Jerry Rice on whether Brady is the greatest QB of all time: ‘You’ve got to give the guy his just due’

49ers legend called into ‘Joe, Lo & Dibs’ to talk all things championship weekend

Karl Buscheck
January 21, 2019 - 11:03 am

In the wake of a wild championship Sunday in the NFL, Jerry Rice joined “Joe, Lo & Dibs” to lend his Hall of Fame perspective to the proceedings.

Most notably, the ex-wide receiver was asked if Brady, oft compared to Joe Montana, Rice’s long-time running, is now the greatest quarterback the league has ever seen.

With the 37-31 overtime win in Kansas City, Brady is headed back to the Super Bowl for the fourth time in five seasons and the ninth time overall. He’ll be gunning for his sixth title.

The direct question led to a meandering answer:

“I think he could orchestrate,” Rice said on 95.7 The Game. “He’s just like, to me, he’s just like — and I know we don’t like to make comparisons and stuff like that — but he’s got the smarts of a Joe Montana.”

“We know that he’s not going to be able to run the ball or anything like that, but his offensive line is so superior and they do not let anybody get their hands on Tom Brady.”

“And, I’m sitting there and I’m saying, ‘Why can’t anyone get to Tom Brady?’ But, okay, I think if you stack the box, you’re going to take away the run. He’s just going to take those five to 10-yard passes and he’s going to have the patience to move the ball all the way down the football field.”

“So, when it comes to smarts and all that — his arm strength, his accuracy, his decision making on the football field — and, I’ll always talk about having that extra ‘it.’ He has that extra ‘it.’ And I think the players know that. They know that they can win with Tom Brady if they’ve got time on the clock.”

“So, you’ve got to give the guy his just due. He’s doing some amazing things right now and we’ve just got to wait and see how this situation’s going to play out.”

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