Randy Moss: ‘I really do think I’m the greatest receiver to ever play this game’

Randy-Moss-NinersRandy Moss has said hardly anything to this point in his first season with the San Francisco 49ers, but he may have tossed out the quote of the week at Super Bowl media day on Tuesday. While answering questions from writers and reporters on Monday, Moss labeled himself the greatest receiver of all time.

“I don’t live off numbers,” Moss said when asked about how much of a roller coaster his career has been, via Boston.com. “I live off impact. So I really do think that I’m the greatest receiver to play this game.”

Jerry Rice was quick to disagree with Moss and asked that their numbers be compared. Of course, ESPN obliged:


There’s no arguing that Moss is one of the most physically-gifted receivers to ever play. We were reminded of that during his incredible 2007 season with the New England Patriots, but a player’s career is defined by consistency and championships. Even if the Niners win on Sunday, Moss will have one Super Bowl ring compared to Rice’s three. Not to mention, Rice led his Niners teams to championships whereas Moss has more or less been along for the ride this season.

If nothing else, Moss’ natural talent and impressive resume will give the Baltimore Ravens something to think about when preparing. He caught three balls for 46 yards against the Atlanta Falcons, so he is still more than capable of contributing. Had Moss given 100% effort throughout his entire career, he would have had a legitimate chance to go down as the greatest of all time. As we know, he did not, and Rice has the more impressive stat sheet and trophy case.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/redhawkharper Roger Harper

    Randy Moss is just another self centered narcissistic person who has an over inflated view of himself.  He could not carry Jerry Rice’s jock strap. 

  • Jeff Hunt

    All I can think of is Moss doing Bill Bellamy’s pre game monologue in Auy Given Sunday.

  • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/3QC5D5BF4WTHUKBD5WSVNJVMXU JustinW

    Unlike Jerry Rice, Randy Moss has had MANY years of his career without HOF QBs throwing to him. Jerry Rice had  6 of his 21 year career with less than HOF QBs – 2 with Jeff Garcia, 3 with Rich Gannon, and 1 with Matt Hasselback. And of those 6 years, only Jeff Garcia was garbage…kind of. Randy Moss has had to play with some bad QBs, yes Tom Brady and Daunte Culpepper were really good when he was on thier teams, but nothing compared to what Rice had. I don’t think he is the best of all time, but there can be an argument made for his claim.

  • 102460troy

     If Moss had Montana and Young the majority of his career throwing passes to him his numbers would be similar or superior to Rice.  Moss has more raw talent or ability than Jerry Rice.

  • TheMokoda

    While I don’t agree with Moss’ comment about himself, the writer of this article spoke some pure-D Bullsh!t when he says a player’s career is defined (in part) by championships. Unless this guy just started watching NFL football last month, he shouldn’t need to be reminded of the following UNQUESTIONABLY great players who never won a championship:
    Jim Brown, Dan Marino, Barry Sanders, Dick Butkus, O.J. Simpson, John Unitas (sort of), Tony Gonzalez (maybe) Fran Tarkenton, Jim Kelly, Eric Dickerson, Bruce Smith, Deacon Jones, Bruce Matthews, Donovan McNabb…

    And not to mention a few who haven’t won a championship YET:
    Adrian Peterson, Larry Fitzgerald, Jared Allen, Darrelle Revis, Shawn Merriman, Brian Orakpo, Terrell Owens (may not get another shot), Brian Urlacher, Jason Witten, Antonio Gates…

    I could go on, but the point is made. You’d come off sounding both ignorant and a little bit stupid if you say these weren’t/aren’t great PLAYERS (they may or may not be great PERSONS, but their greatness in the game is undeniable).

