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Jerry Rice Says He’d Take Joe Montana Over Tom Brady ‘Any Day’ with the Game on the Line

by Joe Rutland
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Here we go again with this barstool debate. Who would you take as your clutch QB, Montana or Brady? Jerry Rice says it’s Joe “any day.”

Rice, one of the NFL’s greatest wide receivers, says he’ll take his longtime San Francisco 49ers quarterback Joe Montana over Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady for his team. That’s even with the game on the line, too.

“It’s a whole different era, and I would go with Montana any day because he was Joe Cool, and he was in an era where he was not as protected,” Rice said.

Jerry Rice Isn’t Taking Anything Away From Today’s Game

“I’m going to go with Joe Montana because, like I said, it was a different era,” Rice said. “Not taking anything away from what’s happening today, but you look at the game today, the way it’s played, you look at how receivers are protected.

“I never thought I would see an era where the running back doesn’t have to be on the ground for them to stop the play because this, to me, is supposed to be tackle football.”

Montana played for the 49ers and Kansas City Chiefs between 1979-94. It was a different time in the National Football League where quarterbacks weren’t as protected as they are in today’s game.

Rice played for the 49ers in his entire 20-season Hall of Fame career in the NFL. He and Montana were key components to then-Head Coach Bill Walsh’s offensive plans.

Rice on WR Debate: ‘All About Me Winning Super Bowls’

Back in December, Rice used social media to say that he has achieved more than Randy Moss based on numbers. On “95.7 The Game” in San Francisco, the main argument was on whether statistics or championships matter the most.

“It was not about me being the GOAT,” Rice said in the “Greatest Of All Time” wide receiver debate. “I don’t care if I’m the one, the second, or the third receiver. It was all about me winning Super Bowls for the city of San Francisco, my teammates, and my family.

“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. “T.O.” refers to former NFL wide receiver Terrell Owens.

However, Moss isn’t taking too kindly when it comes to Rice’s chatter.

During an appearance on the podcast “T.O. and Hatch,” Moss went ahead and crowned himself the best and Rice as third or fourth.

“I’ll put myself first, I’ll put T.O. second,” Moss said. “I think Jerry [Rice] is probably third or fourth. I’m talking about dominating the game and changing the game of football. I don’t live on statistics because if you live on statistics and live on championships, that’s all political.” 

Will the debate ever end? Not really, whether it’s between players or fans. There always is room for a good debate when it comes to “GOAT” players in sports.

H/T: TMZ, NBC Sports