Andre Rison Shouldn’t Go Chasing Waterfalls
In an interview with the Atlanta Journal Constitution published Sunday, noted NFL wide receiver/goofball/loose cannon/arson victim Andre Rison, pictured above with Kordell Stewart (no homo) and Deadspin’s very own Will Leitch and AJ Daluerio during an appearance on Pros vs. Joes; touched on many topics, ranging from his new book, Wide Open, to his claim that he was the “[b]est receiver to ever play the game.”
Yeah, I’ll believe Rison was the best wide receiver ever to play the game when Wide Open ends up getting an Oprah’s Book Club endorsement. Andrew (Jesus, I’m bad with names) Andre, shine on, you crazy diamond:
“Best receiver to ever play the game. I can’t show my highlights because I don’t own NFL Films, but all my coaches in college, in high school, in junior college, they all told me I could be the best. But they must’ve lied because that title was already given to Jerry Rice. Just because you have stats doesn’t mean you’re the best. Can’t nobody tell me that Andre Reed isn’t better than Jerry Rice. I’m seeing cornerbacks on the 75th anniversary team that I used to demolish. But I’m coming out with my own hall of fame.”
So all that is holding Rison back from being considered the best receiver of all-time is the copyright laws of NFL films? Makes sense. At least I’m sure he will figure prominently in the Andre Rison Hall of Fame, which I imagine will feature memorabilia from his appearance on Pros vs. Joes as well as this clip from when he was attacked during something called “Destination X” for TNA Wrestling, whatever that is.
Great stuff there. At least Jerry Rice had the good sense to appear on Dancing with the Stars. I guess.
One last little nugget from the interview: here’s Andre Rison’s advice to the kids:
“I tell them they can’t make mistakes they can’t come back from. Because I overcame adversity. I had some problems I caused, some I didn’t. But I overcame it. I tell them not to even put themselves in bad situations. Don’t be a follower. President Clinton did some things wrong with that whole adultery thing. Martha Stewart did some things wrong. Kobe Bryant did some things wrong. They all made mistakes here and there, and I relate that to them.”
Comparing himself to President Clinton, Martha Stewart and Kobe Bryant? That’s interesting. Coincidentally, they are also the very same people who have never been in my kitchen.
It’s a strange, strange world we live in, people. Thank goodness we have Andre Rison to keep it all together.
Flint native Andre Rison says he was the best receiver in NFL history [MLive]
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