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/4EIB2PYAXXK7EHWOCOYCPIE3VY paul w

    he sure was or is fun to watch ,he can say that without a doubt

  • Darwin Harris

    Catching deep balls was what Moss was known for.  Rice was more of a complete receiver…He may catch a quick hitch and take it the distance.  As well as a quick slant, deep in-route and the deep ball.  Rice was a better blocker on the corners also.  Moss was good, but not the greatest…Sorry Randy!  LOL

  • Clifford Burton

    If the team Randy Moss plays for ends up winning the Super Bowl
    later this week it won’t change my assessment of him as a player one iota
    whether his coach has the good sense to take advantage of his remaining gifts
    or not. And if, as you imply, the 49’ers win without Moss being on the field
    for a majority of the plays (and then used primarily as a decoy for the
    remainder of them), how can Moss—or anyone—use a Super Bowl victory as proof
    that he’is the greatest wide receiver ever? Well, he isn’t. That said, I’ve
    heard many NFL observers admit that Randy is the most talented deep
    threat who ever lived—including ESPN panelist Tom Jackson who played outside
    linebacker for the Broncos during the 70’s. But all of them, justifiably, stop
    short of saying that Moss was better than Rice.


    My slant on it is this: Jerry Rice was a better football player
    than Randy is or ever was—and for the most part a better professional as well.
    He ran near-perfect routes every time down the field, blocked selflessly and
    almost never took plays off. I can’t make ANY of those claims for Randy
    Moss. What I can say about Randy is that he’s made every catch I’ve ever
    seen Jerry Rice make—but several catches I’ve never seen Jerry (or any
    other deep threat) make. Just ask Chris Carter, who I consider the best
    possession receiver ever to don cleats. Also consider this. In 2007 when Randy
    Moss set the record for touchdown catches—albeit in two extra regular season
    games than Jerry had in HIS record-setting season—ESPN had a debate with
    their panelists to decide among them who had better hands—Moss or Rice. The
    conclusion they reached–even though Jerry Rice didn’t drop many passes
    himself–was that Randy had the better set of hands between the two of
    them—partly because they’re so large, and I’d agree. (Recall the statue outside
    the Metrodome that the Vikings had—and have since taken down—which showed Randy
    bent over from the waist after a reception with the heels of his hands by
    his hips, and the tips of his fingers by his knees… It’s NOT
    because Jerry dropped passes, but because Randy REPEATEDLY made catches
    that were nothing short of astonishing which none of his speedy contemporaries
    did—or else didn’t do nearly as often.


    As for his aggregate receiving yardage, I think you hit the nail
    on the head. I can guarantee you that if their situations were
    transposed (as you hinted below) and Jerry Rice had skittish Duante Culpepper
    throwing him passes (not to mention Randall Cunningham, and CFL-level passers
    like Todd Bouman, Spurgeon Wynn and, later, Kirk Collins) and Randy Moss had
    the privilege of Joe Montana and Steve Young throwing to him for the bulk of
    his career then, other things being equal, the record books would very
    likely have had Moss at the top of the heap in a variety of categories instead
    of Jerry Rice. And I haven’t even brought up rules changes or differences in
    systems that one player enjoyed over the other. In fewer words, in order to
    compare two players, the variables in the equation need to be the same—or at
    least very similar. And with the two receivers we’ve been discussing they
    clearly weren’t. But commentators rarely use their heads when they discuss
    this subject. That’s because many of them, I think, have an ingrained dislike
    of Moss as a human being. Whether it’s justified or not is irrelevant to the
    point under discussion. Accordingly, they frequently allow their biases against
    Moss to eclipse common sense. Incidentally, I’ve made similar arguments vis a
    vis Paul Warfield under Blanton Collier versus today’s receivers, and former
    World’s Fastest Human Bullet Bob Hayes under Tom Landry’s system versus stats today’s
    receivers compile in the pass-every-down air show they’re treated to nowadays.
    Both Collier’s and Landry’s comparatively stodgy offensive systems kept those
    receivers’ yardage totals from reflecting (and taking advantage of) how great
    they really were. Ordinary fans might be excused for not making certain
    connections, but today’s ditto heads in the sports media who are paid to know
    better often couldn’t sound much more ignorant on subjects like this if they
    were born an hour ago…


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