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Joe Montana: My Relationship with Jerry Rice Was Nothing Like Jordan/Pippen

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Hall of Fame QB Joe Montana joins Dan Patrick on The Dan Patrick Show. They talk about the current state of the game, including the rule changes that benefit the more stationary quarterbacks like Tom Brady. Dan asks him about the escalating comments by Scottie Pippen about Michael Jordan and wonders if his relationship with the great Jerry Rice was in any way similar. Joe is adamant that he and Jerry have never had any clash of egos in all their years together.

Dan Patrick: “Scottie Pippen has been kind of on the warpath, he’s criticizing Michal Jordan and, for whatever reason, his reasons, but I was wondering if you and Jerry Rice; did you guys ever have conflict of who was getting most attention or who deserved the most attention? Did you have any ego fights there?”

Joe Montana: “No, not at all. Every now and then, like all wide receivers if they don’t get the ball enough, except for JT (John Taylor) never said a word on the other side, but...Jerry never said a word. He was quiet. He was the quietest out there and then you would go, ‘Jerry...’ if you threw the ball somewhere like, ‘JR, did you have him?’ And he’d go, ‘Oh yeah!’ And then you’d turn on the film and there’s like 3 guys on him. ‘I thought you said you were open!’”

Dan: “[LAUGHTER] Yeah, because I didn’t know if there was a, you know, like: whose team is it? You know, because Jerry is recognized as maybe the greatest player of all time or certainly in that conversation, so I didn’t know if there was any of that with you guys.”

Joe: “No, never.”