Rice's No. 5 high school football jersey was retired in New Rochelle, N.Y., and will hang inside the school's gym. According to the Journal News, Rice cried when he explained that he chose that number to honor his cousin, Myshaun Rice-Nichols, who wore it as a basketball player before he was a victim in a fatal car accident in 1998.
“It might be the best honor that I’ve ever had in my life," Rice said.
It will probably be a long time before Rice has to call it quits from the NFL, but it will be a challenging road for him to catch Tomlinson. Rice, 25, would have to average 1,164 yards rushing over the next eight seasons to reach Tomlinson, whose total ranks fifth all-time in the NFL.
In his first four NFL seasons, Rice has produced 6,612 total yards and 29 touchdowns. That doesn't come close to Tomlinson's totals in his first four years of 7,921 yards and 60 touchdowns.