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Being a quarterback on the 49ers comes with a ridiculous pair of shoes to fill. Expectations are typically unrealistic, as they are forged in the shadows of Joe Montana and Steve Young.
Naturally, there is an even bigger pair of cleats that we can safely assume will never be filled, ever. The greatest wide receiver of all time, the incomparable Jerry Rice made his mark on football, and has given many 49ers fans a very unrealistic opinion of how great a player at the position can be.
In 1992, an already extremely accomplished Jerry Rice held out for 37 days. Rice called the holdout one of his biggest mistakes he'd ever made. Rice was suited up and ready to go by the season opener, however. Crabtree's holdout came before he'd ever taken a single NFL snap, and lasted over a month into the regular season.
Whoops! There we go again. People really shouldn't compare Crabtree to the incomparable Jerry Rice.