San Francisco area sports talk channel introduces a tough question to the NFL Hall of Famer
NFL legend Jerry Rice is arguably the best wide receiver to ever play the game.
He caught passes from Hall of Famers Joe Montana and Steve Young while playing for the San Francisco 49ers, and he played with Rich Gannon, the Oakland Raiders’ second all-time Top passer, when Rice moved across the San Francisco Bay later on in his career.
During an interview with KGMZ-FM, a sports talk radio station in the Bay Area, , Rice was asked if he’d take Montana or present Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady to direct the offense in the fourth quarter with the football game at stake. Most football fans would take Brady ever since he surpassed Montana using six Super Bowl rings, but Rice is prepared to bet on”Joe Cool” to triumph in the match’s biggest moment.
“it is a whole different age, and I’d go with Montana daily since he was Joe Cool, and he had been in a age where he wasn’t as protected,” Rice said. “I’m going to go with Joe Montana since, like I said, it was a different era.”
Rice continued:”Not taking anything away from what is happening today, but you look at the game today, the way it’s played, you look at how recipients are protected. I never thought I would observe a age where the running back doesn’t need to be on the floor for them to stop the play because this, to me, is supposed to be tackle football.”
Obviously, Rice is biased since he and Montana formed arguably the greatest QB/WR duo in NFL history, but many think Brady along with his six championships, four NFL MVPs, 14 Pro Bowls, and 581-and-counting touchdowns are over and outside Montana.
Montana completed his career as a four-time Super Bowl champion, to go along with three Super Bowl MVPs, two NFL MVPs, 8 Pro Bowls, and 273 passing touchdowns.
Whether you’re on Team Brady or Team Montana, there is little doubt about it that they are two of the best quarterbacks to ever play in the NFL.