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49ers legend Jerry Rice calls himself the ‘best ****ing football player of all-time’

Jerry Rice, 49ers

Hall of Famer Jerry Rice is widely regarded as not only being the best wide receiver to ever play in the NFL but also squarely in the argument as being the best player of all-time.

It is something that has routinely voiced fondness for being in that conversation since he stepped away from the game well over a decade ago. However, it is something that has now boasted as being the greatest player of all-time at a recent event telling NBA Hall of Famer Charles Barkley just that.

Rice certainly has a compelling case for that prestigious title as he holds numerous NFL records that may simply never be broken as he’s the all-time leader in major categories with 1,549 receptions, 22,895 receiving yards and 197 touchdown catches. He is far away holding the top mark in these categories that have yet to be challenged since he stepped away from this illustrious 20-year NFL career.

The 55-year-old also has the all-record with 23,540 yards from scrimmage, 207 career touchdowns and 14 seasons with at least 1,000 receiving yards. He’s also the fastest to reach 100 touchdown receptions along with reach each of the plateaus from 12,000 to 15,000 carer receiving yards. He also has the individual accolades with 13 Pro Bowl nods, 10 First-Team All-Pro selections, two NFL Offensive Player of the Year awards, led the league in receiving yards and touchdowns six times, and won three Super Bowls where he was the MVP once.

Rice simply has all the statistical production to back up that strong claim as he proved to be the most consistent wide receiver the league has seen to this point as he had shown longevity through it all even in his twilight years playing at an elite level well into his late 30s. There may have been a little amped up emotions at that moment for him, but he clearly has one impressive case for that stance.