NFL Hall of Famer Randy Moss ranked himself as the greatest wide receiver of all time – ahead of Jerry Rice – in a recent podcast with Terrell Owens.
“I’ll put myself first, I’ll put T.O. second. Jerry’s probably third or fourth,” Moss said Friday on Owens’ “Getcha Popcorn Ready” podcast.
Rice is widely considered to be the greatest receiver of all time based on his statistics: 1,549 career receptions; 22,895 career receiving yards; 197 career receiving touchdowns;208 total touchdownsand 23,546 career all-purpose yards. Rice also won three Super Bowls while Moss had none.
Moss’ logic was that statistics overshadow true greatness and raw talent.
“I’m talking about dominating the game and changing the game of football,” Moss said. “I don’t live on statistics because if you live on statistics and live on championships, that’s all political.
“You’ve seen guys released or cut from a team just by a couple words in the media. You’ve seen guys not given contracts just because of the color of their skin. You’ve got to throw politics out of the game of football, and look at the impact of what each individual was able to make in the game of football.”
Rice’s son, Jerry Rice Jr., took to Twitter to argue his father’s merit as the greatest over Moss, writing in one exchange: “Most talented of course (Moss). But not goat.”