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Ok, now you're starting to scare me. Everybody knows that Michael Jordan is GOD. Jerry Rice in nice, but don't humiliate the man by comparing him to his "Airness".
MICHAEL JORDAN ALL THE WAY! HE WAS TALENTED, HE COULD FLY, AND HE WAS SEXY...OOPS THAT'S ANOTHER TOPIC. LOL MJ ALL THE WAY!!!!!!!!!!!!
AMEN Donna! ...And since you brought it up, yes he is sexy...don't get me wrong, I'm straight, but there were times when MJ was so phenominal & surreal on the court that even I would questioned my own sexuality...he's that damn good!! Big Grin
Sorry folks... I should have put all this in the original post. Now you can make an informed decision... Razz

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Michael Jordan

*Five-time NBA Most Valuable Player (1987-88, 1990-91, 1991-92, 1995-96, 1997-98)

*Ten-time All-NBA First Team selection (1986-87 to 1992-93, 1995-96 to 1997-98)

*Selected in 1996 as one of the "50 Greatest Players in NBA History"

*A member of six Chicago Bulls NBA championship teams (1990-91, 1991-92, 1992-93, 1995-96, 1996-97 and 1997-98)

*Six-time NBA Finals Most Valuable Player
The 1987-88 NBA Defensive Player of the Year and record nine-time NBA All-Defensive First Team selection (1987-88 to 1992-93, 1995-96 to 1997-98)

*Entering 2002-03, ranked first in NBA history in scoring average (31.0 ppg), second in steals (2,391), fourth in points (30,652) and in field-goals made (11,513), fifth in free-throws made (7,061), sixth in field-goals attempted (23,010) and eighth in free-throws attempted (8,448)

*Closed the 1997-98 season as the Bulls' all-time franchise leader in points, rebounds (5,836), assists (5,012), steals, games (930), field-goals made and attempted and free-throws made and attempted (8,115)

*Holds the NBA record for most seasons leading the league in scoring (10)

*Shares the NBA record with Wilt Chamberlain for most consecutive seasons leading the league in scoring (seven, 1986-87 to 1992-93)

*Holds the NBA record for most consecutive games scoring in double-digits (842)
Holds the NBA record for most seasons leading the league in field-goals made (10) and attempted (10)

*Led the NBA in steals in 1987-88 (3.16 spg), 1989-90 (2.77 spg) and 1992-93 (2.83 spg)

*Holds the NBA single-game records for most free-throws made in one half (20 against the Miami Heat on 12/30/92) and most most free-throws attempted in one half (23 in the same game)

*Shares the NBA single-game records for most free-throws made in one quarter (14 against the Utah Jazz on 11/15/89 and against the Miami Heat on 12/30/92) and most free-throws attempted in one quarter (23 against the Miami Heat on 12/30/92)

*Holds the NBA Finals record for highest single-series scoring average (41.0 ppg in 1993)

*Entering the 2002-03 season, ranks as the all-time NBA Finals leader in three-pointers made (42), second in three-point attempts (114), third in points (1,176), fourth in steals (62), fifth in field-goals made (438), sixth in assists (209) and free-throws made (258), seventh in field-goals attempted (911) and eighth in free-throws attempted (320)

*Holds the NBA Playoffs record for highest career scoring average (33.4 ppg)

*Established an NBA Playoffs record with 63 points against the Boston Celtics on 5/20/86

*Entering the 2002-03 season ranks as the all-time NBA Playoffs leader in field-goals attempted (4,497), free-throws made (1,463) and attempted (1,766), second in steals (376) and field-goals made (2,188), fifth in assists (1,022), seventh in three-point attempts (446) and ninth in three-pointers made (148)

*Recorded two playoff career triple-doubles, both against the New York Knicks (5/9/89 and 6/2/93)

*Participated in 13 NBA All-Star Games (1985, 1987-1993, 1996-98, 2002-03), starting 13 times, and missed another due to injury

*Named the MVP of the 1988, 1996 and 1998 NBA All-Star Games

*All-time NBA All-Star Game leader in steals (35) and ranks second in field-goal attempts (206), third in points (242), fourth in scoring average (20.2 ppg), and eighth in assists (52)

*Notched the first triple-double in All-Star Game history, with 14 points, 11 rebounds and 11 assists, in the 1997 NBA All-Star Game in Cleveland

*Won the Slam Dunk Contest in 1987 and 1988, also participating in 1985

*Notched his 28th career triple-double, with 30 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists, against the Toronto Raptors on 4/14/97

*Returned from retirement against the Indiana Pacers on 3/19/95 and posted 19 points, six rebounds, six assists and three steals in 43 minutes


Jerry Rice

1985: Set a new team record for rookies with 927 yds receiving. Caught first career TD pass from Joe Montana at Atlanta.

1986: SI's NFL Player of the Year. Led NFL with 1,570 yds receiving and 15 receiving TSs (both team records). Led NFC with 86 receptions.

1987: Named NFL MVP, the first 49er to win the award since 1970. NFL Leader in points with 138. Set an NFL record with 22 receiving TDs. Also set an NFL record by scoring on a reception in 13 straight games.

1988: Led 49ers with 1,306 yds receiving. Set a new team record with a 96-yard TD reception at San Diego. Named Super Bowl XXIII MVP after setting a Super Bowl record with 215 yards on 11 receptions. Won his first Super Bowl.

