Jerry Rice Decides: Partnering Up with a Hall of Fame Quarterback


Jerry Rice, widely regarded as the greatest receiver in history, was fortunate enough to have two legendary quarterbacks, Joe Montana and Steve Young, as his passers. 

However, if he had to pick just one, which would he prefer to play with?

Rice confidently tackled a challenging question during his appearance on the podcast hosted by former Pro Bowl wideout Keyshawn Johnson, “All Facts No Brakes.”

“Joe Montana and I had an incredible chemistry,” Rice said. “If Joe had been of a different gender, we would have been compatible enough to consider dating.”

Montana and Rice: Legendary Touchdown Duo

NEW ORLEANS, LA – JANUARY 28: Jerry Rice #80 of the San Francisco 49ers laughs on the sidelines during the 1990 Super Bowl XXIV against the Denver Broncos on January 28, 1990 at the Louisiana Superdome in New Orleans, Louisiana. The 49ers defeated the Broncos 55-10.

Despite facing injuries, Montana and Rice managed to form a strong connection, resulting in an impressive 67 touchdowns. Meanwhile, Rice excelled in touchdown receptions, leading the league twice with his impressive performance.

According to Rice, he and Montana had a remarkable connection, forming one of the most formidable partnerships in the history of the NFL.

“I was confident that Montana wouldn’t hold onto the ball for too long, and as long as I ran my routes, I knew the ball would be on its way,” Rice said.

Rice and Young formed a formidable duo, enjoying greater success together compared to Rice’s partnership with Montana. 

Throughout their impressive partnership spanning approximately eight seasons, Young and Rice connected for an astounding 92 touchdowns. 

Back then, the impressive number set a new record in the NFL, a record that was later surpassed by Hall of Famers Peyton Manning and Marvin Harrison in 2005.

Jerry Rice’s Record-Setting Career: The Young Connection

The Rice and Young connections were responsible for almost half of the 10-time All-Pro’s career touchdown output, contributing to his record-setting achievements that remain unbroken. 

Even after two decades since retiring from the NFL, Rice still holds the record for the most receiving yards (22,985) and touchdowns (197) in the league.

It is evident that Rice effortlessly connects with both Montana and Young. 

However, he mentioned that this was a characteristic of his, which influenced his performance regardless of the quarterback, whether it was a legendary player or someone like Jeff Garcia or Steve Bono.

“I have always been able to adapt to whoever was behind center and bring out their best,” Rice stated.

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