Originally written on Football Nation  |  Last updated 10/21/14
Randy Moss has made news yet again.  This time it was about something he said during Super Bowl Media Day on Tuesday and not what he did on the field.During the Tuesday Media Day activities, Randy Moss was asked where he thought he ranked in NFL History.  Moss quickly answered with "Now that I'm older, I do think I'm the greatest receiver to ever do it."  Moss is certainly one of the best but is he the best.  Most people would give that title to Jerry Rice.Now I have no problem with someone thinking they CAN be the best ever.  Especially if they work at being the best and can prove on a weekly basis that they are the best.  So with that in mind, I decided to compare the two receivers and see what people really think.Let's start with Jerry Rice.  Jerry Rice played a total of 20 seasons.  Most of those seasons were spent in San Francisco. In those 20 years, Rice had 14 different 1,000 yard seasons including 11 in a row.  Rice also had 9 seasons of at least 10 tou...
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  • Both receivers poses/ed extraordinary talent. Clearly Jerry is better at expressing himself. The comparison using the stats that everyone feels comfortable with is horribly misleading. Raw talent, 40 time Moss 4.25 vs 4.6. vertical jump Moss 43 vs 38 and bench reps with 220, Moss 27 vs 20. These stats vary from article to article and document to document. At 6'4" & 218 lbs vs 6'2" 198 lbs, it is safe to say that Randy Moss is bigger, stronger and faster than Jerry Rice. In Jerrys first 15 years in the league he basically had two HOF quarterbacks. Garcia and Grbac mopped up from time to time but Steve Young and Joe Montana fed Jerry over 81% of the passes he caught. The 49ers were a better team. Imagine Brady to Moss for 15 years. You mentioned Randy started his career with six straight 1,00 yard seasons. You failed to mentioned that was the first time that had ever taken place. Additionally in those first six years with Minnesota while setting that record he caught passes from 11 different quarterbacks. Names like Spergon Wynn, Todd Bauman, Gus Ferotte, Bubby Brister were spinnin it. Jeff George, Jay Fiedler, Randall Cunningham and Brad Johnson called the plays on their way out of the league. Culpepper rode Randy Mosses' talent. Jerry rode the talent of Montana and Young. Randy Moss has accomplished his stats with more than 21 different quarterbacks. That is staggering. Joe Montana and Steve young for 15 straight years with the likes of Randy Cross, Roger Craig, Ricky Watters and Ronnie Lott, Charles Haley and Bill Romanowsky on the roster makes its hard to put much credence in rings as a means on comparison.
    If the standard of yards, TD's, catches etc is what you use to judge by, Jerry wins. Who is the best? Randy Moss. 10 years with Brady would change the comparison significantly.
    If I were choosing sides for a football game and Randy Moss and Jerry Rice were standing there, I'd pick Moss as would Madden.
  • Rice is the better receiver w/o question & it's not even close honestly. Rice caught 22 of Montana's career best 31tds & Rice only played 12 games. In their 1st SB together, Rice had 215 of Joe's 357yds & in their 2nd SB Rice had 1/2 of Joe's yds & caught 3 of his 5tds. When Joe went to KC the most tds he had in a season was 16. Rice was also a way more effective runner on end arounds throughout his career too. When Rice was 40 he had over 90 catches & over 1200yds w/a mediocre QB who had never put up HOF #s his entire career & he lead the team in receiving in the SB & had a 48yd td catch AT AGE 40 dude. Are u serious? Rice also played in a very balanced offense that didn't throw the ball a ton & he still avgd more yds, tds, yac & receptions per season than Moss & he has longer td scores than Mr. Deep Threat as well. Moss went to 2 SBs & was virtually a non factor in both while Rice was the best player on his team & made a huge impact in all 4 of his appearances. 4 SB appearances, 8tds & 589yds 3wins & a SB MVP. Mr. I play when I wanna play is faster can run really fast & could jump high but his inability to elevate his game puts him light yrs behind Rice. As a matter of fact, Culpepper's best season by far was when Moss was injured & only had 49 catches. Daunte threw for 4700yds & 39tds to just 11ints that yr. No QB ever had a better season w/o Rice than w/him. Rice's 4.6 40 is irrelevant when he has a 96yd receiving td & several rec tds of 80yds or more compared to Moss 1 rec td of 80yds or more.
  • For comments by endoverend. The question is not what would have been if he would have had who ever as quarterback. Randy Moss may very well have been considered the G.O.A.T (Greatest Of All Times) if it were not for his inability to get along with his teammates and respective powers within the organization which was a contributing factor as to why he is no longer with Tom Brady.The other factor is that Unfortunately in today's era football is more or less a business from the top to the bottom (10% love of the game 90% money).When you are a constant cancer within the organization and the instant you dont produce one game or one season teams find a to get rid of you ever more so when they can save money .He should retire right now because the last two teams he has player with he has played with he's been marginal at best, and the teams that do pick him up are being nostalgic about his diminished skills and are unaware of his locker room professionalism or the lack of . Heck for that matter T.O.(whom I really liked as a player on the field) could have been the best to.But,well you know how that story ends.Being considered the best is marked by the bottom line(overall stats)and professionalism.
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