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Shawn Zobel
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Shawn Zobel

The founder and editor of Draft

Jerry Rice Hands Down


While some will suggest that the Oakland Raiders' kicker/quarterback George Blanda was the best player over the age of 40, this really isn't that close of an argument. The greatest wide receiver to ever play the game and arguably one of the best players to play any position in NFL history, Jerry Rice retired from the NFL before the 2005 season at the age of 42. A three-time Super Bowl champion, Rice was voted to 13 Pro Bowls and finished his career with 22,895 yards and 208 touchdowns on 1,549 receptions.

The argument for Blanda is valid; he led the NFL in career points by the time he retired. However, his status as an excellent quarterback in the NFL may be a bit overstated. Blanda's 236/277 touchdown-to-interception ratio is rather poor, and he finished his career with a 60.6 career quarterback rating. Some will also suggest that Brett Favre is the top player, but he isn't clearly the best player that every played his position, like Rice is.

There simply hasn't been a receiver that has equaled Rice's production, and the fact that he played until he was 42, shows just how good he was during his tenure in the NFL. The answer to this question really isn't that hard. Jerry Rice is the best player to ever play into his 40's.

By Shawn Zobel  |  July 20, 2009; 12:16 PM ET  | Category:  NFL Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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