Throwing rice at weddings is a tradition that dates back centuries.
Jerry Rice crashing weddings is an entirely new tradition.
The NFL legend revealed to The Ringer that he usually channels his inner Vince Vaughn at least once per weekend to play the role of wedding crasher in and around the Bay Area in California in which he resides.
“I’ve done it so many times,” Rice said before adding he believes he crashed his first wedding sometime after he retired from professional football a decade ago. “It’s so exciting to see their reaction. It’s usually, ‘Oh my god, I never thought I’d run into Jerry Rice on my wedding day.’”
According to the article, Rice often crashes weddings at country clubs after he plays a round of golf. Or, if he’s on the road and he spots a wedding, he’ll pop in just for the heck of it.
“It only takes one person in the room who recognizes me for everything to click,” Rice said. “I’m a little hesitant because I never know what’s going to happen when I walk into the wedding. But usually there’s one person who says, ‘Oh my god,’ and I come over and start taking pictures.”
Not only is Rice well known for being the consensus greatest receiver in the history of gridiron football, but he also has a mainstream following stemming from his appearance on the popular reality TV series Dancing with the Stars. That is to say the former 49er and Raider knows how to bust a move on the dance floor.
“I don’t mind getting out there and cutting a rug and having fun. It’s my nature,” Rice added. “I love people, and I want everything to be natural. I want to give people a memory.”