Jerry Rice's Atherton Estate Finally Sold

The legendary 49er had his six-bedroom estate on the market for years, but he's finally found a buyer who can complete the pass.

Jerry Rice's Atherton Estate

Jerry Rice photo by: Theo Wargo/Getty Images for ESPN/Getty Images
House photo: courtesy of Pierre Buljan
The luxurious yet livable former home of an NFL legend would be an epic place to throw a Super Bowl party. 

Here is some well-earned advice: If you are going to ask your resident 49ers fan what's so great about Jerry Rice, make yourself a bowl of popcorn first. Because you're going to be listening for a long while.

Rice is considered the greatest wide receiver ever to play football, inducted into the Hall of Fame the first year he was eligible and placed at the #1 spot in the NFL's Top 100 Players in 2011. He was part of the 49ers' legacy years, winning three Super Bowls with Joe Montana and Steve Young in the '80s and '90s. Revered by fans, placed in the same all-time-great pantheon as Jesse Owens, Michael Jordan and Wayne Gretzky, he is known for his speed, his toughness and his superhuman endurance. 

His life since football has been filled with adventure as well: Whether joshing around with Steve Young, being charming (and almost winning!) on Dancing with the Stars or weighing in as an ESPN analyst, he's a steady media presence; he's also been seen cheering on his son, a college football player who recently transferred from UCLA to UNLV. 

Rice bought the lot this home stands on in 1998, tearing down the previous abode and creating his dream home from the ground up over a four-year period. Set far back from the street to provide privacy and security, it's 15,000 square feet of completely livable opulence, if there is such a thing, in sunny Atherton, a tony suburb near Palo Alto about a half hour south of San Francisco. 

Divorced in 2007, Rice first put his estate up for sale in 2007 for nearly $22 million, but had to drop the price several times and battle a deadbeat would-be buyer who flaked on the deal before finally selling, for real, for $9 million earlier this year

So before it vanishes forever, let's take one last running play around the place to admire the scenery. 

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