Gridiron Breakdown: Jerry Rice vs. Michael Phelps

Associated Press


U.S. swimmer Michael Phelps finished his reign as the most prolific Olympian in history. But how does he compare to perhaps the greatest player in NFL history (or at least No. 1 in the NFL Network Top 100), Jerry Rice?

Some say there would be no way to objectively compare the two. But I beg to differ. Let's take them to grid!

Athlete: Jerry Rice Michael Phelps Give it to ...
Height/weight: 6-foot-2, 200 pounds 6-foot-4, 185 pounds Push
Excelled on/in: The field Water Phelps. Can you drown on the field?
Where you will find them now: Push
Ridiculous training methods: Catching bricks Swimming about 50 miles per week, and consuming 12,000 calories daily Phelps
Nickname: GOAT, World Baltimore Bullet Rice. Give credit to him for winning the marketing battle. Phelps does need a better nickname.
Legend he chased down: Steve Largent/Don Hutson Mark Spitz Push
Super Bowl MVP awards: 1 0 Rice
Gold medals: 0 18 Phelps
Record that will never be broken: 208 touchdowns 22 Olympic medals Phelps
Mouthy teammate who pushed him: Terrell Owens Ryan Lochte Phelps
Guy who raised his ire: Randy Moss Tyler Clary Rice
Biggest endorsements: Van Heusen; Breathe Right strips Subway Push
Biggest misstep: Awkward dreadlock phase Incriminating photo Rice. Seriously, he should have apologized for combining the shaved head look, pair with dreadlocks.
Embarrassing final performance: Broncos tryout, wearing No. 19 Winning only six medals (four gold) in the London Olympics Phelps. Seriously, if this is underachieving (as most claim) what does that mean for the rest of us?


Really, it's no surprise Phelps left Rice in the dust here. We might have witnessed the greatest athlete in history in Phelps.

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