San Francisco 49ers receiver, Randy Moss, stirred things up this week, after making the claim that he's the greatest wide receiver in NFL history.
While legendary Niners WR Jerry Rice holds the multiple All-Time NFL records, Moss says he's made more of an impact. Hmmm...
"I don't really live on numbers. I really live on impact and what you're able to do out on that field, so I really do think I'm the greatest receiver ever to play this game," Moss said on Tuesday (January 29). "Back when Jerry was playing -- and no disrespect to Jerry Rice, because he's arguably the greatest. But for me to go out and revolutionize the game from a single safety to a 'Cover 2' to dropping four guys deep and still be able to make a difference, I really feel in my heart and my mind that I am the greatest receiver to ever play the game."
The comments garnered an immediate response from Jerry Rice, who is now an ESPN analyst. He pointed out that his impact on the game resulted in three Super Bowl rings. Moss is still chasing his first.
"I impacted the game by winning Super Bowls," Rice said. "Randy is still trying and I wish him the best, but I was very surprised that he said he's the best receiver to ever play the game. I leave that up to my fans to make that statement."
Not only does Rice have more Championship rings, his numbers dwarf Moss' by a longshot.
In 20 NFL seasons, Rice racked up 1,549 career receptions, 22,895 receiving yards, and 197 career touchdowns, leading the all-time list in all three categories. He also earned 13 Pro Bowls selections, made First Team All-Pro 10 times, won three Super Bowl rings and 1 Super Bowl MVP, and made the Hall of Fame.
For Moss... well, in 14 seasons, he has 982 career receptions, 15,292 receiving yards, 156 career touchdown catches, went to 7 Pro Bowls, and was named All-Pro 5 times. No rings for Moss.
Moss responded to Rice, saying he didn't want to debate, but stood by his comments.
"What I said is what I felt, and I don't want to get into a shouting match with Jerry Rice or anybody," Moss said Wednesday (January 30). "It's my personal opinion. [Rice] has the numbers, but I don't believe in numbers. In today's society, it's how we measure athletes or teams -- on rings. I don't base it that way. I changed the game. But I'm not trying to make it all about me."
What do you think? Who's the greatest WR of all-time? Rice or Moss?