"It just sent shock waves throughout the whole world," Moss said of his comment. "That wasn't the intention. It really wasn't."
"There's no animosity [and] there's no tension with Jerry Rice," said Moss. "He started the thing. He came from a smaller school than Marshall. I followed his whole career and I've seen the plays that he's had. But I'm not going to sit here and degrade this man and disrespect this man for everything he's accomplished. Because he has accomplished more than me. He has the championships. He has the numbers."
He says his legacy in the NFL is the fact he changed the game for a wide receiver. He felt that people talk about being "Moss'd" has its impact in the league.
"What I said yesterday as far as the impact that I'm able to make on this game of football, I believe that I did change the game of football," said Moss. "And I don't mean that being cocky or anything like that. I'm confident in what I'm able to do."
Rice, now an analyst for ESPN, said he was surprised at how Moss talked about his game. The longtime 49er said what happens on the field should matter than what is said verbally.
"You'd never hear me say I'm the greatest football player to ever play the game, " Rice said. "I let my body of work speak for itself, and I think I was able to be very productive on the football field."
He mentioned how he won three Super Bowls in his career compared to zero rings that Moss has. Rice said he has no bitter feelings towards Moss despite the claims about being the best.