*Childhood obesity has become a growing concern among celebrities in the past few years, especially with the velocity of excitement first lady Michelle Obama has demonstrated since stepping into the White House.
Former NFL star, Jerry Rice, is joining the club of celebrities fighting the childhood death sentence (obesity) with a new campaign, The 60 Million Minutes Challenge.
He’s asking children of all ages to pledge 60 minutes a day to get active as part of the NFL’s PLAY 60 program, which was launched Monday.
“To reverse the trend of childhood obesity, we need to continue to educate kids and parents about the importance of 60 minutes of daily activity,” Rice said. “That’s what’s great about Kinect for Xbox 360. It gets kids off the couch and gets their whole body in the game.
“Being a healthy kid can lead to being a healthy adult.”
Children who join the program will also have the chance to receive gift cards and personalized autographs.
*Former NFL wide receiver Jerry Rice will make his professional golf debut at a Nationwide Tour event in California today, turning a lifelong passion into reality.
“This is an opportunity of a lifetime here,” Rice told the Associated Press. “You know I’m a competitor. I don’t want to go out there and have those players who are playing on the Nationwide Tour think this is a publicity stunt for attention. It’s not. … I have the opportunity to go out and prove to everybody I can play golf.”
Rice, 47, said he used to wake up at 4 a.m. so he could get to the driving range and hit golf balls before he was due at work with the San Francisco 49ers for 8:30 a.m. meetings. He’d return to the range after football practice.
“I got addicted to the game. I have so much passion for it,” said Rice, who has been golfing for more than 20 years and has been a regular in pro-ams. His best round is 68.
Rice would be eligible for prize money if he makes the 36-hole cut at the Fresh Express Classic at 7,188-yard, par-71 TPC Stonebrae. The Nationwide Tour works under the umbrella of the PGA Tour.
“These guys are really good golfers,” Rice said. “They are one step below the PGA and a lot of these guys are going to go on and be part of the PGA. To line up against these guys, I’m honored. … I’d love to make this cut in my debut.”
Rice, who will enter the Pro Football Hall of Fame in August, will also serve as host of today’s 156-player tournament, with his foundation receiving proceeds.
NFL greats Jerry Rice (r) & Emmitt Smith congradulate each other
*Jerry Rice and Emmitt Smith will now be the NFL’s Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio.
The NFL’s career receiving and rushing leaders were joined in the Hall by John Randle, Russ Grimm, Rickey Jackson, Floyd Little and Dick LeBeau. Little and LeBeau were elected as senior committee nominees.
“I am just honored … to stand up there with greatness,” Rice added before breaking down in tears.
Rice and Smith both made it in their first year of eligibility. They were elected a day before the Super Bowl, a game they each won three times.
“This is almost perfect,” Smith said. “I don’t think even Steven Spielberg could have written a script this nice.”