Attitude is everything, and San Francisco star receiver Randy Moss must have had a super-sized bowl of it this week. It is the breakfast of champions because anyone who has achieved great success must have at least a cup of swagger. Wedged into all of the hype that is Super Bowl XLVII Moss has proclaimed “I do believe that I’m the greatest receiver that’s ever played this game.” Football fanatics quickly weighed in with many declaring that former San Francisco star receiver, and 3- time Super Bowl Champion, Jerry Rice deserves the title.
The G.O.A.T…really Randy? You gotta give it to him, however. When on the big stage for the big game confidence is king, and Randy longs to rule the empire. Moss is a game changer and makes defenses rethink their game plan. The 6’4”, 14 year veteran has the experience and technique unlike many who have come and gone in the NFL. However, at this level many receivers have talent in the NFL. It’s what you do with that talent, how you use it to make your teammates better, and how skillfully you execute. Yes, having a mind for the game of football does matter.
Not only did 13- time Pro Bowler Jerry Rice have speed and athleticism, but his knowledge of the game, and ability to read defenses was second to none. Combine that with his incredible work ethic, and it easily made him what many believe to be the best ever! Despite the rigorous demands of an NFL season, on game day you never had to worry whether Jerry was going to show up mentally or not. Rice was always on and checked his attitude at the door. Now, let’s not forget that Moss could rock with the best of them at one time. Prior to his comeback, he was a contender in the stats department with 982 catches, 15,282 yards, and 156 TDs. Any guy who leaves the game, and makes a comeback like Moss did last year should also get a certain level of respect. At 35, he’s still a guy who 90% of the d’backs around need help to cover him.
Moss carries what every player entering the Superdome on Sunday should have …conviction. His healthy dose of superhero is what makes him an elite athlete. Should the 49ers win this Super Bowl, the deep threat, gimme the ball, I’ve got this, rock star receiver would have earned the right to be included in the sacred conversation. There is no question Randy Moss is gifted, but it takes grace and humility to be considered the greatest of all time.