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10 claps for Randy Moss

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We’ll accept Randy Moss at his word (for now) that he won’t be returning to the NFL.  And so it’s an appropriate time to reflect on his 13-year career.  Though Moss had more than his fair share of low moments, we’ll accentuate the positive (for now).

And there was plenty of positive.

So here’s one clap for Moss.  Ten different times.

Here are our (or at least my) 10 favorite Randy Moss memories, in chronological order.

1.  September 6, 1998.  Versus Tampa Bay.

Moss arrived from Marshall, which at the time had just moved from Division I-AA to low-level Division I-A.  And despite the large gap between the MAC and the NFL, Moss vowed to come to the pro game and “rip it up.”

He made good on that promise from the first game of his career.

Visiting the Metrodome, the Bucs opted not to use double coverage against the unproven player.  Four catches, 95 yards, two touchdowns, and a 31-7 score later, the Bucs wished they had.

2.  October 5, 1998.  At Green Bay.

The Packers, two-time defending NFC champions, hosted the upstart Vikings in a Monday night game at Lambeau Field.  It was widely expected that Brett Favre and company would put Moss and his cohorts in their place.

What unfolded instead was something former Vikings offensive coordinator Brian Billick would call a “game for the ages,” via the rookie’s official coming-out party on football’s national stage.

Moss racked up 190 yards on only five catches, adding two touchdowns in a 37-24 romp that wasn’t nearly as close as the final score suggested.

3.  November 26, 1998.  At Dallas.

Like many teams, the Cowboys made the mistake of passing on Moss in the first round of the 1998 draft.  Unlike every other team, the Cowboys told Moss they’d be picking him.

And so that huge shoulder chip Moss carried throughout his rookie season grew even bigger when he showed up in Texas Stadium and delivered three touchdowns on only three catches, averaging nearly 55 yards per reception.

Two of those came out of what would become routine — Moss running deep and coming up with the ball, even with one or two guys trying to keep it from happening.  The third featured Moss catching a short pass and then exploding down the sideline with the kind of burst rarely seen from someone whose hair isn’t on fire.

4.  December 12, 1999.  At Kansas City.

The Vikings of 1998 won 15 of 16 regular-season games, petering out in the NFC Championship at home.  The next season was, in comparison, disappointing, with the Vikings digging an early 1-2 hole and falling to 2-4 before waking up, thanks to the decision to bench Randall Cunningham and rely on Jeff George.

Traveling to Kansas City for a Sunday night game and clinging to playoff hopes with a 7-5 record, the Vikings fell behind the Chiefs, 21-0.  The Vikings tied the game in the third quarter at 21 on a 12-yard touchdown pass from George to Moss.  After a fumble by George was returned 44 yards for a touchdown and a fumble by Moss at the Chiefs’ seven with barely four minutes to play ended a scoring threat, the Vikings held the Chiefs.

Moss lined up deep, received the punt, and ran largely untouched 64 yards for the game-tying score.

But for a late field goal by the Chiefs to win the game, it would have been remembered as one of the biggest regular-season wins in Vikings history.

5.  October 1, 2000.  At Detroit.

On ESPN’s NFL Matchup, Merril Hoge became the first analyst to mention what many had noticed.  When the ball isn’t coming to Moss, he tends to loaf.

Moss responded that same week by catching seven passes for 168 yards and three touchdowns in a 31-24 win at Detroit.

That’s the first time I’ve ever heard somebody criticize me,” Moss said after the game.

It wouldn’t be the last.  Ironically, however, it was Hoge who spoke out on behalf of Moss after Moss was criticized in 2009 for, you guessed it, loafing when the ball didn’t come his way.

6.  January 9, 2005.  At Green Bay.

Swept by the Packers via identical 34-31 scores during the season but back in the playoffs for the first time since a 41-0 Meltdown in the Meadowlands in January 2001, no one expected the Vikings to go to Lambeau and win.

But win they did, with Moss poofing out his afro and catching two touchdown passes, including the unforgettable faux mooning that left Joe Buck appalled and triggered a $10,000 fine.

And, of course, that fine gave rise to Randy’s “straight cash homey” catch phrase, along with an even more entertaining description of what his next touchdown celebration may entail.

7.  November 18, 2007.  At Buffalo.

The win over the Packers would be Moss’ last victory during his first stint with the Vikings.  Traded to Oakland in early 2005, Moss disappeared for two seasons.  With everyone assuming Moss was washed up, the Patriots stole him for a fourth-round draft pick during the 2007 draft.

And then Moss would only go on to have one of the greatest single seasons for any receiver of all time.

The highlight of the 23-touchdown effort came against the Bills.  For the first and only time in his career, Moss scored four touchdowns in one game, via 10 catches for 128 yards during a 56-10 romp.

8.  The 2008 season.

After quarterback Tom Brady suffered a torn ACL during the first game of the season, Moss could have mentally checked out.

But he didn’t.

