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Larry Fitzgerald is the New Jerry Rice

Posted on: January 18, 2009 4:20 pm

GLENDALE, AZ. -- He's got three touchdowns in the first half.

It's a lot to compare any player to Rice. But it's not unfair to do with Fitzgerald.

He has the same kind of devastating impact on defenses that Rice did. He's also excellent at beating double teams.

Like Rice was.

No wide receiver has been better than Rice. Really. no one's come close.

Until now.

Category: NFL
Tags: Cardinals

Since: Nov 6, 2006
Posted on: January 25, 2009 1:55 pm

Larry Fitzgerald is the New Jerry Rice

No wide receiver has been better than Rice. Really. no one's come close.


I don't think Fitzgerald is the new Jerry Rice, but that's really not my issue.  Instead, my issue is this: has Freeman watched Randy Moss, namely, oh...the first four or five years of his career, and then 2007?


He's the only receiver with 3 seasons of 17+ touchdowns.  He's the only receiver to average one TD a game four times (1998, 2003, 2004, 2007).  Following 2007, he averaged 12.4 receiving touchdowns a season (that's a record).  He's currently averaging 12.27 (to the best of my knowledge, a record).  1,200 yards in his first six seasons (that's a record).  In 11 seasons, Randy Moss has 8 seasons with double digit touchdowns.  In 20 seasons, Jerry Rice went double digits 9 times.  Moss had 9 seasons (out of 11) with 1,000 yards. Rice had 14 out of 20.  In four seasons after leaving San Francisco, Rice had 3,600 yards.  In two years in New England, Moss had 2,500 yards.  He had another 1,500 yards in Oakland.

And remember, when in Minnesota, he had to compete with a guy named Cris Carter for all but two years.  I hear he was pretty good.



Now, I'm not prepared to say Moss is better than Rice.  He isn't.  But if Randy Moss has never come close to Jerry Rice, nobody in history ever has and nobody ever WILL.

Since: Jan 19, 2009
Posted on: January 21, 2009 12:18 pm

Larry Fitzgerald is the New Jerry Rice..(NOT YET)


Jerry Rice is 6'2" 200 lbs and ran a 4.7 in the 40 yard dash.   Tiny Speed Guy??  What Jerry Rice are you talking about.   To be considered the Greatest receiver of all time he would have to top these numbers: 

Recptions: 1,549  Yards: 22,895  Avg: 14.8  TD's: 197........and these are just regular season stats.  I won't even get into playoff stats, super bowl rings and etc.....

Rice DOMINATED in the league for 18 of his 20 years..... that is going to be very hard to top.  Fitz is a great receiver, but lets see him produce like this consistently for at least 10 - 12 years before we start putting him in the category with rice.

Another note, Rice didn't have receivers like Boldin(1 of the best WR's in the league) and Breaston on his team either.


Since: Jan 19, 2009
Posted on: January 20, 2009 12:57 pm

Larry Fitzgerald is the New Jerry Rice

I couldn't agree with you more Sircheeks.  As a Niner's fan...... i can say that Fitz displays some Rice like characteristics but in no way, shape, or form is it conceivable to even put Rice and Fitz in the same sentence......yet.   Rice faced double teams and bracket coverage almost every game and when he wasn't facing that he up against some of the best corners to play the game.....(Deion Sanders, Rod Woodson, Darrel Green and guys of this caliber).  Lets give Fitz about 8 - 10 more years then we'll compare him to guys like Rice.

Oh, I almost forgot.... Rice didn't have guys like Boldin, and Breaston in the line up with him either.

Since: Mar 16, 2008
Posted on: January 20, 2009 10:36 am

Larry Fitzgerald is the New Jerry Rice

Exactly... this is why Rice is beyond comparison.  Many receivers have had dominant plays, games, seasons... even dominant decades.  But Rice performed at such a high level for such a long period of time that it makes no sense to jump on the bandwagon of the flavor of the week (or year... or even decade...) and to proclaim him as the second coming of Rice.

I think that plenty of guys have been comparable to Rice's talent level.  Rice is certainly not the most physically gifted WR of all time.  He combined solid talent with a legendary work ethic, which is why he had phenominal hands and ran routes better than anybody.  His best traits resulted from hard work.

And he didn't quit working even after he hit 40.

Fitz is one of the best WRs in the league today.  Let's see him do that for 10 years before we make the Rice comparison.

Since: Aug 30, 2006
Posted on: January 20, 2009 3:31 am

Larry Fitzgerald is the New Jerry Rice

lmao, i was hoping i wasn't the only one to catch on to that shit.

see his new article "Anquan Boldin is a Jackass"

Since: Aug 30, 2006
Posted on: January 20, 2009 3:30 am

Larry Fitzgerald is the New Jerry Rice

More bullshit 4-line articles from the big lipped goofy bitch himself, Mike Freeman.

Since: Jan 16, 2009
Posted on: January 19, 2009 8:54 pm

Larry Fitzgerald is the New Jerry Rice

Hey, all I know is that I have Larry Fitzgerald, Randy Moss, and Steve Smith (CAR) on my fantasy keeper team! Jerry Rice might be a bit much, but I've heard other sports personalities make Jerry Rice/Lynn Swan comparisons today. LOVE IT!!!

Since: Jan 9, 2007
Posted on: January 19, 2009 11:53 am

Larry Fitzgerald is the New Jerry Rice

Fitzgerald IS NOT Jerry Rice... He is better.  Fitzgerald will go down in history as the greatest reciever of all time if he can stay healthy.  No one can stop him.  Jerry Rice was a tiny speed guy where as Fitz is a MONSTER 6 foot 3 and not just that but he then can also out jump the other team by another foot.  He will be the greatest reciever in NFL History hands down before its over.

Since: Apr 23, 2008
Posted on: January 19, 2009 9:45 am

Larry Fitzgerald is the New Jerry Rice

It will take a little longer for Fitzgerald really to put himself in that category...

And are these Cardinals going to be a winning team after this superbowl anyways? How long can Warner go? WIll he retire after this season if he wins the Superbowl?

HOW WILL MATT LEINART FIT is the biggest concern i have for fitzgerald

Since: Sep 28, 2006
Posted on: January 19, 2009 1:48 am
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