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Byline: Steve Corkran
Barry Bonds hits 73 home runs in the season in which he turned 37. Pitchers Roger Clemens and Randy Johnson win Cy Young Awards in their late 30s. Michael Jordan returns to the NBA at 38 and plays at a high level.
Should we be at all surprised, then, that Raiders wide receiver Jerry Rice is on pace for a 79-catch, 1,061-yard, 11-touchdown season at 39? Maybe not anyone outside the 49ers organization. This despite Rice's being in the midst of a season unprecedented for a receiver.
"Jerry Rice is still a very, very dangerous football player," Raiders coach Jon Gruden said. "This is a great receiver, as good a competitor as you'll …