Legendary National Football League wide receiver Jerry Rice is finally bestowing an important title on Tom Brady. Rice “officially” deemed Brady the NFL’s “GOAT,” which stands for Greatest of All Time in sports lingo.
Rice has long claimed the title of GOAT but is now ready to pass it along to arguably the best player to grace a football field.
“When you have seven (Super Bowl) rings, you’re doing something right,” the NFL Hall of Famer says. “He can have that GOAT status. I never wanted that status anyhow.”
After his tenth Super Bowl appearance, Brady left little to debate on the subject of who is the greatest NFL player. Not only did the quarterback win the big game at 43-years-old, he also took home MVP Award honors for his effort. Brady was simply spectacular in the Super Bowl, willing his team to a decisive win over the Kansas City Chiefs. He put up 200 yards passing while completing more than 70 percent of his passes. He also threw three touchdowns in the game, including two to his longtime favorite target, tight end Rob Gronkowski.
Jerry Rice Passes Along ‘GOAT’ Title to Tom Brady
While Brady has a firm grip on the overall GOAT label, Rice isn’t exactly an everyday slouch. It isn’t a stretch to call him the greatest of all-time amongst the game’s wide receivers. Rice holds numerous NFL records that figure to remain in place for quite some time.
“I don’t have seven Super Bowl rings,” he says. “But I think I played in an era when football was more of a contact sport. You’re seeing a lot of that now — players are protected.”
The receiver’s resume stacks up against most every NFL player not named Tom Brady. He’s won three Super Bowls, claiming MVP honors in one of those championship games. Rice has been to the Pro Bowl 13 times and was a first-ballot NFL Hall of Fame selection in 2010. He holds the mark for all-time receiving yards with nearly 23,000 yards.
Rice says he can see Brady playing a few more years due to new player protection rules that weren’t in place when he played.