Jerry Rice seems like a nice guy. He appears to have a solid head atop his shoulders. He’s polite, can dance and is the greatest wide receiver of all-time.
And now, he’s going to introduce NASCAR fans to something they’ve never seen before … a black person!
In addition to being honored at Friday’s banquet, Rice’s Grand Marshal duties will also include attending the NEXTEL Cup drivers’ meeting on Sunday morning and joining the Northern California Toyota Dealers in giving the start command, “Gentleman, start your engines,” prior to the start of the Toyota/Save Mart 350.
This will mark the first-ever NASCAR NEXTEL Cup race that Rice has attended.
“I understand it’s a pretty big adrenaline rush watching these stock cars race around the track, and it should be even more exciting on the Infineon Raceway road course,” Rice said. “It’s going to be a great weekend.”
Now, the only possible reason other than money that Jerry Rice could be doing this is that he really, really just wants to say “Gentlemen start your engines!” Right? Or maybe he just wants to do the exact opposite thing of the dancing show. Or maybe someone told him that NASCAR is cool and he’ll feel totally comfortable in the situation.
Whatever the reason, we just … we don’t know, Jerry. We just don’t know.