One player on the 49ers that is taking full advantage of the spotlight is veteran wide receiver and future Hall of Famer Randy Moss.
Moss isn’t a fan of the media, but made a bold statement recently that created a stir with comments about his legacy via Josh Alper of Pro Football Talk:
“I do think I’m the greatest receiver ever to play this game,” Moss said.
Although Moss hasn’t been the same in terms of production on the field since being traded to the Minnesota Vikings back in 2010.
After his successful stint with the Patriots came to an end, Moss’ reunion with the Vikings didn’t go as well as expected. The veteran wide receiver never saw eye-to-eye with the Vikings’ coaching staff and as a result was released shortly after being traded to Minnesota.
Moss ultimately ended up signing with the Tennessee Titans and became a non-factor on the team. The perennial Pro Bowler decided to call it a career after bouncing around the league from the Patriots to the Vikings and eventually landing with the Titans in 2010.
Once officially retired, Moss was in the conversation for the greatest wide receiver of all time. Although in the conversation, no one considered Moss ahead of Hall of Famer and three-time Super Bowl champion Jerry Rice in that category.
Ironically enough, Rice was inducted to the Hall of Fame the same year Moss first retired in 2010.
There’s no question that Moss’ numbers are among the best in NFL history amongst wide receivers, but falls short of Rice in multiple categories. Rice currently holds the record for career receptions (1,549), receiving yards (22,895) and receiving touchdowns (197). Moss currently has 156 touchdowns, 15,292 yards and 982 receptions.
Moss will be playing in the second Super Bowl of his career on Sunday and reportedly has no plans to retire after the game.