Even though the Patriots ultimately failed to make the playoffs (despite winning 11 games), his decision to remain focused and committed with Matt Cassel at quarterback demonstrated a level of maturity that, unfortunately, was the exception and not the rule.  He’d finish with 11 touchdowns, less than half of his record-setting total in 2007, but Moss was a good soldier during what turned out to be a bad year.

9.  September 19, 2010.  At New York Jets.

Dubbed a “slouch” in the offseason by All Pro cornerback Darrelle Revis, Moss got a chance to show Revis what a slouch can do.

Drawing single coverage from Darrelle with one minute to play in the first half of a 7-7 tie, Moss blew by Revis and made an incredible one-handed catch in the end zone.

Revis would reinjure a hamstring on the play and miss the second half of the eventual Jets win, plus the next two games.

10.  October 11, 2010.  At New York Jets.

Only three weeks later, Moss was back in New York for the first game of his second tour with the Vikings.

With Antonio Cromartie holding him in check for much of the game, Moss eventually got behind the coverage for a 37-yard rainbow from Brett Favre, his 500th career touchdown pass.

The play gave Vikings fans flashbacks to 1998, even though coach Brad Childress would dump Moss only three weeks later. . . .

Before Super Bowl XLII, Moss said he didn’t really know how he wanted to be remembered.  And that’s fitting, because many football fans don’t really know how they’ll remember him.  Even though I’ll remember plenty of the bad things, including a stubborn, play-when-I-wanna-play unwillingness to get the absolute most out of a God-given skill set that superseded even Jerry Rice’s, it will be hard to forget these 10 moments, along with plenty of other great things he did on the field.

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  1. prosb4hos says: Aug 2, 2011 1:08 AM

    Suprised ole biased PFT would give Randy ONE clap.

  2. bigjeter says: Aug 2, 2011 1:11 AM

    Phony. Quitter. Loafer. No guts. Couldn’t carry Jerry Rice’s luggage. Took money that he didn’t earn.
    Please don’t hire this clown for TV. I won’t watch. Go give 40% effort racing pickups. Goon.

  3. savannahrose44 says: Aug 2, 2011 1:13 AM

    “Before Super Bowl XLII, Moss said he didn’t really know how he wanted to be remembered. And that’s fitting, because many football fans don’t really know how they’ll remember him. Even though I’ll remember plenty of the bad things, including a stubborn, play-when-I-wanna-play unwillingness to get the absolute most out of a skill set that superseded even Jerry Rice’s”

    Moss will be remembered as the Diva that gave up on the field. No way even I a Seahawk fan would ever compare his skill set to Jerry Rice. Not even close.

  4. trbowman says: Aug 2, 2011 1:21 AM

    I’ll give him one clap.

    See you in a few months Mr. Moss.

  5. alpod says: Aug 2, 2011 1:28 AM

    how you put the catch over cromartie ahead of his first game with the raiders torching NE on MNF, i’ll never know.

  6. jothebeast says: Aug 2, 2011 1:30 AM

    Imagine if you could supposedly “give up” and “not try” and have the 2nd best production ever at your position at work. You wish you could even walk, sleep or breathe as well as he played WR….without trying.

  7. melonnhead says: Aug 2, 2011 1:30 AM

    Like many teams, the Cowboys made the mistake of passing on Moss in the first round of the 1998 draft.

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    That wasn’t a mistake. They made out better with Greg Ellis.

  8. visnovsky says: Aug 2, 2011 1:31 AM

    Can we add that the moment Childress saw the Favre to Moss connection, he realized that 3 yard outs were not in the future and did everything to alienate Favre and Moss. Childress realized that he had lost control of the offense and had to reestablish his Stalin-like control immediately. #FireChilly

  9. flagstaffphotos says: Aug 2, 2011 1:33 AM

    Randy, George Steinbrenner would be so proud of you. You were Mr. October – only in the wrong sport. Really a shame that there aren’t any February claps for you, and I mean that sincerely.

    Super Bowl video highlights are the only thing that can cement a player’s place in history. Funny that 25 years from now, no one will really know who Randy Moss was, but everyone will think David Tyree was one of the great receivers of this generation.

  10. grandpoopah says: Aug 2, 2011 1:35 AM

    @bigjeter: Dude, you have serious self esteem issues. Go get yourself some vocational training and put down the meth pipe.

  11. gimmeabruschi says: Aug 2, 2011 1:42 AM

    Randy’s game was to lull the defender. He pretended to kick back and then poured it on. He’s gangely but fast. He wasn’t going to dazzle them with his moves.

    He scored 50 TDs in 51 starts with the Pats. He had 92 TDs in 108 starts with the Vikes. You don’t do that by being a quitter.

    And he’s just playing another game now. He is getting his name in the football news. He will play again.

