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Friday, November 23, 2012
Jerry Rice, Steve Young talk about TV spot

By Lynn Hoppes



San Francisco 49ers legends Jerry Rice and Steve Young are back together again, working with Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford, in the latest campaign for clothing company Van Heusen and the "Funny or Die" website.

The football players try to help an everyday guy dress better.

Rice, who won three Super Bowl rings with the 49ers, has never had a problem dressing well.

"I always took pride in what I was wearing off the field, the same way with how professional I wanted my uniform to look on the field," said Rice, who was inducted to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2010. "Now, Steve? That is a different story. He used to roll out of bed, wouldn't comb his hair and come in to work in sweats. Now on 'Monday Night Football,' he looks like a model."

Young, who played 13 seasons with the 49ers and also has three Super Bowl rings, doesn't disagree.

"I was a slob. I wore sweats and a porkchop in my hair," said Young, who made the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2005. "I got married about 12 years ago and Barbara and Van Heusen forced me to tighten it up."

Young, who has been working for ESPN for several years, said he's still surprised when fans come up to him after working "Monday Night Football" and compliment him on his wardrobe.

"This past Monday, I had 15 people come up to me and say, 'Nice suit!' " Young said. "I'm not used to this."

Rice believes he deserves some of the credit, too: "Steve's wife would say, 'Just watch Jerry. Look at the way he puts combinations together!' "