Jerry Rice, an NFL great, just revealed how excellent he was in the Tecmo Bowl

Jerry Rice, an NFL great, just revealed how excellent he was in the Tecmo Bowl ...

Jerry Rice's face was unbelievably beautiful. It's not every day that you tell a Pro Football Hall of Famer or a superstar as thoroughly dominant as Rice what he didn't know how great he was.

No, no, no. Are you serious? Rice replied, covering his mouth and laughing.

Jerry Rice, the top wide receiver on an overpowering San Francisco 49ers team, is even more powerful and more dominant than the legendary Tecmo Bo Jackson, according to anyone who knows the Super Bowl.

It's true. There are informal rules in basements and frat houses that prohibit such substitutions. (There were also house rules against taking Jacksons Raiders, or the 49ers, the best team in the game by far). Any serious Tecmo Super Bowl tournament also has a strict competition prohibition on giving running plays to Rice.

Jerry being better at running back than Bo is also because he is a better receiver, according to Jon Bailey, the former tournament director of Tecmo Madison, the Super Bowl of the Tecmo Super Bowl. He had, like, 150 [yards] on the ground and 150 through the air with him, and the ban was born.

So, what can we do about that, Mr. Rice?

Rice noted that back in the day, I did not need to take screen passes or short routes. I had to be able to run routes downfield, deep downfield, and get open, and make the catch. Today, these players are more utilized as running backs, just to grab the ball in their hands.

Rice's real-life playing style is probably a little better suited for the NFL Blitz Legends arcade cabinet re-release, for which he has joined Dan Marino and Deion Sanders to promote and participate in. Nearly every play had the primary split end on a streak route, and if it didnt, there was always Hail Mary.

Rice said that his most video game-like play was the one where he made a catch that appeared to stutter the game he was in, and surprised himself. Hold it, hold it, hold it, I caught everything, I caught everything, I said. Maybe that's why they put me in the backfield, rather than running.

Rice said. Sometimes you just put your hands up and the ball just drops in no matter what. And you go back, and you think, Oh, my God. Wow. How did I do that? How did I make that catch? That's what this game [NFL Blitz Legends] is all about.

NFL Blitz Legends will be released later this year by Arcade1Up, a five-foot-long cabinet that contains Midways three arcade games from 1997 to 2000; pre-orders are open now, but it's not cheap. It can be purchased from Best Buy, Walmart, and the Arcade1Ups website for $599.99.