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Michael Irvin Loses His Mind Over Moss vs. Rice Debate

Randy Moss really started something here. Last week, the Hall of Fame receiver declared himself the best ever to play the position. It’s good to have confidence, but Moss took things too far when he listed Jerry Rice at “third or fourth” best.

That last statement has sparked debate and outrage. Rice, himself, has hilariously responded to the Moss rankings, as have others, such as Tyreek Hill and countless fans. Now, it’s Michael Irvin’s turn.

The Hall-of-Fame-receiver-turned-sports-commentator had a few things to say about the seemingly endless debate. On Wednesday, he joined the Damon, Ratto and Kolsky show on 95.7 The Game.

“Jerry Rice is the greatest of all time,” Irvin said, via NBC Sports. “If anybody says anything other than that, they need to see some kind of doctor to examine his cranium. Period.”

Talk about bringing the heat. Irvin not only sticks his “Rice is the GOAT” flag in the ground, but he also questions the sanity of anyone who doesn’t agree with him.

Statistically, there is no doubt who the GWROAT is.

Rice has the NFL record for:

  • Career receptions (1,549)
  • Career receiving yardage (22,895)
  • Career receiving touchdowns (197)

Irvin doesn’t just call Rice the greatest receiver of all time, however. He says that Rice is the greatest player ever, regardless of position.

“You gotta pay homage to what this man has done,” Irvin continued. “This shouldn’t even be a discussion. I got Jerry Rice up there with the greatest player ever, period. I don’t wanna hear wide receiver. I’m talking about period, of all time. This discussion should not be a discussion.”

Look, it doesn’t seem like this debate is going to end anytime soon. It’s like the Michael Jordan-LeBron James back-and-forth. People are going to find evidence to support their case, but it’s hard to argue with Irvin here.

Ball don’t lie.

Follow Clint Lamb on Twitter @ClintRLamb.

Written by Clint Lamb

Clint Lamb is a College Football Writer for OutKick. Managing Editor for Roll Tide Wire. Sports radio host for The Bullpen on 730/103.9 The UMP. Co-host for The 'Bama Beat podcast through The Tuscaloosa News and TideSports.com.

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  1. Just to put another nail in this dumb argument, if it needs one…after you’ve finished laughing once you look at the stats.

    USA Today published a 100 greatest football players(not just receivers by the way) of all time list last year. #1 Jerry Rice. #24 Moss.

    The NFL Network has Rice #1 greatest player ever (along with pretty much any other list you can find).

    ESPN has Rice on the first team all time, with Moss on the bench. He’s not even the #2 receiver for them.

    This argument itself is also now challenging to rank #1 as the dumbest “best ever” argument ever. Part of me wonders if this is all just a joke Moss is creating because he got so bored during covid?

  2. Nobody wants to say the obvious truth. Moss should have every record but his attitude and antics kept him from reaching it. Same with Owens. I love Randy but he wasted some years. Rice squeezed every ounce of production from his talent by dedicating his life to the game. Moss and Owens had more talent but were not as relentless in getting the most out of it. I’d rather watch Randy at his best over any other player (Lawerence Taylor a close 2nd) but Rice worked until the game was done with him.

    • Randy Moss had more talent and physical skills, but talent without the dedication and brainpower does not make a GOAT. In fact, when considering brainpower vs talent, I would argue that the GOAT rarely has the most raw talent. GOAT is between the ears.

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