Bears' Marshall sees 49ers' Rice as model for longevity

Bears' Marshall sees 49ers' Rice as model for longevity
May 23, 2014, 4:15 pm
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Jerry Rice had his breakout year in Year 11. So, I'm in nine, so I think I can do it.
Brandon Marshall

Five-time Pro Bowl wideout Brandon Marshall is now 30-year-old wideout Brandon Marshall, but suggests that the best is yet to come after signing a new four-year deal with the Chicago Bears. 

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The source of his confidence? None other than Pro Football Hall of Fame receiver Jerry Rice. 

At his post-signing presser, Marshall explained how Rice's best years came after he was on what most call, "the wrong side of 30." 

Rice, the ageless wonder, led the NFL in receiving for three-straight seasons at ages 31, 32 and 33, and led in catches at 34. "Jerry Rice had his breakout year in Year 11. So, I'm in nine, so I think I can do it," Marshall said. 

Marshall led the NFL in receiving in 2012 with a whopping 1,508 yards when he was 28 years old -- the apex of his career to date. Since settling in with Chicago and maturing as a person and player, the journeyman (formerly of Denver and Miami) has played at the highest level of his career. 

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