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Jerry Rice Successfully Masquerades as Lyft Driver

The Hall of Famer's ruse went deep, telling one rider, "I really don't even like football."

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    Lyft used hidden cameras to capture reactions when famed Niners legend Jerry Rice went undercover as a driver. Stephanie Chuang reports. (Published Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2016)

    A handful of lucky Lyft riders got a huge surprise in the Bay Area recently.

    The rideshare service used hidden cameras to capture reactions when Hall of Famer and 49ers legend Jerry Rice went undercover as a driver.

    Introducing himself as simply J, Rice didn't let on to his riders who he was, but he still managed to charm them before revealing his true identity.

    In an interview Wednesday with NBC Bay Area, the "greatest wide receiver of all time" said: "I was just curious to see if a hat and pair of shades and people wouldn’t recognize me."

    He recounted one ride with a customer, where he joked around and pretended he was simply an actor.

    "I think one guy – he was in the car with me he – said something about his favorite team is the San Francisco 49ers," Rice said, "and I looked at him and said,' You know, I really don't even like football.' "

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