Originally posted by 4949:
The problem is if TO had Joe Montana or Steve Young he would have still ended up at odds with them and wanted out becuase he can't get along with any QB for too long.
TO's best numbers of his career were with Jeff Garica not McNabb or Romo and look at how he treated Jeff.
He wouldn't have been at odds with Montana or Young. He hated on Garcia, McNabb, or Romo because he didn't respect them.
When TO was in SF and had caught "The Catch 2," Young and Rice were well-established. There was great leadership on the team with these two. These two were Super Bowl winners and some of the greatest players to ever play.
Later, when after Young retired and Rice left, TO was THE GUY. All the pressure was on him. And he evolved into the moron we all love to hate. He didn't respect Garcia OR Mariucci.
Same thing in Philadelphia... He didn't respect McNabb OR Reid... In Dallas, he didn't respect Romo OR Phillips.
But as for being better than Jerry Rice? I think he could have... so could Randy Moss... so could Calvin Johnson... so could Andre Johnson... so could Larry Fitzgerald... a lot of players COULD be better than Jerry Rice. But that doesn't mean that they ARE better than Jerry Rice.
The three aspects of Jerry Rice that make him untouchable:
- He was a complete player.
- He had longevity almost comparable to Brett Favre.
- He showed up in big games.