San Francisco 49ers WR Randy Moss has had an interesting career. He’s likely headed to Canton once his career is finally finished, but he has never shunned controversy throughout his playing career. A colorful and flamboyant receiver, Moss has created a buzz on and off the field wherever he has played in his career. Tuesday, he created a new buzz, proclaiming himself as the greatest receiver in NFL history.
At Super Bowl XLVII Media Day in New Orleans, Moss made the revelation that he believes he is the best of all time at his position. “Now that I’m older, I do think I’m the greatest receiver to ever do it. I don’t think numbers stand because you talk about this and this. This year has been a down year for me statistically. The year before I retired was down year and then Oakland was a down year. So I really don’t live on numbers. I live on impact and what you’re able to do on the field, so I really do think that I’m the greatest receiver to ever play this game,” Moss told reporters willing to listen on Tuesday.
Numbers wise, Moss is third all-time in receiving yards and second in touchdowns scored. Impact receiver? Yes. Game changer? Yes. In his prime, Moss was an complete animal. Greatest of all time? No.
Moss was a selfish, broodish player. Moss was known for taking plays off during games. He was never known as the quintessential team player, everything was seemingly always about him. Moss also holds the record of being the only player to play for three NFL teams in one season.
A great receiver? Of course. The greatest of all time? Not by a long shot. That title rightfully belongs to Jerry Rice despite what Randy thinks of himself.