Originally posted by wysiwyg:
Originally posted by GNielsen:
It's just hard for me to understand how anyone "loved T.O. when he was with the Niners." Because, to me, he was a big complaining, whining a-hole. Can you imagine feeling slighted because Jerry Rice is getting all the press. Just shut the hell up and be happy you're on the same team as Jerry Rice. And can you imagine publicly embarrassing your own quarterback? Dude was horrible. Great athlete. Good (not great) receiver. Horrible person. Pathetic person.
And, now on top of all that, he's turned himself into a reality TV joke. I feel uncomfortable just watching or listening to him.
Too Bad T.O. could not really be mentored by Jerry.
We drafted Stokes in '95
TO in '96
Jerry tore his ACL (courtesy of that cheap shot by loud mouth Sapp) in '97
The Catch II was in '98
Jerry was hearing footsteps and never really taught TO how to be a NINER. To act with class. Walsh was out of the Org at that time.
This was Policy and Clark.
By the time of Jerry's last game, where TO caught 20 passes, he was considered washed up -- not.
T.O.'s ego was allowed to grow (IMHO) because of Mooch.
Harbs would have never let TO do what he did. Randy Moss toed the line. Jacobs didn't, see ya.
Walsh, and even Seifert, would have never let TO do the antics he did.
There was a vacuum during those years.
There is no more.
In '99 I went to the 49ers Luncheon at the Nikko Hotel.
I rode the escalator with TO (after the luncheon).
I was talking up how great he was (like most star struck fans would be lol).
The "yes maam", "no sir" from his rookie year were gone. He was very aloof even then. With people that paid a lot of money per plate to be there.
Jerry always worked as hard as he did when his father was throwing bricks to him. He ran the hill, because he was insecure about not being great.
Roger taught him that. TO was a phenomenal physical specimen, but I don't think he put the kind of time in that, say, VD has.
VD had stone hands but has hit the juggs machine with a vengeance over the years. He is more like Jerry than TO ever was. He cares about his craft
and busts his arse on his weaknesses.
VD is a great niner. TO could have been.