Three Sons of NFL Greats Reportedly Learn Fates on Draft's Last Day

Sept. 2, 2023 - HATTIESBURG, MS. - Southern Miss Golden Eagles running back Frank Gore Jr. (3) runs.
Sept. 2, 2023 - HATTIESBURG, MS. - Southern Miss Golden Eagles running back Frank Gore Jr. (3) runs. / Chuck Cook / USA TODAY NETWORK

On the last day of the NFL draft, three legendary football families have reportedly added new members to the league.

The first came Saturday during the waning rounds of the draft. In the seventh round, the Los Angeles Chargers took USC wide receiver Brenden Rice with the 225th pick—the son of Hall of Fame former San Francisco 49ers, Oakland Raiders and Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Jerry Rice. Rice caught 45 passes for 791 yards in 12 games with the Trojans this season.

Later, two more sons of NFL greats reportedly inked contracts as undrafted free agents.

First, per Cameron Wolfe of NFL Network, Southern Miss running back Frank Gore Jr. agreed to a contract with the Buffalo Bills. Gore's father, Frank Gore, played for the Bills briefly in 2019.

Then, Missouri State wide receiver Terique Owens agreed to a deal with the 49ers. Owens's father, Hall of Fame wide receiver Terrell Owens, played for the 49ers from 1996 to 2003.


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