Originally Posted by Mr teX
Right, but until Jerry came along, he'd never been 1st team all pro. There's a reason Jerry is the undisputed GOAT at his position & there's a reason why cases can be made for several other guys as being better than Montana. Jerry was consistently great for like 17 years & did it with the most variability. 3 different coaches, 3 different qb's pretty much the same results across the board. Never even came close to getting benched for poor play...unlike Montana.
Gannon began posting good numbers........ right about the time Gruden came in...but it wasn't until Rice got there that he got to MVP level...It's also not a coincidence that that was Gannon's best season as a pro. And remember we're talking about a guy well on the backside of his career...Rice was like 40 when he came to the raiders and was still a stud.
Im not saying that Montana wouldn't have still had a great career without Rice, but the case for him as the GOAT begins & ends with SB's. And a large part of the reason he's even in the discussion as the goat qb is b/c of the 2 SB's he won with Rice later in his career.
Montana won TWO Super Bowls without Jerry Rice. Are there any two-time Super Bowl QBs that aren't in the HoF? And he wasn't first team? LOL
OK, we're done here. I think Jerry Rice is clearly one of thegreatest five players to ever play the game, but you sound like you're bending over backward to play down Montana's greatness.
And I don't even like the 49ers.