Randy Moss vs Jerry Rice: One question proves who’s the best

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Young man take a look at my life

In 1985, the rookie Jerry Rice joined the defending Super Bowl champion San Francisco 49ers, lead by quarterback Joe Montana. The Niners had won 2 Super Bowls in 3 years, 1982 and 1984.

In that rookie season for Rice, the Niners went 10-6 and lost in the NFC divisional playoff round.

Jerry Rice’s first ten years was spent exclusively in San Francisco, with the best front office in professional sports and those two guys named Montana and Young.  He was an amazing player on a perennial world-championship caliber team.  He won three Super Bowls there.

For the record: Lynn Swann won four Super Bowl rings in Pittsburgh a decade earlier.

In contrast, in 1998, rookie Randy Moss joined the 9-7 Minnesota Vikings (4th in the NFC Central Division) who had also lost in the NFC divisional playoff round.

In that year (‘98), Moss shocked and dominated the NFL from his first game (where a Tampa Bay defense watched the Minnesota Viking rookie catch four balls for 95 yards and two touchdowns), and finished a rookie season with 69 receptions, 1313 yards and 17 touchdowns.

Talk about a record not going away any time soon.