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Randy Moss was darn near unstoppable as an NFL receiver for a few seasons. He would be the first to tell you that.
Moss made a guest stop on Terrell Owens’ podcast, and Owens is another all-time great. He just wasn’t as good as Moss, according to Moss. In fact, when Owens asked Moss to list the best receivers of all time, Moss listed Owens second.
“I’ll put myself first, I’ll put T.O. second,” Moss said, via ProFootballTalk. “I would put Jerry (Rice) probably third or fourth.”
Moss played in the NFL from 1998-2010. His most notable seasons came early in his career with the Minnesota Vikings. As a rookie, Moss was a major factor in the Vikings’ 15-1 regular-season finish (though they were upset by the Atlanta Falcons in the NFC Championship Game.)
After that, Moss was still pretty good with the Oakland Raiders and then just decent with the New England Patriots. So he may be the only player who thinks he had a better body of work than Rice, who was Joe Montana’s favorite target during the glory years with the San Francisco 49ers.
Still, Owens agreed with Moss on both of them being better than Rice.
“When you think about Jerry and the quarterbacks he played with, he never had a drop-off in quarterback,” Owens said. “He went from one Hall of Fame quarterback to another.”
Moss tried to walk it back a little after that.
“I don’t want the fans and the people watching your podcast to get it messed up that we dislike or discredit anything Jerry Rice was able to do or ever accomplish,” Moss said. “I don’t want people to think myself and T.O. is slandering or bashing anything Jerry did, because Jerry was at the top.”
The very last thing Moss said there is actually the most accurate. Moss and Owens were both fantastic. But hey, they were no Jerry Rice.