Michael Irvin has his mind set on who the greatest wide receiver of all time is, and isn’t trying to hear any arguments otherwise.
During an appearance on 95.7 The Game’s “Damon, Ratto and Kolsky Show,” the former Dallas Cowboys great made his stance clear on the debate. “Jerry Rice is the greatest of all time,” Irvin said. “If anybody says anything other than that, they need to see some kind of doctor to examine his cranium. Period.”
Not only does Irvin consider Rice the greatest WR of all time, but he also calls him the greatest overall player the NFL has ever seen.
“You gotta pay homage to what this man has done. This shouldn’t even be a discussion,” Irvin said, according to NBC Sports. “I got Jerry Rice up there with the greatest player ever, period. I don’t wanna hear wide receiver. I’m talking about period, of all time.”
Irvin then went on to address Randy Moss and Terrell Owens. “Those guys were great players, and they had fabulous careers,” Irvin said. “But they were not Jerry Rice. That’s just the reality.”
Randy Moss Takes Shot at Jerry Rice
While the debate on the GOAT’s in sports is a never-ending discussion, the heated conversation about the NFL’s greatest WR of all time stirred up after Randy Moss listed his top all-time receivers. Many felt that Moss threw shade at 49ers legend Jerry Rice by saying that he wasn’t even in his top 3.
“I’ll put myself first, I’ll put T.O. second,” he said. “I think Jerry [Rice] is probably third or fourth.”
Moss clarified his stance by explaining that he doesn’t only take stats into consideration. He places value on a player’s overall impact on the game.
“I’m talking about dominating the game and changing the game of football,” he said, according to NBC Sports. “I don’t live on statistics because if you live on statistics and live on championships, that’s all political.”
Jerry Rice Weighs in on the Ongoing Debate
Jerry Rice initially responded to Moss by pitting their stats against one another. However, he later went on to explain that he hopes his legacy rests on his championships not individual accomplishments.
“It was not about me being the GOAT. I don’t care if I’m the one, the second, or the third receiver,” he said. “It was all about me winning Super Bowls for the city of San Francisco, my teammates and my family.”
While Rice says the championships mattered most, he seemingly couldn’t help but drop a few facts that lend credibility to his GOAT argument.
“I was able to win three Super Bowls, I was an MVP, I pretty much hold every record right now. He continues to say it’s political or whatever, but if Randy wants to be No. 1 that’s fine. If T.O. wants to be No. 2 that’s fine. But my main thing is it was all about the rings, the championships. And that’s why we play the game,” Rice said, according to NBC Sports.
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