Moss made some waves during media day when he said he thought he was the greatest receiver ever. Well, it turns out that Rice is in New Orleans as part of ESPN's Super Bowl coverage, and the subject was obviously brought up to Rice, who thought what most everyone else did.
"I’m very surprised Randy Moss used that in those words, that he’s the greatest," Rice said on ESPN's "NFL Live." "You’d never hear me say I’m the greatest football player to ever play the game. I let my body of work speak for itself, and I think I was able to be very productive on the football field.
Moss said that he can't be defined by stats, but that seemed to flummox Rice as well.
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"You have to look at the stats, you have to look at how you impacted the game, and it’s all about winning this right here, this is it, the Super Bowl, and I was fortunate to win three," said Rice, who was rightfully ranked No. 1 on the NFL Network's ranking of the top 100 players of all time in 2010. "Randy he finally has a chance to prove himself this weekend, and I wish him the best."
So that's settled. But where does Moss rank among the GOATs? Well, here's a stab at it:
No need discussing this further.
2. Don Hutson
The thing about Moss is what might have been. What if he hadn't mailed in the Oakland part of his career, what if he hadn't had such a bad attitude that seemed to overshadow what he did on the field at times, and so forth. But here's a list: Rice, Emmitt Smith, LaDainian Tomlinson. The answer? The only human beings with more NFL touchdowns than Moss' 157. And let's not forget, if not for David Tyree, Moss would have a fourth-quarter game-winning catch in a Super Bowl to go with his other tremendous accomplishments.
4. Calvin Johnson
5. Lance Alworth
Tough call over Terrell Owens and Marvin Harrison, but Alworth dominated his era. Alworth led the AFL in either receptions, receiving yards or receiving touchdowns three times each and was first-team All-Pro six straight seasons from 1963-68. He averaged a staggering 18.9 yards per catch, impressive for a guy who was in the top seven of the league in receptions seven straight seasons.
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