Originally posted on Football Nation  |  Last updated 1/29/13
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 touchdown receptions during that 11 year span.  Rice also was able to pull in over 100 receptions in 4 seasons including 3 straight.Rice also set many different single season receiving records during that span including touchdown receptions, 22, and receiving yards, 1,848. Rice also holds many different career records that still stand today.  Those records include receptions, touchdowns, and yards.Now on to Mr. Moss.  Moss was drafted by the Vikings in 1998 and immediately started to show his skills.  Moss started his career with 6 straight 1,000 yard seasons and had a career best 1,632 yards on 111 receptions and tying a then career best 17 touchdowns. Moss would play one more season with Minnesota before leaving the team and signing with Oakland in 2005.While in Oakland, Moss' production was not up to his or Oakland's standards and after two years he was traded to New England where his career found new life.  In his first season, Moss broke Jerry Rice's single season touchdown record with 23 and helped the Patriots and Tom Brady achieve a perfect 16-0 regular season record.  Moss would spend two more seasons with New England before leaving in 2010 after 4 games for brighter pastures.The season of 2010 was something that Moss would most likely prefer to forget.  Moss would play for 3 different teams in 2010 and only manage a total of 28 receptions and 5 touchdowns.  This was easily his worst season of his career. After that season, Moss decided to retire and ride off into the sunset.  Until this season when he decided to make a comeback and sign with the 49ers.For his career, Moss has 982 receptions for 15,292 yards and 157 total touchdowns for his career.  Rice has 1,549 receptions for 22,895 yards and 208 total touchdowns.So by this writer's calculations, Randy Moss is not the best receiver in the history of the NFL.  Jerry Rice is the best receiver in history.  The only one that could challenge his career records is probably Calvin Johnson.  But only time will tell that.
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