With great power comes great responsibility, as we all know. Part of that responsibility is using the gifts that God, evolution, or genetics gave you. Jerry Rice was one of the greatest, if not the greatest, wide receiver of all time. As a kid I had the pleasure of cheering him on while wearing my kids-medium Steve Young jersey before he went to the hated ones (hint: they play in Oakland). Jerry Rice’s work ethic is what made him who he was as a player, and who he is now as a person; that’s why Randy Moss’ lazy-ass attitude rubbed Jerry the wrong way.

Pro Football Talk on NBC Sports has the transcript of an interview conducted on ESPN Radio, where Rice had the following to say about Moss:
“It was hard for me to swallow because I was not as talented and I had to work harder. To see a guy with that much talent not give it 100 percent, it was almost like a little slap in the face. But Randy was Randy. He could have been one of the greatest if he had worked just a little bit harder. I don’t think he wanted to give it 100 percent. You never knew what you were going to get with Randy. Sometimes you’d get the unbelievable guy, the amazing guy. Other times you’d get the guy that took a couple plays off.”
While Randy Moss is indisputably a great player, his career will always be stained by his poor attitude, not to mention the times he quit (again, for that Oakland team). Jerry Rice must be thinking about what kind of records he would have put up had he been given the sort of talent Moss possessed; but this is a great lesson for everyone: talent alone won’t produce results. You have to work for it, too.

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