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The players from both Super Bowl teams have been grilled by the media all week in New Orleans. And when it was Randy Moss' turn to speak, he didn't disappoint, proclaiming himself as the greatest receiver in NFL history.
Randy Moss has always been known for his ego. That ego is also what has him as the most well known NFL player for taking plays off when he doesn't feel like he's getting the ball enough. It's that mentality that had him bouncing around different NFL teams over the past few years.
Two of those years was spent in Oakland. The second of which, he flat out gave up on his team, forcing them to trade him to the Patriots for a fourth round draft pick.
But Moss would like everyone to forget about his transgressions. He would like to revise his history as a problem child and a diva and just call those "down years" and seems to honestly believe he is the greatest receiver this game have ever seen.
"Now that I'm older, I do think that I'm the greatest receiver ever to ever do it," said Moss. "I don't think numbers stand because you can talk about this and this and I've had... this year has been a down year for me based statistically, the year before I retired was a down year and then Oakland was a down year. So, I don't really live on numbers, I really live on impact and what you're able to do out on that field, so I really do think that I'm the greatest receiver to every play this game."
Not surprisingly, this had the real Greatest of All Time, and another former Raider receiver, Jerry Rice, being asked what he thought of Randy's comments. And he put he who a rolling stone would not gather into his place as only Jerry Rice can.
"I'm very surprised that Randy Moss used that in those words that he's the greatest," said Rice. "You would never hear me say I'm the greatest football player to ever play the game, I let my body of work speak for itself and I think I was able to be very productive out on the football field. I know he said ‘I'm not gonna let stats or anything else impact what I was able to accomplish on the football field' but you have to look at the stats. You have to look at how you impacted the game. And it's all about winning... the Super Bowl. I was very fortunate to win three. So, Randy, he finally has the chance to prove himself this weekend and I wish him the best."
Jerry Rice played in four Super Bowls. He won the first three with the 49ers and lost the fourth as a member of the Raiders. Randy Moss will be playing in his second Super Bowl. The last time, his Patriots team was beaten by the Giants.
He will now have his second and likely his last chance to add a ring to his body of work. He is hoping that ring is shiny enough to blind everyone of all his NFL misdeeds over the years.