NFL great Jerry Rice traded in his football helmet for a Popeyes chicken face mask

NFL great Jerry Rice traded in his football helmet for a Popeyes chicken face mask
Source: Getty Images
Source: Getty Images

Since leaving his Hall of Fame football career behind in the mid-2000s, former San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Jerry Rice has made plenty of questionable decisions. 

One was publicly criticizing Colin Kaepernick's national anthem protest by saying — and then retracting — that "all lives matter." But by far his most head-scratching moment came this week when he decided to wear a Popeyes chicken football helmet with a fried-chicken face mask, inviting every tired racist trope his way.


Rice stars in a recent commercial for Popeyes that touts imaginary "Wingovations"; the ad basically gushes about how delicious Popeyes' cajun wings are to eat while watching your favorite plays on Sundays.


Source: YouTube

Needless to say, the spot isn't going over well:

After making a career out of catching passes, Rice is now a pro at catching flak for how out of step he seems to be when it comes to race.

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Jamilah King

Jamilah King is a senior staff writer at Mic. She was previously an editor at Colorlines.

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