Irvin: Rice better receiver 'period', not Moss
JAN 29, 2013 6:34p ET
While sitting at his podium, the six-time Pro Bowler said: "I really do think that I'm the greatest receiver to ever play this game."
Working as an analyst on the NFL Network's set inside the Superdome in New Orleans, former Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Michael Irvin unequivocally disagreed with Moss.
"Randy's done a wonderful job in the NFL. He's done some wonderful things," Irvin said. "Numbers do count and especially when they lead to victories. That's why I think everybody has to capitulate when it comes to talking about greatest receiver. Bar none, nobody's having a conversation. It is Jerry Rice, period."
Rice, a 13-time Pro Bowler who was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2010, finished his 20-year career with 1,549 catches for 22,895 yards and 197 touchdown receptions. Rice, who won three Super Bowls with the 49ers, is tops among all receivers in NFL history in all three stat categories.
Over 14 NFL seasons, Moss has 982 receptions for 15,292 yards and 156 touchdown grabs.
"I don't think numbers stand because you can talk about this and this," Moss said. "This year has been a down year for me, statistically. The year before I retired was a down year and then in Oakland was a down year, so I really don't live on numbers. I really live on impact and what you're able to do out on that field."
The Cowboys met with Moss before the 1998 NFL Draft and from all indications, the standout Marshall receiver believed Dallas was going to select him. However, they chose to go with North Carolina defensive end Greg Ellis with the No. 8 overall pick, instead. Moss fell all the way to the Minnesota Vikings at No. 21.
Cowboys public relations director Rich Dalrymple, who was also on set, sitting across from Irvin, said Moss' comments reminded him of the pre-draft meetings the Cowboys had with the outspoken wide receiver.
"I like the fact that it's the same confidence and the same attitude that he had several years ago when he came to Dallas on a recruiting trip," Dalrymple said. "He was that confident in his ability."
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