Yes, Jerry Rice has 3 Super Bowl rings, and he owns almost every Wide Receiver record but I have been a Randy Moss fan for his entire career and I can confidently say at his best that he dominated the Wide Receiver position the way no Wide Receiver before him ever did. Corner Backs struggled to guard him his entire career, his speed was incomparable to anything the NFL has ever seen in it’s history.
Jerry Rice’s statistics are unbelievable without a doubt but the separation between him and Randy Moss is not that big. Jerry Rice in his 19 year career recorded: 1,549 receptions, 22,895 receiving yards, 193 receiving touchdowns, and was voted into 13 Pro-Bowls. Randy Moss in his 12 year career recorded: 982 receptions (567 less than Rice), 15,292 receiving yards (7,603 less than Rice), 156 receiving touchdowns (37 less than Rice), and Moss was voted into 6 Pro-Bowls (7 less than Rice). And Moss has yet to win a Super Bowl.
Now, the reason why I throw all of those stats away is because Jerry Rice has been blessed with some of the greatest quarterbacks of all-time in Steve Young and Joe Montana. Plus, Jerry Rice had a very good quarterback in Rich Gannon, who during his MVP-winning season led Rice and the Oakland Raiders to the Superbowl in 2003. Jerry Rice has never had a mediocre quarterback unlike Randy Moss; who had an injury-prone Randall Cunningham, a very inconsistent Daunte Culpepper, Kerry Collins, Aaron Brooks, Andrew Walter (who?), and Marques Tuiasosopo (WHO???). Randy Moss finally got lucky and was traded to the New England Patriots where he finally played with an elite quarterback, Tom Brady, and Randy Moss played the best season of his career. This is 9 years into Randy Moss’ already impressive career and he was looking better than ever, the Patriots went 16-0 in the regular season and they would’ve been 19-0 with a Super Bowl victory if it weren’t for one remarkable play from Eli Manning to David Tyree.
The bottom line is that the NFL is not the NBA, you cannot critique a player solely off of his personal stats, you have to critique him from what he did with what he had. Yes, Jerry Rice did probably the best anyone could do with the best, but Randy Moss did the best anyone could imagine doing with some of the worse. What Randy did with the help he had is much more impressive to me.