Randy Moss came out this week in New Orleans and said he’s the NFL’s best wide receiver ever. The 49ers wide receiver stood by his words again the next day.
Another guy named Jerry Rice might have something to say about that.
In the end, maybe it’s neither.
Tweeted a question to Lions wide receiver Nate Burleson, who played with Moss at Minnesota, to get his take.
No surprise. His answer (via Twitter): ‘Ummmmm... @bigplayCJ And that’s my final answer!!!’
As you might guess, Big Play CJ is Calvin Johnson, Burleson’s teammate for the past three years.
Johnson broke Rice’s single-season receiving yards record this season. And he’s far from done — he’s just 27.
Burleson has used every adjective imaginable to describe Calvin Johnson since he first arrived in Detroit.
It is not all about numbers, but here’s a look anyway.
Rice finished with 1,549 catches for 22,895 yards and 197 touchdowns in 20 seasons.
Moss has 982 catches for 15,292 yards and 156 touchdowns in 16 seasons and he’s not done.
Johnson has 488 catches for 7,836 yards and 54 touchdowns in six seasons and he’s far from done.
We won’t know the answer for several years, but I wouldn’t bet against Calvin Johnson who forces opponents to create defenses specifically to shut him down. And, he still sets records.