T.O. Thinks He's as Good as Jerry Rice
"Say I had been with a guy like Tom Brady, Peyton Manning or Drew Brees all of my career. Are you kidding me?"
No, T.O., are you kidding us? Do you not understand why Rice received the privilege of playing with "quality quarterbacks"? He was a person that everyone wanted as a teammate; you wore out your welcome every stop along the way. Your personality got you dumped by the Cowboys, a team that force-fed you the ball while dealing with your ego, allowing you to put up All-Pro numbers in your three seasons there.
Had you been a less contentious teammate, you could have spend the earlier part of your career with Steve Young/Jeff Garcia, and the latter part of your career with Donovan McNabb. That seems like a pretty good set of "quality quarterbacks" to me.
Do you not understand that playing with Rice was partly what made those quarterbacks great? Rice moved on to Oakland late in his career (something you conveniently have forgotten) and put up remarkable statistics at the ages of 39 and 40, even partaking in a Super Bowl run in 2002 while racking up 92 catches, 1,211 yards and seven TDs. His quarterback for those seasons? The immortal Rich Gannon.
He did this after joining a team that boasted its own elite No. 1 WR, Tim Brown. Knowing you, T.O., the presence of Brown would have likely precluded you from entertaining the notion of playing in Oakland. Not Rice, a player that played at an elite level until the age of 40 and retired after his age 42 season. T.O., you'll be lucky if anyone wants to sign you next year at the age of 37.
So congratulations for again using your platform to say something stupid. Rice embodied everything that was right about the receivers of his generation, including Brown, Cris Carter and others. You embody everything that's wrong about the small slice of prima donna pass-catchers that have infiltrated the NFL in our era.