Based on Jerry Rice’s logic, we might need to put an asterisk next to a few of the 49ersSuper Bowl titles.
In a video segment that was published on ESPN.com on Jan. 17, Rice admitted that he used to put stickum on his gloves during his playing days.
“I know this might be a little illegal, guys, I just put a little spray, a little stickum on them, to make sure that texture is a little sticky,” Rice says in the video that was unearthed by the readers over at ProFootballTalk.com.
Stickum and other adhesives were banned by the NFL in 1981. Rice played in the league from 1985 to 2004. So if Rice used stickum, it wasn’t a “little illegal,” it was all illegal.
Rice’s comment probably wouldn’t have been a big deal if Deflategate never happened, but Deflategate did happen. In the days after the Patriots-Colts AFC title game on Jan. 18, Rice had some strong remarks on the subject of deflating footballs.