2. Jerry Rice, 49ers, Raiders, Seahawks, 1985-2004
Everyone knows the numbers that Jerry Rice has put up — among them NFL records in touchdowns (205), receptions (1,519) and receiving yards (22,466). On paper, those numbers might not wow you by just looking them, but let’s compare Rice to the #2 player to put things into perspective. Ready…? Rice has 33 more touchdowns and 6,961 more receiving yards than any other player in NFL history. That’s the equivalent of an extra 3 to 5 Pro-Bowl caliber seasons! But what set Rice apart was his work ethic. Rice’s work ethic was, and still is at 41, unparalleled and that’s a major reason why he’s one of the greatest players in the history of the NFL. He not only made big catches in the games that didn’t matter, he also made them when the games mattered.