Randy Moss says he's the best, but won't let us think of him that way
The Kansas City Star
NEW ORLEANS — Unless he impacts the Super Bowl in a way he hasn’t impacted any game this season, we will probably remember Randy Moss’ time here by his overzealous braggadocio that he’s the greatest receiver to ever play.
Moss turned himself into something of a punchline — look at former teammate Bryant McKinnie’s reaction in this column — and he did it to himself so he’s ineligible for sympathy.
But it’s still too bad.
Because as silly as it is to say Moss is better than Jerry Rice, he has a case as the second-best receiver of all-time. Certainly, he might be the most talented. The best athlete.
But what Moss’ assertion does more than anything is cloud what he’s been about within the 49ers. Michael Crabtree, the 49ers best receiver, said he was “honored” to play next to Moss. If you ask Crabtree for a memory of watching Moss play, he’ll talk about going up for a catch and telling the defensive back he got “Moss’d.”
In a different context, maybe we’d be hearing more about this other stuff with Moss. Lewis is the Ravens’ old veteran with a Canton induction ceremony on the way, just like Moss with the 49ers.
This is probably the last time we’ll see Moss in a Super Bowl. He’s been a good enough player that we should be talking about one of the NFL’s great careers. Instead, we’re talking about another silly thing he said to distract us from the point.