Originally Posted by Mister Friendly
Rice and Irvin played in the same era though.
Rice is better in every stat, accomplishment( both individual and team) and both played with HOFers and great talent.
Jerry Rice played for 20 years, in a pass oriented offenses. Roger Craigs was not getting 15+ rushing TDs per season.
The Cowboys were run heavy. Emmitt had like 2 seasons with 20+ rushing TDs. Irvin played in only 11 seasons. (Missed most of year 2 with an ACL injury). Jerry Rice only missed one full season due to injury, and he did break the TD record, in a strike shortened season. I'll give him that. Sterling Sharpe was arguably the best receiver in not only the NFC, but NFL, from 1989-1993. I'm a Cowboys fan BTW. We passed so infrequently, during the 90s era. People really don't understand. Cowboys were more 2010s Seahawks, on offense, than say, the Drew Brees Saints, or Colts. Irvin, Novacek, and Alvin Harper were the main 3 receivers.
Harper and Novacek averaged about 600-800 receiving yards per season.
Michael Irvin never had a 1,000 receiver opposite him, due to scheme...