a lot of NFL corners, for one reason -- they might get their hands on him and disrupt him, once, twice, three times, but sooner or later, they won't, and with 4.35 speed, Jackson can make a lone mistake fatal. Rice feels Jackson's speed will eventually back people off.
Jackson acknowledged that some of his time with Rice was spent talking about off-the-field matters, including the perception at Cal that Jackson's father and his large family were not always positive influences. Rice spoke about that as well.