You can add the best wide receiver in NFL history to the ranks of those who believe former Colts receiver Marvin Harrison should be in the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
"I have a lot of respect for him,'' Jerry Rice told CBS4's Mike Chappell on Friday. "I always loved Marvin. I really loved him. I don't see why he isn't going to get in. I don't know how they decide, but without a doubt he should be in the Hall of Fame. Hopefully he can get in because I feel like he really deserves to be the Hall of Fame.''
Rice is one of the most notable names yet to endorse Harrison's Hall of Fame chances, echoing fellow Hall of Famers Marshall Faulk, Deion Sanders, Michael Irvin, and many others.
Jerry Rice, the longtime San Francisco 49ers receiver who was a first-ballot Hall of Fame selection in 2010, is the NFL's career leader in receptions, receiving yards, and receiving touchdowns. He was a 13-time Pro Bowl selection and a 10-time first-team All-Pro selection. He is obviously the best to ever play at his position and one of the best to play at any position, but if it weren't for Rice then Marvin Harrison (along with fellow finalist Terrell Owens) would both be among the players mentioned for the spot.
It is very rare for a receiver to be a first-ballot Hall of Famer, and Harrison is now in his third year of eligibility. The hope is that this will be the time for him, however, as the Pro Football Hall of Fame Class of 2016 will be announced later today. If you ask Jerry Rice, Marvin Harrison should be among those included.