quietstorm wrote:I'm going to say this only once. Rickey and Rice are in different situations. Yes, they can both still contribute.
But, I'm a 49ers fan. Rice said he wanted to play his career in San Fran, then he left us for the Raiders. He hasn't been the same receiver since he left the Niners. For that, I despise him. Despise. If the Niners didn't want him anymore, he should have retired; look at Barry Larkin. He retired because he didn't want to play anywhere else. Jerry Rice could have been the last of the greats (or one of them) to play his full career with a single team (I doubt anybody else will do it, aside from Favre).
Ya, pity that he's the greatest offensive football player to ever play the game. He left the 49ers b/c he wanted to have a starting gig. In Oakland, he got it. A player should always retire on his own terms, not on the fans or anybody else's. That'd just be stupid. He even tried to come back to the 49ers this year, but they said they had no interest. I only wish Jerry Rice would have signed with the Patriots, b/c it would have been a privelege to watch him play, even in his diminished role.