1989: Led NFL with 1,483 receiving yards and 17 TD catches. Set team career records for total TDs (64) and receiving TDs (60) on Nov 6. Set another Super Bowl record with 3 receiving scores vs Denver in Super Bowl XXIV, Rice's 2nd Super Bowl win.

1990: SI's NFL Player of the Year. Once again led the NFL in receptions (100) and receiving yards (1,502). Caught a career-high 105 passes to become the 4th player in NFL history to catch at least 100 passes in a season. Tied an NFL record with 5 TD receptions on Oct 14 vs Atlanta. Became the 49ers all-time leader in receiving yardage in that game as he passed Dwight Clark's 6,750 yards.

1991: Led the team in catches (80), yards (1,206), and TDs (14). Became the 16th player in NFL history to surpass 8,000 yards receiving. Moved into 3rd place on the all-time NFL TD Receiving list. Became the 49ers career record holder for most receptions (514) at Seattle on Dec 8.

1992: Set the NFL record for career receiving TDs with 101, passing Steve Largent's mark of 100. Led the 49ers in receiving yards (1,201), receptions (84), and TDs. Became the 8th player in NFL history to catch a pass in at least 100 consecutive games vs the Rams on Oct 4. Passed the 10,000-yard receiving mark on Dec 6 vs Miami, becoming the 9th player in NFL history to do so. Set a new team record for most career postseason receptions with 67 and established NFL Postseason records for most career receptions (75) and most total TDs (13).

1993: Named NFL Offensive Player of the Year by SI and the AP. Led the NFL in receiving yards (1,503) and TDs (16). Finished the season with a reception in a team-record 127 consecutive games. Became the 6th player in NFL history to reach 11,000 career receiving yards and broke the team record for career receiving yards. Set a new NFL career postseason receiving yardage record with 1,306 yards.

1994: Named a Pro Bowl Starter for the 9th straight year. Set a team single-season record with 112 receptions. Set an NFL record with his 9th consecutive 1,000-yard season. Set the NFL career record for TDs with 139, breaking Jim Brown's career mark of 126 TDs. Caught 3 TDs in the 49ers win over the Chargers in the Super Bowl.

1995: Caught a career-high 122 passes, the 2nd highest single-season total in NFL history. Set the NFL single-season record with 1,848 yards and scored 17 TDs (15 receiving) to raise his career total to 156 (146 receiving). Set the NFL record for most career 100 yard receiving games with 59, breaking the old record of 50. Named as a Pro Bowl starter for the 10th consecutive season and had his 10th straight 1,000 yard receiving season. Broke the NFL record for career receiving yards on Oct 29 against New Orleans with 14,040 career yards.

NFL records
Total Touchdowns: 203
Receiving Touchdowns: 192
Receptions: 1,456
Receiving Yards: 21,598
Total Yards: 22,146
1,000 Yard Receiving Seasons: 14
Consecutive games with an NFL reception: 257
Receiving yards in a season: 1,848 in 1995
Receiving TDs in a season: 22 in just 12 games played in 1987
Games with 100+ receiving yards: 73
Games with multiple TDs: 41
Consecutive NFL games with a touchdown: 13
Consecutive 50-Catch Seasons: 12

Postseason Records
Receptions: 151
Receiving yards: 2,283
Receiving touchdowns: 22
100+ receiving yard games: 8
Consecutive games with a reception: 28
Consecutive 100+ yard games: 3
Total touchdowns: 22
Total postseason yards: 2,288

Super Bowl Records
Career Receptions: 33
Career Receiving yards: 589
Career Receiving TDs: 8
Career Touchdowns: 8
Most receptions in a game: 11 (SB XXIII)
Most receiving yards in a game: 215 (SB XXIII)
Most receiving touchdowns in a game: 3 (SB XXIV and SB XXIX)
Most touchdowns in a game: 3 (SB XXIV and SB XXIX)
Most points: 48
Most points in a game: 18
Fastest TD scored in a game: 1 minute, 24 seconds (SB XXIV)

Pro Bowl Records
Career receptions: 37
Career receiving yards: 504

Awards
NFL Rookie of the Year (1985)
Sports Illustrated's NFL Player of the Year (1986, 1987, 1990, 1993)
1987 NFL MVP (first receiver to win award since 1951)
Len Eshmont Award (1987, 1993--selected by 49er players only)
Super Bowl XXIII MVP (1988)
1994 NFC MVP (selected by NFL Players Association)
1995 Pro Bowl MVP

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With all that said... my vote is for Jerry Rice. Big Grin
For longevity in sports: Jerry Rice. Airness is phenomenal with 6 rings, but let's be real, there's no Game 7 in The Super Bowl.

As a great transition from athlete to businessman: Michael Jordan
It is true that the two have extensive lists of accoplishments but...I have to go with Jordan. My decision comes with the thought that Jordan became the "man" w/out great players around him...he did not win a championship w/out other great players, but he was still the man prior to the arrival of Scottie Pippen and the rest of the pieces...Jerry always had the benefit of having,arguably, the best QB in the league at their times (Joe Montana & Steve Young) throwing him the ball. I never got to see if Jerry could still do it w/out a great QB...for example...TO has had to put up with Jeff Garcia for a time and he still, in that time, became the man...it is unclear to see if Jerry could do the same. Holla!

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