The Super Bowl media slop fest in in full force this week, and of course some lunatics have to jump on ANYTHING that they think will be controversial and try to make it a big deal. Well ... I'm not saying what Randy Moss said was a small deal or anything, but I am maybe saying that things are getting blown out of proportion a little bit.
When asked by interviewers if he thought he was the greatest receiver of all time this week during media interviews, San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Randy Moss had this to say:
"Now that I'm older, I do think I'm the greatest receiver to ever do it," Moss said, as you can see in the NFL Network clip above. "I don't think numbers stand. Because you can talk about this and this, I think I've had ... this year has been a down year for me statistically. The year before I retired was a down year, and Oakland was a down year. I don't really live on numbers I really live on impact and what you're able to do on that field.
"So I really do think I'm the greatest receiver to ever play this game."
Oh sir, you are just a national treasure. BUT. Is he right?
The internet got their expert panties in a bunch after these comments went live, because Jerry Rice is typically considered the hands down, greatest receiver to ever play the game. He holds more receiving records than Percy Harvin holds blunts at any given time. It's astounding. He's the Michael Jordan of the NFL, the Jack Nickalaus of golf, the Christian Ponder of shirtless men. To make that point, ESPN got all huffy on their SportsCenter Facebook page and put this handy graphic together to make themselves try and look cool:
Pfft! Numbers! What a bunch of nerd shit, if you ask me. While Randy may not be the GREATEST receiver of all time based on ARBITRARY perceptions of numbers, I ask you this ... Did Jerry Rice ever lateral a hail mary over his shoulder to Moe Williams before halftime to score a touchdown?
I didn't think so.
Also, keep in mind that Randy had quarterbacks like Brad Johnson and Andrew Walter throwing passes to him throughout his career. Think you could touch Jerry Rice's numbers when that shit was happening? Of course not. And I'm talking PRIME times during his career.
I don't think this is much of a conversation worth having, frankly. Randy Moss is a bad ass, and Jerry Rice is all huffy because someone made a comment that they made a similar impact on the game, at the same position, that Rice did. Big deal, a-hole. You can either be like, "Cool story, bro" and get over it, or go all Eric Dickerson and harp about how lovely it is to still have your record, even though the guy who almost broke it did it on one leg throughout the whole year.
I'm still really pissed about that, if you can't tell.
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Despite all the extrapolation, "nerdy math", and "what ifs", the bottom line is that Rice is still the best ever. If Randy had spent 100% of his time giving 100%, there's little doubt that he'd be close to surpassing Rice's numbers at this point of his career. Rice played for 60 while Randy spent an inordinate amount of time pouting, taking plays off and showboating. You're either "all in" with your teammates or not. Randy clearly was not. He could have gone out as the best ever but chose not to finish what he started. The Washington game was the last straw for me as a Moss fan. And to have the audacity to say he's best ever while wearing a 49er's jersey...that takes some seeds.
Randy Moss should/could have been the best reciever ever... but let's be serious, he isn't. A little more mental focus and better QBs, and he probably would have been. He's still a STUD though, and definitely top 5 all-time. Straight ca$h.
Jerry is Jerry but Randy is Randy. Jerry went from HOFer QB to HOFer QB. Look at what Randy did in a couple of years with Tom Brady. Imagine a whole career of that. Randy changed football. Changed the way people drafted, changed the way people played defense & changed the way police officers pull over professional athletes.
Did Jerry ever go 3 receptions for 163 yards & 3 TDs on Thanksgiving. I don't think so. Best ever? Straight Cash Homie.
@baffled1 I'm not gonna lie, Jerry Rice is one of my most favoritest Non-Purple Jesus athletes ever. He was such a stud.
@CollegeWolf You watch your god damn mouth.
@MikeFromWinnipeg I like your style. Frankly, this isn't even a conversation. Jerry Rice was Tim Brown, basically. And Tim Brown is a moron.
(just kidding, I really like Jerry Rice too, but my pants get amazingly slippery for Randy)
@CollegeWolf Agree 100%. While Randy had athletic skills and could outrun and outjump most defenders, he never really seemed to dominate opponents. Rice, on the other hand, always seemed to impose HIS WILL on the other guys. Big difference.
@PJD Lolz! I still love him though.
Like come on. Put Randy in his prime during the same era Jerry played in. Randy would tear it up. But the big thing about looking at the stats is that they’re different receivers. Randy was a homerun hitter & Jerry was a possession guy. Jerry had 567 yards more than Randy for 7603 & 41 more TDs. Jerry averaged 14.8 yards per catch & a TD every 7.9 catches. Randy averaged 15.6 yards per catch & a TD every 6.3 catches. Jerry played 19 seasons. Randy has played 13 seasons. So over a career Jerry averaged 81.5 yards, 1205 yards & 10.3 TDs. Randy averages 75.5, 1176.3 yards & 12 TDs a season. So a pure (NERDY MATHEMATICAL) comparison of the two players, if Randy played 6 more seasons to equal Jerry he would have 453 more catches, 7058 yards & 72 TDs. This would give Randy final career numbers of 1435 receptions, 22,350 & 228 TDs. So yeah Jerry has more yards & receptions because he is a possession receiver. But Randy destroys him in TDs because he is a homerun hitter. So in conclusion Randy is better than Jerry. Sorry Jerry.
Jerry is still awesome...
@baffled1 Very true.
@MikeFromWinnipeg I feel like I was just explained quantum physics or something, and I believe it.