The idea of crashing weddings on a regular basis sounds like a blast, but who can really pull that off besides John Beckwith and Jeremy Grey? Apparently, if your name is Jerry Rice you’re just out there living the dream, crashing weddings on the weekends.
Kevin Jones of The Ringer uncovered the truth: The NFL’s GOAT receiver has been crashing weddings for some time.
“I just want to go up to the bride and the groom and congratulate them,” Rice said. “Tell them, ‘Today is your day.’
“For some reason, it always turns out that they are so excited,” Rice said. “They want to take pictures, and I’m just happy to take pictures with them. It always turns out to be bigger than that.”
“For some reason,” eh, Jerry?
Only the NFL’s all-time leader in seemingly every major category for receivers, Rice is a living legend. Not only for his work on the gridiron or for his chops as a dancer, but for his penchant for showing up at weddings and taking them over.
Jones spoke to a few people who’ve had their lives forever changed because Rice crashed their wedding. One guy, Matt, had already rejected the idea of a stranger coming into his wedding when bouncers came up to him a third time with an earnest plea.
“Then the guy at the door comes a third time and says, ‘You’ve got to come out again,’ and I’m saying, ‘Really?’ So I walked out with him and Jerry Rice is standing there saying, ‘Hey, I’m Jerry,’” Matt said.
Matt says Rice took pictures for about 20 minutes and danced to “Blow the Whistle” by Too $hort.
“It was surreal,” Matt said. “You’re thinking, ‘No one is going to believe this.’”
Rice loves the reactions he gets.
“It’s so exciting to see their reaction. It’s usually, ‘Oh my god, I never thought I’d run into Jerry Rice on my wedding day,’” Rice said.
Now here’s the best part. While Rice was crashing the wedding of Jennifer Restrani and Chris Johnson, he got a bit cozy with the mother of the groom.
“The best was when my mother-in-law was kissing Jerry Rice,” Restrani said. “My husband went over to his dad and said, ‘Dad, mom is kissing Jerry Rice,’ and his dad just nodded and said ‘It’s OK.’”
Rice told Jones that he crashes at least one wedding per weekend.
“I’ve had some brides that start crying,” Rice said. “I tell them, ‘You’re not supposed to be crying for me. Your groom is a different story.’”