Randy Moss has always been the guy who is not afraid to give a good sound bite at a press conference, and he didn’t dissappoint at Super Bowl Media Day on Tuesday. While Moss was answering questions, he said that he does believe he’s the greatest WR of all-time. No, he didn’t forget about Jerry Rice. The man who has been known as “The Freak” simply stated that when it comes down to being an impact player, nobody ever had a bigger impact than he did at that position. EVER. Strong words, but people in Minnesota and New England already know that this is who Randy is, and it’s not really a bad thing. This guy has had this kind of confidence since he barnstormed the league in 1998. So could Randy actually be better than Jerry?
Jerry Rice owns every significant receiving record that exists, including receptions, yards, and touchdowns. The San Fran legend won three Super Bowls with the 49ers and went to another one with the Raiders. Moss has yet to win a Super Bowl, but will play in his second with Jerry’s old team. A little ironic to be sure, should Moss win wearing the same colors that Rice helped make iconic back in the 1980′s. The numbers that Rice put up will never be equalled, even in this pass-happy new millenium NFL. Does that help or hurt Randy’s claim that he is the best ever? Is there any evidence that would support his statement?
The first arguement anybody standing up for Moss would make is that he didn’t play with Joe Montana and Steve Young for most of his career. Daunte Culpepper was a 3-time Pro Bowler while he was there, but he is nowhere close to Young, much less Montana. Throw in Randall Cunningham, Jeff George, and a little Brad Johnson, and you have some guys that have had good years in the NFL, but again there are no Hall of Famer’s here. After being traded from the Vikings to Oakland and floundering, which is common for anyone playing for the Raiders, Moss landed in New England in 2007. In his first season with a Hall of Fame QB(Tom Brady), he broke Rice’s single season record for TD catches with 23. During his first six seasons, Moss also had a slight advantage over Rice, with 8,375 yards to 7,866. Jerry did hold a 2TD edge during his first six years, however, 79-77. Randy holds a career advantage of 15.6 YPC to Rice’s 14.8, and he holds the NFL record for most seasons with at least 17TD’s receiving, with 3(2007, 2004, 1998). No doubt Randy Moss is one of the greatest players to ever wear an NFL uniform at any position.
As far as a career goes, Jerry Rice is the best ever. Yet, if we are talking about a deep threat, Moss is the best ever. Even now, in his 14th NFL season, he is drawing double, sometimes triple coverage. And while he gave the media sound bites at Media Day, he has been a model citizen all season, and indications are that he might return next year. The 49er’s have a great chemistry despite all of their QB contraversy, and their star receiver, Michael Crabtree, has certainly benefitted from the tutiledge of Moss. It’s definitely a little weird seeing Randy as the “old guy”, but don’t be surprised if the veteran makes a huge play in the big game
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Written by Sean Eckhardt
Univ of Alabama alumni. Born and raised outside Chicago, IL. Currently live in Florida. Some of my favorite teams include the Chicago Cubs, Minnesota Vikings, Miami Heat, and the Florida Panthers. My interests outside of sports include music, outdoor activities, and anything with a motor(cars, bikes, boats, etc...).