Hall of Fame wide receiver Jerry Rice is taking a swing at professional golf, and insists it's no publicity stunt.
He will make his pro debut Thursday in a Nationwide Tour event. He also will serve as host of the 156-player tournament, with his foundation receiving proceeds.
The 47-year-old Rice will be inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in August. He has been golfing seriously for more than 20 years and has been a regular in pro-ams.
Rice would be eligible for prize money if he makes the 36-hole cut at the Fresh Express Classic at Stonebrae. The Nationwide Tour works under the umbrella of the PGA Tour.