Randy Moss: "I'm the greatest receiver to ever play this game"

San Francisco has just three players on the active roster who have played in a prior Super Bowl: wide receiver Randy Moss (the 2007 New England Patriots), linebacker Clark Haggans (2005 Pittsburgh Steelers) and kicker David Akers (2004 Philadelphia Eagles). Photo: Randy Moss #84 of the San Francisco 49ers answers questions from the media during Super Bowl XLVII Media Day ahead of Super Bowl XLVII at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on January 29, 2013 in New Orleans, Louisiana. Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images

Super Tuesday (aka Super Bowl media day) is a generally a time for players to speak in cliches, reflect on their careers and crack jokes.

Or, in the case of San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Randy Moss, it's a time to declare yourself the greatest ever at your position.

"I don't really live on numbers, I live on impact, what you are able to do out on the field. I really do think that I'm the greatest receiver to ever play this game," he told reporters in the Superdome. "Now that I am older I do think I am the greatest receiver to ever do it. I don't think numbers stand because this year has been a down year for me statistically."

It's obvious that Moss doesn't rely heavily on numbers because they don't back up his claim. Statistics say another player who wore the 49er uniform - Hall of Famer Jerry Rice - is the greatest wide receiver of all time.

Rice finished his career with 1,549 receptions, 197 touchdown catches and 22,895 yards. The 35-year-old Moss has tallied 982 catches, 156 touchdowns and 15,292 yards in his career. Moss, who came out of retirement last year, had 28 receptions for 434 yards and three touchdowns in the regular season for San Francisco.

"Moss is an otherworldly talent and one of the greatest wideouts the NFL has ever seen," writes CBSSports.com's Will Brinson from New Orleans. "But the greatest? Naw. That's Rice."

For the record, Rice is a guy who believes in statistics.

"Put my numbers up against his numbers," Rice told ESPN's Adam Schefter after hearing about Moss' bold declaration.

  • Stephen Smith

    Stephen Smith is a senior editor for CBSNews.com

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