Jerry Rice has long considered himself the greatest of all time, but Tom Brady’s seventh Super Bowl ring has even him reconsidering.
Rice was asked about the title on 95.7 The Game’s “The Morning Roast” Monday, and abruptly stated that the “GOAT” title doesn’t really matter that much to him anyway.
“When you have seven rings, you’re doing something right,” Rice said, via David Bonilla of 49ers Webzone. “I think with Brady, he still wants to play. He said something about playing until he’s 45. I think he could do it now in this league because players are so much more protected.
“So, yeah, he can have that GOAT status. I never wanted that status anyhow. I just played the game for the love of the game, and I wanted to win for San Francisco, the great fans that we have, and also the organization, Bill Walsh, and my teammates, and all that.”
In the past, Rice has cared enough about the title to get it tattooed on him. With Brady’s seventh ring, many are willing to proclaim him the “GOAT,” and it almost feels like Rice is acting like he doesn’t care just because the sentiment is moving away from him.
Rice and Brady are both icons. No one can take that away from either of them. Brady’s titles, though, will be used by many as all the evidence anyone could need.
Michael Irvin called out Randy Moss this week over Moss’ slight of Jerry Rice.
In a podcast interview with Terrell Owens, Moss shared his rankings of the best receivers ever. Moss embarrassingly had Rice “third or fourth” on the list, behind himself and T.O.
Rice later fired back in a deleted social media post. But now we have another Hall of Fame receiver to weigh in.
“Jerry Rice is the greatest of all time,” Irvin said on 95.7 The Game’s “Damon, Ratto and Kolsky” show, via NBC Sports Bay Area. “If anybody says anything other than that, they need to see some kind of doctor to examine his cranium. Period.”
Irvin noted that Moss and Owens had “fabulous careers,” but he says it’s irrelevant when it comes to Rice.
“You gotta pay homage to what this man has done. … This shouldn’t even be a discussion,” Irvin said. “I got Jerry Rice up there with the greatest player ever, period. I don’t wanna hear wide receiver. I’m talking about period, of all time.
“This discussion should not be a discussion.”
“The Playmaker” is among the best receivers ever too, so when he says there’s no discussion, it carries even more weight.
Of course, Moss will always put himself highly because he has tons of self-confidence. But the Rice ranking may have something to do with what Jerry said during Randy’s career.
Jerry Rice appears to have had his say on the topic of Randy Moss’ controversial wide receiver rankings.
In a recent podcast appearance, Moss rated himself as the best wide receiver of all time, putting Rice “third or fourth.” Those comments went down poorly with many given Rice’s longevity and consistency.
Rice knows that, too, and he made the point in a since-deleted Instagram post illustrating his statistical dominance over Moss.
Don’t count on this swaying Moss. For most others, however, it’s more than enough to settle the debate.
Rice likely didn’t think much of Moss’ rankings when you consider what the 49er great has said about Moss in the past, either.
Randy Moss owes Jerry Rice a big fat apology.
Moss was a guest on Terrell Owens’ “Getcha Popcorn Ready Podcast with Terrell Owens and Matthew Hatchette” podcast. The episode was published in two parts.
Moss was asked to give his rankings of the best wide receivers of all time.
“I’ll put myself first, I’ll put T.O. second. Jerry’s probably third or fourth. I’m talking about dominating the game and changing the game of football. I don’t live on statistics because if you live on statistics and live on championships that’s all political. You’ve seen guys released or cut from a team just by a couple words in the media. You’ve seen guys not given contracts just because of the color of their skin. You’ve got to throw politics out of the game of football, and look at the impact of what each individual was able to make in the game of football,” Moss said.
Now that’s a load of rubbish. Absolute rubbish.
I love what Moss did on the field. He was great. I even wrote that Moss got off to a better start to his career Rice. But Moss didn’t do enough after that, while Rice continued to be great for several more years. T.O. was great on the field too, even if he was a terrible locker room presence. But if anybody alive actually thinks either of those guys rank ahead of Rice, they’re crazy.
Rice led the NFL in receptions twice (Moss never did). Rice led the NFL in receiving yards six times (Moss never did). Rice led the league in receiving touchdowns six times (Moss did five times).
Rice has 50 percent more career receiving yards and receptions and a third more touchdowns than Moss. Rice is the best ever. Period. Joe Montana was right when he said this about the two receivers.
But if you’re wondering why Moss may have ranked things this way, it could be because of some negative history between the men.
Jerry Rice’s son Brenden is turning into quite the player for the Colorado Buffaloes.
Rice made two huge plays on Saturday in spite of his team’s loss to Utah. First, he returned a punt 81 yards for a touchdown late in the second quarter to give Colorado the lead. Early in the second half, he followed it up with a 61-yard touchdown reception on a screen pass to expand that lead.
That combination made Rice the first Colorado player in over 25 years to return a punt for a touchdown and nab a receiving touchdown in the same game.
It was only last month that Rice was catching his first career touchdown. It’s safe to say Jerry’s son has some serious big play ability.
The San Francisco 49ers suffered a surprising loss to the Arizona Cardinals in Week 1, and Jerry Rice isn’t happy.
