Jerry Rice Rips Randy Moss A New One

By Jacob Sundstrom 2011-08-09 15:41:36
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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 Riceís work ethic is what made him who he was as a player, and who he is now as a person; thatís why Randy Mossí 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:
ďIt 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 donít think he wanted to give it 100 percent. You never knew what you were going to get with Randy. Sometimes youíd get the unbelievable guy, the amazing guy. Other times youíd get the guy that took a couple plays off.Ē
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 wonít produce results. You have to work for it, too.
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