All season long despite having a minimal role in the San Francisco 49ers offense receiver Randy Moss has played the good soldier. Cited over and over by coaches and teammates for being a good teammate, a mentor to the younger wideouts and the team in general, this was a turning the page of sorts for Moss who has made a career of bad behavior.
Recently Moss came out and said that he wanted another year in the NFL; head coach Jim Harbaugh stated that he would like to have Moss back with the team next season. Then Moss made two comments that reminds me of his old self. First he hinted at being displeased with his role this season and was noncommittal when asked if he wanted to return to the Niners. For any star that’s understandable I guess, bad timing for the comment sure but understandable. Then came one of the dumbest comments he’s ever spoken when he claimed to be the best WR of all time.
“I don’t really live on numbers. I really live on impact and what you’re able to do out on that field. I really do think that I’m the greatest receiver to ever play this game.” NFL.com
I don’t need to tell 49er fans this but Jerry Rice is the best receiver of all time. Even Moss who has had a great, HOF career doesn’t touch Rice’s career statistics. Aside from numbers, Rice was a model citizen both with San Fran and the Oakland Raiders, nothing like Moss who was a cancer on several NFL teams.
Before today I was pro bringing Moss back, he’s been a good mentor/teammate and has done the job asked of him. Now, I think the organization should let Sunday be his last game and publicly declare after the big game that they are moving on without him next season.
Rice told ESPN’s Adam Schefter, “Put my numbers up against his numbers.” Let’s do just that and compare the stats of the real GOAT and Moss just for fun.
Rice: 20 seasons, 303 games, 1,549 receptions, 5.1 rec/game, 22,895 yards, 14.8 yards per rec, 75.6, 197 TD’s. Four Superbowl appearances, three rings. All time leader in pretty much all statistical categories for receivers and NFL all time leader in TD’s, receptions and yards just to name a few.
Moss: 14 seasons, 218 games, 982 receptions, 4.5 rec/game, 15,292 yards, 15.6 yards per rec, 70.1 yards per game, 156 TD’s. One Superbowl appearance prior to this year with zero rings, ran off by five teams due to poor attitude/bad behavior (Vikings twice, Raiders, Patriots, Titans).