Jerry Rice’s competitiveness is legendary. That’s why it wasn’t a surprise to hear Rice, unprompted, bring up Terrell Owens’ recent comments on the Dan Patrick Show.
“Dan, here’s the thing. I’m not the greatest receiver. Terrell Owens is the greatest receiver,” Rice said, tongue firmly planted in cheek. “That’s what I heard. He made a statement saying that if he had Joe Montana and Steve Young, he’d probably be breaking my records now. So Terrell is the greatest receiver.”
Rice denied that he was bothered by the talk. “I’m not really that surprised by it. I never played the game for the records. I played to win championships, and do great things with my teammates.”
That was a subtle dig at T.O. This one was less subtle:
“I had some different quarterbacks, Matt Cavanaugh . . . It’s all about how the wide receiver can complement the quarterback to make that person look better. Joe [Montana] told me I added five years to his career. … It’s all about making things a little easier for that other person.”
Now that’s something Terrell Owens has never been accused of.