Originally Posted by Double Barrel
I have to wonder if Jerry Rice would have been JERRY RICE G.O.A.T. if he didn't have two HoF QBs throwing the ball to him for the majority of his career.
Sure, the dude would have been elite on any team. But take that talent and put it on a team with Joe Montana and Steve Young, and it takes it out of this world.
Think if AJ had Manning or Brady throwing the ball to him for the past 10 years. How many Super Bowl rings and mentions of first ballot HoF would he have now?
He's that kind of special talent. Unfortunately, he was the only special talent this franchise had for too many years of his career.
Jerry Rice still had a great season or two when he went over to the Raiders and helped a guy who had never been an elite QB in his career to get an MVP award in Gannon. Rice would have put up huge numbers no matter where he was. He was the ultimate professional for his era and didn't need all of the extra physical attributes that some guys have to dominate over everyone else. He used his skill and his intelligence. That's what made Rice so freaking great. Sure, his numbers wouldn't have been quite as good with certain QB's but we could say that about all types of situations. Rice didn't just put up great numbers in his those situations. He put up worldly numbers in those situations. The record for TD's in a season that Moss just broke a few years ago was done by Rice in like 12 games or something like that. There still hasn't been a receiver that has touched Jerry Rice yet. The closest from a domination standpoint I'd say would be Calvin Johnson. He is starting to do some worldly types of things as well now.