The Niners legend was one of the few allowed in the stadium to watch Sunday’s game. He told 95.7 The Game on Monday that the Niners’ play didn’t bother him as much as the team’s attitude.
“During the break they were playing music and we had certain guys dancing that hadn’t done anything on the football field. They didn’t have a reception or anything,” Rice said, via Michael Nowels of Bay Area News Group. “That’s not the standard of the San Francisco 49ers. If you want to dance or do whatever, you shouldn’t be wearing that uniform. You gotta be productive, you’ve gotta contribute to the team. And if you can’t do that, go do something else.
“That pissed me off. The Niners are not about that. If you score a touchdown, you can do whatever you want. You can dance, you can break dance, I don’t care. But if you’re dancing and you haven’t made a catch or anything, I have a problem with that.”
Rice didn’t name names, but he didn’t hide his unhappiness. San Francisco’s second half was particularly underwhelming, as George Kittle disappeared from the passing game and Jimmy Garoppolo missed key throws. That had a lot to do with the loss, but Rice knows attitude matters as well.
Some Niners certainly did their job. Rice will simply want to see all of them doing it next week.
Donald Trump made an unexpected decision on Tuesday to pardon former San Francisco 49ers owner Eddie DeBartolo Jr., and Hall of Famer Jerry Rice was one of the first to praise the President.
DeBartolo was the owner of the 49ers during the most successful run the franchise had. The team won five Super Bowls in the 1980s and 1990s under his leadership, but DeBartolo stepped down in 1997 after it was reported that he would be indicted for gambling fraud. DeBartolo pleaded guilty in 1998 to failing to report a felony after he paid former Louisiana Gov. Edwin Edwards $400,000 in exchange for a riverboat gambling license.
Rice was in attendance for the White House announcement on Tuesday along with NFL legends Jim Brown, Ronnie Lott and Charles Haley. The former wide receiver threw his support behind DeBartolo and commended Trump for pardoning the 73-year-old.
DeBartolo avoided prison time but was fined $1 million and suspended for a year by the NFL. He stepped down anyway and handed over control of the 49ers to his sister, Denise DeBartolo York. DeBartolo’s nephew Jed York owns the team now, so it has remained in the same family.
The scandal did not stop DeBartolo from being elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2016. There were also rumors a couple of years back that he could buy another NFL franchise, though that never came to fruition.
Jerry Rice is ready to keep running routes in a full suit, especially at the Super Bowl.
Rice went viral before the NFC Championship after he was seen running routes in a suit during warmups, looking as crisp and athletic as ever. The San Francisco 49ers icon is planning a repeat performance in Miami ahead of Super Bowl LIV, too.
Rice would probably love to play in the game, but he’ll have to settle for watching. There are certainly worse people for the 49ers’ receivers to emulate than the NFL’s all-time leader in receiving yards, and maybe he’ll bring them some more good luck.
It’s safe to say that Jerry Rice is invested in Sunday’s NFC title game.
David Lombardi of The Athletic reported that the San Francisco 49ers great was running routes in a full suit with receivers Deebo Samuel and Kendrick Bourne during warmups for the showdown against the Green Bay Packers.
Jonathan Jones of CBS Sports shared video of Rice’s escapades:
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Rice, the NFL’s all-time leading receiver and a three-time Super Bowl champ with the Niners, is now 57 years old, but those routes still look pretty darn crisp. He has been hyping up his legacy a lot in recent months, and it seems like he can still back up all of that talk as well.
Jerry Rice is widely considered to be the greatest receiver in NFL history, and he played in an era where a quarterback throwing for 4,000 yards or a player racking up 1,000 yards receiving was a much more noteworthy accomplishment than it is now. The rules were enforced much differently in the 1990s than they are today, and Rice is confident his Hall of Fame career would have been even more remarkable if his prime were right now.
In an appearance on Ian Rapoport’s “RapSheet and Friends” podcast this week, Rice talked about the emphasis the NFL places on protecting receivers now. He said he was getting hit far more often during his 20-year career than today’s pass-catchers are.
“Back when I played, if I was on the left side and if the ball was not even coming my way, I was still getting hit, and you just can’t do that today,” Rice said, as transcribed by David Bonilla of 49ers Webzone. “It was more physical downfield against bump-and-run. You can’t push the receiver or put your hands on the receiver after five yards.”
If illegal contact and pass interference were officiated a decade or two ago the way they are now, Rice says he would have had even more “amazing” numbers.
“So the numbers could have been amazing, to be honest with you, because I played in an era where I was still able to put up outstanding numbers, and I think the game was a little bit more — maybe I shouldn’t say a little bit more physical because it’s still physical, but I think back when I played, they could put their hands on you just a little bit more,” he said.
He’s right. Rice is still the NFL’s all-time leading receiver by a mile. The only active player who is remotely close to him is Larry Fitzgerald, and he would need more than 6,000 yards to catch Rice. That is not going to happen. Rice’s 1,848-yard season in 1995 ranks third all-time, which is even more impressive when you consider the way the game has changed.
These are the reasons it is impossible to compare players from different eras, and we all know about the similar debates people love to have with the NBA. What makes Rice’s career so special is that he will probably always be known as the greatest receiver of all time, so you can just imagine how he would have terrorized opposing defenses if cornerbacks were hardly allowed to touch him.