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Sunday, December 21, 2014

Randy Moss Was More Dominant Than Jerry Rice to Start His Career

So Jerry Rice has just come out with a book titled “Go Long! My Journey Beyond the Game and the Fame.”  As if we didn’t see him enough when he was on Dancing With the Stars, now he’s on every show in the world publicizing his book. Can’t blame the guy – who in a sane frame of mind wouldn’t want the greatest wide receiver ever to be a guest on their show?

Since the San Francisco treat has been making the rounds, several people have been referring to him as the greatest wide receiver EVER, and potentially the greatest football player ever.  True, he is the all-time leader in receptions, receiving yards, and receiving touchdowns, but I will remain steadfast in my belief that none other than Randy Moss has been more dominant than the perceived greatest wide receiver ever for an extended stretch of time.  Before you call me crazy, witness the numbers:

JERRY RICE RANDY MOSS

Rec

Rec Yds

TDs

Rec

Rec Yds

TDs

1985

49

927

3

1998

69

1313

17

1986

86

1570

15

1999

80

1413

11

1987

65

1078

22

2000

77

1437

15

1988

64

1306

9

2001

82

1233

10

1989

82

1483

17

2002

106

1347

7

1990

100

1502

13

2003

111

1632

17

1991

80

1206

14

2004

49

767

13

Totals

526

9072

93

574

9142

90

*Rice played in 108 games in his first 7 years, Moss played in 109 games in his first 7 years

Before arriving at the Black Hole that is Oakland, Randy Moss was off to a better start in his career than Jerry Rice.  And 7 years is a significant sample size to measure – it’s not like each of their best 3 years were chosen for the purpose of this comparison.  So before you think of Jerry Rice being that great, I will maintain that Randy Moss was a more dominant receiver for an extended stretch of time than Jerry Rice.



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