Jerry Rice and Ted Hendricks.
One of them is in the Pro Football Hall of Fame as perhaps the greatest receiver in NFL history. The other was a 6-foot-7, 220-pound linebacker known as the Mad Stork.
What they have in common is they’re both part of ESPN’s Best Trade every NFL team has ever made.
Rice was inducted at Canton in 2010 with nearly 13 miles of receiving yardage and more than 200 total touchdowns.
Hendricks played nine of his 15 seasons with the Raiders, and was part of all three Super Bowl championship squads.
ESPN excerpts of how Rice and Hendricks became part of their franchise’s greatest trade:
From ESPN’s Nick Wagoner: “It’s hard not to choose the deal that landed Hall of Fame quarterback Steve Young, but when you have another deal that landed arguably the greatest player in league history, that has to be the choice. San Francisco coach Bill Walsh saw Rice as the type of impact receiver who could keep the Niners’ dynasty rolling.”
From ESPN’s Paul Gutierrez: “Oakland got Hendricks from the Packers following the 1974 season for two first-round picks, and a year after the deal they finally broke through to win a Super Bowl. His arrival had a far-reaching impact on the franchise, however.”