Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 1/20/12

New York Giants bruising running back Brandon Jacobs wasn't about to return fire on Hall of Famer Jerry Rice.

After Rice referred to the 6-foot-4, 265-pounder as "a little soft" on ESPN television, Jacobs told the Newark Star-Ledger that he respected the legendary wideout for what he accomplished in the game.

"I grew up a San Francisco 49ers fan," Jacobs told the newspaper. "I loved Jerry Rice. I still love Jerry Rice. I give him a lot of credit for the game being the way it is today. I have nothing negative to say about Jerry Rice. If he feels that way, he feels that way. But I betcha he won't tackle me."

Rice used the remark about Jacobs while crediting the San Francisco 49ers' running backs with the advantage in Sunday's NFC Championship Game.

"That (advantage) goes to San Francisco," Rice said earlier this week. "I like Ahmad Bradshaw. I like Brandon Jacobs, but I feel like Brandon Jacobs is a little bit soft. ...He can't get away from a defender. This guy is 265 and it upsets me when I see him get tackled by a guy that's like 190 or 200 pounds."

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