Jerry Rice shared a story about his work ethic -- and it's no wonder he's the GOAT

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NFL Hall of Famer Jerry Rice stopped by AOL HQ to hang out this week, and the legend discussed his storied career, training camp fights, Peyton and Eli Manning and much more.

The most intriguing anecdote, though, had to be about how he got his work ethic, a long story that includes him chasing after horses and catching bricks in place of footballs. It sounds like something out of 'Rocky', really.

"I wouldn't say that," Rice said with a smile. "But there were horses you had to catch and sometimes it would take 45 minutes to an hour to run 'em down and during the summer my father would take me to work with him. He was a brick mason. My brother and I, we had developed this technique where you throw the bricks up, they were separated, and I was snatching them in the air. So, the myth about me learning to catch footballs from catching bricks, that's where it came from."

Rice finished his storied career as the all-time leader in most major statistical categories for wide receivers -- including receptions, touchdown receptions, and yards. He also was selected to the Pro Bowl 13 times and named All-Pro 12 times in his 20 NFL seasons. He won three Super Bowl rings playing for the San Francisco 49ers.

Despite those accolades, he refuses to admit that he's the best of all time.

"I wouldn't say that I'm the best, but to be compared to Jim Brown and be put in that league, that's something that's very unique, but you'll never hear me say 'I'm the greatest.'"

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Jerry Rice shared a story about his work ethic -- and it's no wonder he's the GOAT
San Francisco 49ers Hall of Famer Jerry Rice runs onto the field during introductions to the "Legends of Candlestick" flag football game Saturday, July 12, 2014, in San Francisco. The game between former San Francisco 49er greats and a team of former NFL stars captained by Hall of Famer Dan Marino is the final one to be played at Candlestick Park. The park, which opened in 1960 and was also the home of the San Francisco Giants baseball team until 1999, is slated for demolition in the next year. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)
Fans hold up signs for Hall of Famer and former San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Jerry Rice during a ceremony to retire his jersey number during halftime of an NFL football game between the 49ers and the New Orleans Saints in San Francisco, Monday, Sept. 20, 2010. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)
Hall of Famer and former San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Jerry Rice, right, points during a ceremony to retire his jersey number during halftime of an NFL football game between the 49ers and the New Orleans Saints in San Francisco, Monday, Sept. 20, 2010. Also pictured are former 49ers coach Steve Mariucci, center left, and former 49ers owner Eddie DeBartolo, center right. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)
Hall of Famer and former San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Jerry Rice speaks during a ceremony to retire his jersey number during halftime of an NFL football game between the 49ers and the New Orleans Saints in San Francisco, Monday, Sept. 20, 2010. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)
Former San Francisco 49ers great Jerry Rice, right, poses with former 49ers owner Eddie DeBartolo Jr. after Rice's enshrinement in the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio Saturday, Aug. 7, 2010. (AP Photo/Mark Duncan)
Wide receiver Jerry Rice smiles and answers questions after signing a one-day contract with the San Francisco 49ers during a press conference at the 49ers football headquarters in Santa Clara, Calif., Thursday Aug. 24, 2006. The 49ers will hold an official retirement ceremony for Rice at a game in November. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)
San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Jerry Rice waves to the crowd as he is carried by teammates after the 49ers' 17-0 win over the Chicago Bears, Sunday, Dec. 17, 2000, in San Francisco. The game could be Rice's last home game as a 49ers player. (AP Photo/ Paul Sakuma)
San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Jerry Rice misses a pass in front of Chicago Bears cornerback Thomas Smith in the secvond half Sunday, Dec. 17, 2000, in San Francisco. This game could be Rice's last home game with the 49ers. (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma)
San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Jerry Rice celebrates a first-quarter touchdown reception against the Arizona Cardinals, Sunday, Oct. 1, 2000, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Bob Galbraith)
San Francisco 49ers receiver Jerry Rice, top, is taken down by St. Louis Rams' Dexter McCleon, right, Sunday, Sept. 17, 2000, during the first quarter in St. Louis. (AP Photo/L.G. Patterson)
San Francisco 49ers' receiver Jerry Rice takes a moment on the sideline during the final minutes of the 49ers' 34-29 loss to the Atlanta Falcons on Monday, Jan. 3, 2000, in Atlanta. Rice, in what may have been his final game with the 49ers, finished with six receptions for 143 yards. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)
San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Jerry Rice, left, beats Atlanta Falcons defenders Juran Bolden, center, and Ronnie Bradford for a 26-yard touchdown reception from quarterback Steve Young during the second quarter Sunday, Sept. 27, 1998, in San Francisco. The 49ers won 31-20. (AP Photo/Bob Galbraith)
Atlanta Falcons Ray Buchanan (34) can't keep a Steve Young pass out of the hands of San Francisco 49ers Jerry Rice (80) during second half play in Atlanta Sunday, Nov. 15, 1998. The catch was called back on a penalty. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)
San Francisco 49erS receiver Jerry Rice (80) walks off the field following their 20-18 loss to the Atlanta Falcons in the divisional playoffs at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta on Saturday, Jan. 9, 1999. Rice was more interested in looking ahead than dwelling on his own roller-coaster year and the team's season-ending defeat. (AP Photo/Ed Reinke)
San Francisco 49ers Jerry Rice (80) and teammate Terrell Owens (81) shake hands prior to game against the Dever Broncos on Monday, Dec. 15, 1997 at 3Com Park in San Francisco. After a grueling rehabilitation, in which he missed 13 games, the NFL career leader in touchdowns, receptions and receiving yardage was set to make his comeback Monday night.(AP Photo/Ben Margot)
San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Jerry Rice catches the ball during practice before the game against the Denver Broncos on Monday, Dec. 15, 1997 at 3Com Park in San Francisco. After a grueling rehabilitation, in which he missed 13 games, the NFL career leader in touchdowns, receptions and receiving yardage was set to make his comeback Monday night.(AP Photo/Ben Margot)
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