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Jerry Rice backtracks: 'Never used Stickum'

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Jerry Rice backtracks: 'Never used Stickum'

Jerry Rice marveled us all with his catches en route to arguably the best overall career of any player in NFL history.

But the Pro Football Hall of Fame wideout admitted in Feb. 2015 to using an illegal substance when he played called "Stickum," which raised some eyebrows. 

[RELATED: Ex-49ers WR Rice admits to using illegal stickum on gloves]

"I know this might be a little illegal, guys, but you put a little spray, a little stickum on [gloves], to make sure that texture is a little sticky," Rice said in an ESPN feature on the evolution of gloves.

On Thursday, while Tweeting during the primetime game between the Falcons and Saints, Rice backtracked, saying he never used the substance.

 

 

Stickum is an adhesive that is available in spray and paste, and when applied to gloves, could be a tremendous aid in gripping the football.

The substance was banned by the NFL in 1981, four years before Rice was drafted by the 49ers.

NFL rumors: Odell Beckham Jr. doesn't plan to request trade from Browns

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NFL rumors: Odell Beckham Jr. doesn't plan to request trade from Browns

Odell Beckham Jr.'s first season with the Cleveland Browns has been a rocky roller coaster, to say the least. But the star receiver reportedly hasn't given up hope quite yet. 

CBS Sports' Jason La Canfora reported Sunday that the three-time Pro Bowl receiver doesn't plan to request a trade this offseason, despite multiple rumors that he wants to find another new home. 

Entering Sunday, Beckham, who turned 27 years old in November, has 59 receptions for 844 yards and only two touchdowns. He's averaging a career-low 64.9 receiving yards per game and his 4.5 receptions per game nearly are two fewer than his career-low. 

The 49ers pursued a trade for OBJ this past offseason, and Yahoo's Charles Robinson reported Monday that Beckham coveted a move to the 49ers or Los Angeles Rams if he were to be traded by the New York Giants. 

[RELATED: Report: 49ers' Kittle in line to reset tight end contract market]

Beckham fits the bill as the perfect game-changing receiver the 49ers desperately want for quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo, but it wouldn't be easy to acquire him. They first have to take care of their own situations with tight end George Kittle, as well as defensive linemen DeForest Buckner and Arik Armstead

If Beckham doesn't request a trade, that makes the 49ers' slim chances of adding the star even smaller. 

49ers inactives: Richard Sherman, Dee Ford officially out vs. Falcons

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49ers inactives: Richard Sherman, Dee Ford officially out vs. Falcons

There were no surprises on the 49ers' inactive list for Sunday's game against the Atlanta Falcons, but San Francisco's tall task on defense is now official. 

Cornerback Richard Sherman, safety Jacquiski Tartt and edge rusher Dee Ford are among the players who will not play Sunday at Levi's Stadium.

Coach Kyle Shanahan ruled out each of the inactive defensive players Friday, so the 49ers are prepared for their absences against the Falcons. Still, Sherman, Tartt and Williams have each played on at least 62 percent of the defensive snaps, practically giving the 49ers' defensive backfield an entirely new look. 

[RELATED: Kittle reportedly in line to reset tight end contract market]

Here are the Falcons' inactives.

San Francisco can clinch a playoff spot without those aforementioned regulars by beating Atlanta on Sunday. It'll just have to look a bit different than the first 13 games of the season.