Says punter Shane Lechler, another regular playing partner, "Jerry's always complaining about the tee times, saying, 'I've got to drive all the way across the bridge; I'll never make it.' Then he's there an hour early, hitting a bucket of balls on the range and getting his putts in."
When Rice isn't swinging his driver, he's driving his wife crazy by obsessively staying in optimal physical condition. His body isn't a temple; it's a shrine. "He's thinking about it 24/7," Jackie says. "It's embarrassing when you go out to dinner and you want to eat, and he's ordering the salad and staring at you when you order dessert."
No wonder Jackie isn't pressing her husband to retire. "That's the thing I dread," she says, laughing. "He has so much energy, he's going to drive us all nuts." In the meantime it's Jerry who sets his alarm for six each morning, rousts the kids—Jaqui, Jerry Jr. (11) and Jada (six)—and gets them ready for school. He says he often wakes up stiff and sore, and he hits the hot tub each morning upon his arrival at the Raiders' training facility. "I have days when I feel like I don't have it," he says, "but you have to fight your way out of those funks."
How long can he last? "I would like to win a Super Bowl with the Raiders," Rice says. "I don't think Al Davis is going to break up this team if we come close and don't get it this year, but there is a sense of urgency. If we do win it all, I may have to reflect on all I've been through and move on to something else."
Enjoy him while he's still here—and be glad you're not a high school kid taking his daughter to the prom.