Media Day at the Super Bowl never fails to disappoint because at some point some player is going to say something ridiculous, today it just so happens to be San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Randy Moss. During the 49ers portion of time dedicated to the media, Moss proclaimed himself the best wide receiver in NFL history.
“I do think I’m the greatest receiver ever to play this game.”
There you have it, Moss in his own words, thinks he’s the best wide receiver ever to play and it’s on tape everywhere so he can’t claim to be misquoted. I really like Randy Moss as a receiver and I have for years but his claim is downright ludacris. Jerry Rice is thought of as not only the best receiver in the history of the game but he’s also regarded as maybe the best player ever in the NFL so Moss’ claim seems way off base.
Don’t take my word for it though, just take look at the numbers and see if they agree with Moss. Jerry Rice is the NFL’s all-time leader in receptions (1,549), receiving yards (22,895), touchdown receptions (197) and total touchdowns (208). Moss is ninth on the receptions list with 982, third in receiving yards at 15, 292 and second in touchdown catches with 154; so Moss ranks behind Rice is every major category over the course of their careers. Rice has also won three Super Bowl rings compared to the zero titles that Moss has won. I’m not sure I need to go any further because it’s obvious that Rice was the better wide receiver.
It’s fine that Moss has confidence in his career and he should be proud of the things he accomplished but he’s not a better player than Rice. One of the best receivers ever, he’s in the conversation. Could he be the starting receiver opposite Jerry Rice at wide receiver if we’re picking the best team in the history of the game, maybe. Best wide receiver ever? No.
And I’ll put straight cash on that homey.
you can chat with or follow Ben on twitter @BenGrimaldi