Through much of the last couple of decades, jerry Rice has sat firmly atop in the GOAT wide receiver discussion. Fellow Hall of Famer Randy Moss recently stirred the pot by making his stake to that prestigious claim. It didn’t take long for the former San Francisco 49ers great to shut down the conversation entirely.
Randy Moss feels he’s the greatest WR of all-time
Randy Moss has never been a player to lack confidence in his ability on a football field.
Despite him having played his last NFL game nearly a decade ago, Moss still holds a tremendously high perspective concerning his NFL career. During a recent interview on Terrell Owen’s “Getcha Popcorn Ready” podcast, he stated that he is the greatest wide receiver in league history.
“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 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.”
Beyond Moss’ statistical dominance, he was a mismatch nightmare for opposing defenses due to his size, speed, and big-play ability. He holds numerous NFL records, such as most receiving touchdowns in a season (23), most receiving yards before his 30th birthday (10,700), and tied for the league mark with nine seasons with at least 10 touchdown catches.
All this chatter didn’t take long for Jerry Rice to respond to Moss’ strong remarks.
Jerry Rice shuts down the GOAT Talk
Since the entire situation cropped up, Jerry Rice has taken the high road when it comes to the GOAT conversation.
Rice recently discussed the matter during an interview on 95.7 The Game in San Francisco earlier this week.
“Well, this is what I tried to say to the fans and say to everyone, it was not about me being The GOAT. I don’t care if I’m the one, the second or third receiver. It was all about me winning Super Bowls for the city of San Francisco, my teammates and my family. I was able to win three Super Bowls. I was MVP. I pretty much hold every record right now and he continues to say it’s political or whatever.
“If Randy wants to be No. 1, that’s fine. There are so many GOATs. If T.O. wants to be No. 2, that’s fine. But my main thing is it was all about the rings, the championships. That’s why we play the game. Nothing can phase me. People can say whatever they want to say. I never left anything on the football field and I was able to bring so much excitement to so many lives just by catching a football. So, I don’t care about all that other stuff. People can say whatever, man.”
Rice is well aware that his resume speaks for itself, given all the impressive NFL records and feats he holds. Many of which may never be broken for years to come. He also has tremendous respect for what Randy Moss and Terrell Owens put together throughout their respective careers.
Rice accomplished what he did on the football field through his sheer competitive nature and passion for the game beyond his tremendous talent. His pure focus was on competing for Super Bowl and letting his play speak for itself. There is no reason in his mind to let the conversation linger on any further.
What is also lost in translation here is that Moss’ comments are no shot at Rice, but rather the utmost confidence in his ability. It’s part of what elevated his game to the next level as he had supreme belief in himself.
Resume speaks for itself
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Jerry Rice is the epitome of competitiveness through his passion and dedication to the game of football.
However, Rice’s production can hold the candle on its own as no other wide receiver in league history has come close to matching his overall numbers. He remarkable sustained his high level of play through his early 40s, which only adds another layer to his greatness.
There have been many tremendous talents in the league at wide receiver, but many of Rice’s statistics remain the gold standard for the position. Rice is first in NFL history with 1,549 receptions, 22,895 receiving yards, 208 total touchdowns, and 14 seasons with at least 1,000 receiving yards. He is currently more than 5,000 receiving yards of any player in league history with ranking second all-time Larry Fitzgerald (17,464).
Rice’s 197 career receiving touchdowns are more than 40 more each than Randy Moss (156) and Terrell Owens (153), who rank second and third all-time, respectively. Ultimately, it’s hard to deny the statistical dominance that the former 49ers great put forth that will forever leave him firmly in the NFL GOAT discussion.