Jerry Rice Speaks Out About His Success With Chiropractic

One of the greatest wide receivers in National Football League history is now telling how he managed to withstand all those truly "vicious" hits he took.
"Chiropractic care was key to keeping me in the game," says Jerry Rice, who helped the San Francisco 49ers win three Super Bowl Championships between 1985 and 2000.

Noting for anyone who hadn't already guessed that football is a very rough and vigorous sport, Rice explains that many of the pass patterns in a game—either long or short—required a maximum effort. "I took vicious hits from players nearly twice my size," he recalls. "Thankfully, I had the durability to withstand those tackles, or I would never have succeeded or lasted as long as I did."

All but one of the 32 teams in the National Football League (NFL) utilize the services of a chiropractor as part of the triage in managing and preventing injuries. Rice first became a believer in chiropractic care right before the 49ers were to play the Bengals in Super Bowl XXIII. A couple of key players were injured, and he credits a chiropractor for turning things around.

"Ever since then, I've had the benefit of chiropractic care," says Rice, a 13-time Pro Bowl football player, with 38 career records, who retired from the NFL in 2005 after one brief season with the Seattle Seahawks.

Which leads us to his second career on the hit TV show "Dancing with the Stars."

"'Dancing with the Stars' was every bit as exhausting and challenging—though not nearly as brutal—as football," he says. "It required many hours of practice. I had aches and pains that I never had before. Again, chiropractic care made the difference—and kept me dancing and in the competition."

Rice says most people aren't aware of the benefits of chiropractic care—which he hopes to change.

"The game of life requires the edge that chiropractic care provides," says Rice.

Rice is among many top performing athletes that cite chiropractic care as essential to their success. Other "Greatest of All Time" sports athletes that spread the word and endorse chiropractic include Tiger Woods, Emmit Smith, Joe Montana, Michel Jordan, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Evander Holyfield and Lance Armstrong.

A few notable quotes from these great athletes that rely on chiropractic care include:

Arnold Schwarzenegger says...

"Bodybuilders and fitness people have been using chiropractic very extensively in order to stay healthy and fit. I found it was better to go to a chiropractor before you get injured. We are a perfect team- the world of fitness and the world of chiropractors."

Evander Holyfield says...

"I have to have an adjustment before I go into the ring. I do believe in chiropractic. I found that going to a chiropractor three times a week helps my performance. The majority of boxers go to get that edge."

Joe Montana says...

"I've been seeing a chiropractor and he's really been helping me out a lot. Chiropractic's been a big part of my game."

Emmit Smith - "I go see Dr. Bill (chiropractor) when I get bent out of shape on Sundays. Playing in a football game is like being in 30-40 car accidents."

Tiger Woods says...

"Being a Chiropractic patient has really helped me immensely...lifting weights and seeing a Chiropractor on a regular basis has made me a better golfer. I've been going to Chiropractors for as long as I can remember. It's as important to my training as practicing my swing."