Randy Moss is playing in yet another Super Bowl, so it’s not his first time in front of a global audience. While he didn’t pull a Joe Flacco-like slip of the tongue, Moss did say something that rubbed a few people –at least one in particular– the wrong way. Speaking in front of the Super Bowl media, Moss said that he is the greatest wide receiver of all-time, but 49ers legend Jerry Rice seems to disagree with him.
Randy Moss said he’s the greatest all-time WR. To which @jerryrice just said, “Put my numbers up against his numbers.”
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) January 29, 2013
The numbers don’t lie, and while all of the respect most of us had for Rice went down the toilet when he openly said Bill Callahan threw the Super Bowl, Rice is still the best receiver of all-time.
But Moss is a very close.
Rice is without a doubt the best receiver to ever play the game, and while Moss may be very close to him, the field get very cluttered once you step beyond Rice’s name. Moss has the single season touchdown record, he’s less than 1,000 yards from having the second most yards of all-time and he’s currently got the second most career touchdowns locked up for quite some time.
But if you do look at the numbers, Moss is second best to only one guy — Jerry Rice.
One thing that Moss can boast is how fast he did everything he’s done. While Rice has over 5,000 more career yards than Moss and more than 40 touchdowns, Moss did everything he’s done in 567 less receptions than Rice while playing 5 years fewer than Rice did — and Moss is still going.
Plus, Moss pays his fines in “straight cash, homie” and for giving us that sound bite alone, Moss deserves to be the greatest.
But still, both of them are going to the Hall of Fame and both of them are regarded as the best to have played the game. The only difference is Moss was historically more in your face than Rice was. But if Rice keeps barfing out these conspiracy theories about Super Bowls, it won’t be long before they’re on the same level in more than just one way.