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September 16, 2010
Niners to retire No. 80 Monday night

No 49er has worn No. 80 (in a game)* since Jerry Rice left the team in 2000. Now the 49ers will make it official. The team will retire Rice's former jersey number before Monday night's game against the Saints. No. 80 becomes the 11th 12th jersey retired by the team. During pregame ceremonies, Rice also will be given his Pro Football Hall of Fame ring. He will be an honorary team captain for the game.

PHOTO GALLERY: Jerry Rice enters Hall of Fame

Rice was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame last month. He will go into the team's hall of fame, the Edward J. DeBartolo, Sr. 49ers Hall of Fame, during a ceremony Saturday at the Palace Hotel in San Francisco.

49ers retired numbers

12 - John Brodie
8 - Steve Young
16 - Joe Montana
34 - Joe Perry
37 - Jimmy Johnson
39 - Hugh McElhenny
42 - Ronnie Lott
70 - Charlie Krueger
73 - Leo Nomellini
79 - Bob St. Clair
80 - Jerry Rice
87 - Dwight Clark

* Isaac Bruce wore No. 80, his number with the Rams, during 49ers practices in his two seasons with the team. According to a team spokesman at the time, Bruce said it helped him recognize himself during film review of practices. That is not a joke.

-- Matt Barrows


Matt was born in Blacksburg, Va., and attended the University of Virginia. He graduated in 1995, went to Northwestern for a journalism degree a year later, and got his first job at a South Carolina daily in 1997. He joined The Bee as a Metro reporter in 1999 and started covering the 49ers in 2003. His favorite player of all time is Darrell Green.


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