Although I am a hardcore, avid sports fan I really try to stay away from commenting on sports. Occasionally I will respond to a comment I see after an article or call someone out that says something that they really had no business saying, but never did I think I would find myself writing about it. When I heard what Randy Moss had to say during the media frenzied Superbowl Week, I felt I had no other choice but to take action.
First of all I’m going to give Moss the benefit of the doubt, I can only imagine how much hype, pomp and circumstance is surrounding the week before the Superbowl. Besides all of the hype, the media loves to put clebrities and athletes in a position where they will say something silly or over the top. Over the top doesn’t even begin to describe what Randy Moss said. No matter what the hype, no matter what type of uphoria is surrounding the situation, what Moss said was absolutely absurd. As I arrived at the office this morning my friend and coworker’s first words were, “Did you hear what Randy Moss said?”. Yes I did.
For those of you that don’t know Randy Moss stated he was the best wide receiver to ever play the game. His exact quote was, “I really think I’m the greatest receiver to ever play the game”. I was so flabbergasted by his comment, I wasn’t sure what to say. For one there are many positions in the game of football, who the “greatest ever” in each position is up for debate, but unfortunately for Moss, receiver is not one of them. Hey, you can argue who was the best quarterback. Some will say Montana, some will argue Favre, but when it comes to receiver there will always to be, without an argument, a concensus. So everyone reading this knows exactly who is the greatest, and who I’m talking about. I could give you stats of THE GREATEST and tell you how he came from a small Mississippi town and how he had to go to a small historicaly black college because no major institution offered him a scholarship. I could tell you how THE GREATEST was part of possibly the greatest quarterback – wide receiver tandum in the history of college football. I could also tell you that THE GREATEST played every down like his spot on the roster was in jeopardy and his offseason training regiment would make an Ironman blush. I could tell you that the three time Superbowl Champion and Super Bowl XXIII MVP was a first ballot Hall of Famer who has more records than a 1970’s disco radio station. But I don’t have to, because anyone with “sense enough to walk around” knows Jerry Rice is the GREATEST WIDE RECEIVER to ever play the game. I think even Jerry’s response to the quote epitomizes his career. Jerry Rice said, “I feel like my body of work, it speaks for itself, and what I was able to accomplish on the football field. I pretty much leave everything up to the fans. If they want to say I was the greatest receiver to play the game, then that’s okay. If they want to say I’m the greatest football player to ever play the game, that’s okay. I never felt like I had to say that, and those words are not going to come out of my mouth”. Your exactly right Jerry, and everyone with sense enough to get out of the rain knows as well.
Let’s take things even a step further. Even though Randy has played on six different teams he is mostly known for his time on the Minnesota Vikings. You can argue that one season in New England may have been his best single season to date but his best years of consistent play was while he was in Minnesota. So that bring’s me to my next point. Randy Moss should for starters worry about being the best receiver on the team is known for. It is up for debate whether Moss is even the best receiver in the history of the franchise for which he is most known. A good argument could be made that Cris Carter is a better receiver than Moss. Take it one step further he may have not been the best receiver on the team he is most known at the time he was on the team. Remember for two or three seasons, Moss and Carter were on the roster together. Now that may be a stretch because Carter’s career was ending as Moss’s was beginning but you understand my point. How can Moss argue he is the best ever if one can argue the above.
The last point I want to make concerning his ridiculous claim is the platform in which he did it. We all know who was the greatest ever and where did he play? Yep, for the San Francisco 49ers. Moss had the audacity to get up in front of the media and make his claim while wearing the same uniform that Jerry Rice wore! I don’t see how anyone was able to keep a straight face, including Moss, while making this ridiculous claim. Jerry Rice is not only the greatest ever, he is also the most gracious as well. Jerry should have responded by saying that if Randy Moss even dreamed of saying he was the best receiver ever, he should immediately wake up and call Jerry and apologize.
Just my dos centavos.
I am The Modern Day Machiavelli.