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Tom Brady to Bucs reminds of Bay Area legends who swapped jerseys late

Tom Brady to Bucs reminds of Bay Area legends who swapped jerseys late

For two decades, Tom Brady has put on a New England Patriots uniform and come running out of the tunnel at either Gillette Stadium or the old Foxboro Stadium. But that won't be the case in 2020. 

Brady announced Tuesday that he would not be returning to the Patriots and reportedly plans to sign a deal with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. When news of TB12 to TB broke, social media went crazy with the thought of seeing Brady wearing ... well, whatever jersey the Bucs plan to wear. 

No creamsicle photoshop? Come on, guys. 

Brady, of course, is just the latest sports legend to don a new jersey at the tail end of his career. Michael Jordan, of course, played for the Washington Wizards. Johnny Unitas played for the San Diego Chargers and so forth. 

The Bay Area has seen a number of its legends wear new uniforms. From Willie Mays playing for the New York Mets to Tim Lincecum the ... Los Angeles Angel? No, that one wasn't a fever dream. Let's run through a few of the times Bay Area legends wore new uniforms and made the region pass out or throw up. 

In May of 1972, with the GIants bleeding money, then owner Horace Stoneham traded The Say Hey Kid to the Mets, who guaranteed Mays a pension and coaching positions post-retirement. 

Yeah, that seems wrong. 

Before Brady was (arguably) the GOAT, Joe Montana held the title after winning four Super Bowl titles with the 49ers. But he finished his career not in the Bay Area, but rather playing at the House of Loud known as Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City for the Chiefs. 

Another GOAT who roamed Candlestick winning titles for the Red and Gold also ended his career in different colors. After 16 seasons with the 49ers, Jerry Rice spent four years with the Raiders and one with the Seahawks. 

Raiders legend Tim Brown finished his career with the Buccaneers after 16 seasons in silver and black. Here he is with Jerry Rice the Raider. 

Back on the diamond, the Giants had three fan favorites go elsewhere and it still doesn't feel right. 

Juan Marichal played one season for both the Boston Red Sox and Los Angeles Dodgers to end his career. 

Speaking of Giants turned Dodgers, Brian Wilson's LA jersey is one you'll spot every year at Coachella. 

Oof. 

While both those are odd, nothing compares to the sight of Lincecum as an LA Angel.

Almost makes your skin crawl, doesn't it?

Let's not forget Ronnie Lott once played for the Jets. 

Ken Stabler will forever be a Raiders legend, but The Snake's twilight was spent in Houston with the Oilers and New Orleans Saints. 

Rick Barry was a Rocket at one point in time, too. 

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I did this exercise to say one thing: I'll absolutely be purchasing a Tom Brady retro Bucs jersey. 

How could you not? It'll be all the rage at Sasquatch 2021. 

Watch 49ers' George Kittle, Jerry Rice help Rich Eisen in 40-yard dash

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Watch 49ers' George Kittle, Jerry Rice help Rich Eisen in 40-yard dash

George Kittle’s love affair with wrestling never has been in question.

Whether he’s crushing beers with 49ers teammate and quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo or being starstruck by meeting Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson at Super Bowl LIV earlier this month, the tight end has no qualms about professing his love for the sport.

At this year’s NFL scouting combine, he evoked the spirit of a fight promoter in helping NFL Media analyst Rich Eisen with his #RunRichRun campaign to raise money for St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital.

Eisen began his tradition of running the 40-yard dash in a full suit back in 2005.

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Kittle even got some assistance from former 49ers wideout Jerry Rice, who helped Eisen achieve proper form at the start of his 40-yard dash attempt.

The heartwarming event wrapped up with the group presenting a check for $10,000 to the hospital, courtesy of Kittle and his wife Claire.

The All-Pro seems to be using his offseason to do some good in the world, and clearly is having a heck of a time doing it.

Jerry Rice rips refs for calls against 49ers in Super Bowl loss to Chiefs

Jerry Rice rips refs for calls against 49ers in Super Bowl loss to Chiefs

Add Hall of Famer Jerry Rice to the long list of 49ers fans criticizing the officials from their Super Bowl LIV loss to the Kansas City Chiefs. 

Rice let his feelings be known Wednesday morning on 95.7 The Game's "Joe, Lo and Dibs" show.

"We had some bad calls too against us," Rice said. "The one right with (George) Kittle right before halftime. I'm like, 'Are you serious? Come on!' I understand if you really extend your arm but let the players play." 

Kittle was flagged for a controversial offensive pass interference at the end of the first half, with the score tied 10-10, that would have put San Francisco in scoring position. The play would have resulted in 42 yards and put the 49ers at Kansas City's 13-yard line with 14 seconds left. 

“Ref made the call, I gotta live with it,” Kittle told reporters following the loss

The crucial penalty wasn't the only call -- or missed call -- Rice had issues with, too. 

[RELATED: How 49ers got short end of officiating stick in Super Bowl]

"The one with, I think, (Travis) Kelce; that interference. Then the one that, I guess, was a touchdown with the guy (Damien Williams). I felt he stepped out of bounds before he stuck the ball over the pylon," Rice said. "You can't make excuses or anything like that. We had a chance. We lost the game probably in the last five minutes. We were right in the ball game.

"It was devastating for me. It's something that I can't get over right now. It's going to take a while, and I'm hoping it's the same way for the players."

Rice was a full-on 49ers fan Sunday at Hard Rock Stadium. And though he is preaching not to make excuses, his fandom is showing with ... well, excuses.