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.