From Players View:
NFL legend Jerry Rice is the epitome of class. Whereas some former NFL legends are a bit of crabby about watching their records potentially falling, Rice is excited for the Detroit Lions' Calvin Johnson who is within striking distance of his single-season reception yards mark.
Rice appeared on various ESPN programs and discussed his various feelings.
On NFL Live OT (video below) Rice described the type of player Johnson is while lamenting his potential loss.
“I think you don’t really want anyone to break your record,” Rice said. “But I know this guy, what he stands for. He works hard and he’s a freak of nature. You’re talking about a guy that’s 6-5 and over 230-some pounds, and is one of those guys that can go up and make plays and also run a 4.2 or 4.3. You don’t want him to [break the record], if he does I’ll be the first to congratulate him.”
On SportsCenter, Rice stated that he’s good with Megatron doing his thing.
“I have 40 records. I don’t mind giving him one,” Rice said of Johnson. “This guy is just awesome on the football field, and it shows his dedication.”
“Calvin wants to get the 2,000 mark,” Rice said. “That was my goal also. I wanted to get to the 2,000 mark. I never knew 1,848 was the record, I wanted to get to 2,000.”
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