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Redskins Sign Son of Hall of Famer Jerry Rice; Jerry Rice, Jr.

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Jerry Rice Jr. #10 of the UNLV Rebels poses with his father, Hall of Fame National Football League player Jerry Rice, during senior night festivities on the field before UNLV's game against the San Diego State Aztecs at Sam Boyd Stadium on November 30, 2013 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

Jerry Rice Jr. #10 of the UNLV Rebels poses with his father, Hall of Fame National Football League player Jerry Rice, during senior night festivities on the field before UNLV’s game against the San Diego State Aztecs at Sam Boyd Stadium on November 30, 2013 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

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WASHINGTON (CBSCD) – The Washington Redskins announced the signing, Thursday, of a wide receiver with a familiar-sounding name — Jerry Rice, Jr., the son of the NFL’s all-time leading receiver.

Rice, Jr., 22 — 5’10” and 185 pounds — actually broke the news himself, on Instagram, writing:

“Just blessed 😊😊😊… This is an amazing day and I’m excited to get back to work to help the redskins get back to the promised land. They gave me an opportunity and best believe they will get 110% out of me! Thank you for everybody who believed in me when it was dark.. This is for y’all #Washington#Redskins #NFL #Signed #Blessed #Cantbelieveit”

In three collegiate seasons split between UCLA (2011-12) and UNLV (2013), Rice, Jr. had 19 receptions for 142 yards and zero touchdowns.

Undrafted out of college, he’s had tryouts with the Baltimore Ravens and San Francisco 49ers, according to the Redskins.

In a corresponding move, the Redskins have released former Georgia corner Blake Sailors, also undrafted in 2014.

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