Rice sees wide world of sports

Updated: February 27, 2007, 11:59 PM ET
By George J. Tanber | Special to ESPN.com

As U.S. secretary of state, Condoleezza Rice is astute on the subject of international affairs.

She could ace an aptitude test on football, as well.

When Rice was born, a football was waiting for her in her crib, courtesy of her father, John Rice, then a high school coach and athletic director in Birmingham, Ala.

"He had the football; he got a girl," she said, laughing at the recollection.

Rice, an only child, quickly showed her father she shared his passion for the game. ...

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