Jerry Rice Jr. reportedly earns tryout with Ravens

Jerry Rice Jr. may be hoping his name opens doors in the NFL. If so, he’s off to a good start.

According to the Baltimore Sun, Rice Jr., the son of NFL Hall of Famer Jerry Rice, has been invited to try out at the Ravens’ rookie minicamp that starts Friday.

A former walk-on at UCLA, Rice Jr. spent the 2013 season at UNLV, catching 11 passes for 86 yards. His first — and only — collegiate touchdown came in January’s Heart of Dallas Bowl against North Texas.

At 5-foot-11, 185 pounds, Rice Jr. doesn’t have the speed or athleticism that his father once possessed — he ran the 40-yard dash in 4.68 seconds and had a 33-inch vertical leap at UCLA’s Pro Day — but Baltimore will nonetheless give him a thorough look-see.

After going undrafted, that’s really all Rice Jr. can ask for.

(Photo credit: Associated Press)

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