No. 1: Wide Receiver Jerry Rice Goes Off for 49ers in 1995
One could make the argument Jerry Rice’s 1995 campaign was the best by a wide receiver in NFL history.
Even if it wasn’t, Rice’s efforts that year stand alone atop the list of best single seasons by a 49ers player ever.
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It’s not hard to understand why, especially considering Rice’s name could be listed more than just a handful of times if the rules allowed. But what set 1995 apart from the rest of his better-than-legendary career was the combination of numbers he produced:
- Receptions: 122 (tied for ninth most in NFL history)
- Receiving yards: 1,848 (tied for third most in NFL history)
- Touchdowns: 15 (tied for third most in Rice’s career)
San Francisco was fresh off its Super Bowl win the previous season, yet Rice showed zero signs of being affected by the extra play, wear and tear. If anything, the Hall of Famer ramped up his efforts and put forth one of the most spectacular efforts by a single player in league history.
The rest of Rice’s accolades need no introduction.
But it’s pretty cool to admit Rice has just earned yet another award: Niner Noise’s best single-season performer in franchise history.