No. 2: Jerry Rice is the greatest player in NFL history
There are going to be those who argue Hall of Famer Jerry Rice isn’t the greatest wide receiver in football history, let alone the greatest player ever.
Alright, you might have a slight argument against Rice not being the greatest football player ever, and you’d probably toss in other all-time greats like running back Jim Brown or defensive end Lawrence Taylor, two who unquestionably changed the game forever.
Yet the stats that originally set both Brown and Taylor apart, like sacks and rushing yards, have since been eclipsed. And while the contexts are vastly different now than when they played, that same context has been afforded to those receivers trying to catch Rice’s records.
No one has come close. Remotely.
In fact, No. 2 to Rice’s 22,895 receiving yards is now-retired wideout Larry Fitzgerald, whose 17,492 yards trail by over 5,400 yards.
As far as all-time touchdowns go, Rice leads NFL history with 208. Cowboys Hall of Fame running back Emmitt Smith, a legend in his own accord, stands at 175.
Seriously, don’t argue this. 49ers fans won’t let you hear the end of it.