  12. nomoreseasontix says: Aug 2, 2011 1:43 AM

    Moss? Clap?
    Most likely…

  13. aram42287 says: Aug 2, 2011 1:46 AM

    Moss is the man, the greatest receiver of all time. Jerry Rice only holds his inflated records because he played 6 years past his prime. At this day in time Moss and Rice are even with statistics. Rice also had pro bowl QBs during his career. EVERYBODY ONE CLAP!!

  14. unfkwthabl says: Aug 2, 2011 1:52 AM

    you dont get those numbers by being a slouch.

    you dont get those numbers by not putting in the work.

    That guy is the best ever.

    Rice had montana, and young throwing to him…

    Rice did it with j george, randal cunningham, a young cullpepper, some raiders qbs, 1 season with brady (which he broke all kinds of records) and a bunch of other substitute teachers.

    Talent wise.. no contests.

    hand down best wr ever.

    just hes not from your side of the tracks you dont like him.. i love him.

  15. luvyablue says: Aug 2, 2011 1:54 AM

    whoa…. better than Rice? uuuhhhh…..no.

  16. picksix401 says: Aug 2, 2011 1:56 AM

    i freaking love randy moss.. come back to the patriots, we miss you!

  17. kmurph1226 says: Aug 2, 2011 1:57 AM

    Randy Moss after he watched these videos:

    Randy: I don’t watch standard videos

    Reporter: Then how do you watch it?

    Randy: Straight H.D. homie.

  18. botchedextrapoint says: Aug 2, 2011 1:57 AM

    10 claps for his career was a nice touch. Now 10 slaps for all the stupid stuff he did… Per season!

  19. cup1981 says: Aug 2, 2011 1:59 AM

    Good riddance to a POS that has made the NFL look even more like a joke. Happy retirement and we will soon see you filing for bankruptcy, I am sure of it…..

  20. scytherius says: Aug 2, 2011 2:03 AM

    It takes more than great athletic ability to be a great player, a legend, a hero. And all Moss had was athletic ability.

    He will not be missed. The only sad thing is taht, one day, he will enter the Hall of Fame. I don’t think in my 5 decades of watching football have I ever known of a player who deserves it less.

    Good riddance. The game is better without you.

  21. bigdaddyduck says: Aug 2, 2011 2:08 AM

    Great word for Randy,”Diva”

  22. nepatriots128154 says: Aug 2, 2011 2:10 AM

    @savannahrose44

    What do you mean even I a Seahawk fan? Jerry Rice was the greatest Seahawk to ever lace up a pair of cleats.

    *

    Moss was unbelievable when he applied himself, shame that he never won a Super Bowl. He deserved one in 07 for the effort he put it in, unfortunately the Giants were just too much.

  23. freedomispopular says: Aug 2, 2011 2:12 AM

    No doubt his skill set totally superseded Rice’s. If he had even half the heart Rice had, he could have shattered every record in the book.

  24. brewdogg says: Aug 2, 2011 2:13 AM

    bigjeter says:
    Aug 2, 2011 1:11 AM
    Phony. Quitter. Loafer. No guts. Couldn’t carry Jerry Rice’s luggage. Took money that he didn’t earn.
    Please don’t hire this clown for TV. I won’t watch. Go give 40% effort racing pickups. Goon.
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    Someone. Seems. A little. Bitter.

    And also. Obviously. Studied. Under. William Shatner.

  25. grandpoopah says: Aug 2, 2011 2:19 AM

    “Imagine If” should be Randy Moss’ nickname. Talk about the sky being the limit. In terms of physical ability, he made Calvin Johnson look like Mike Furrey. But he never really seemed to give it his all for more than a game or two at a time. Which always made me think, “Imagine if…” Imagine if Randy Moss was actually a serious threat to go over the middle. Imagine if Randy Moss went all out on every single play. Imagine if Randy Moss had consistently applied himself to his craft the way Jerry Rice or Larry Fitzgerald did. Imagine if Randy Moss prepared for every opponent like they had passed on him in the draft while offending his mama. Imagine if Randy Moss…

    Randy is a certain Hall of Famer and one of the most electrifying players and personalities in NFL history. Still, I can’t help but wonder what might have been.

    Thanks for the memories, Randy. You were freakin’ awesome! All the best to you and your family.

  26. indianheadmeatpackingcompany says: Aug 2, 2011 2:20 AM

    People dont like him for saying a lot of things that are true (straight cash homey). Im not defending him not giving 100% on every play, but how many players also dont five 100%. He was an unstoppable beast. There is NObody in the history of the NFL that could one hand a ball and come down with the jump ball as much as Moss. Im not saying he was better overall than Rice. Im saying Rice could easily be the only WR in front of this guy. Hate him all you want, but any team (in his prime) would have killed to have him in all honesty.

  27. cosanostra71 says: Aug 2, 2011 2:21 AM

    one of the all-time greats. Jerry is still the best receiver, but Randy, TO and Carter are pretty much neck and neck for #2. Personally, I think Randy is the most dynamic scorer of the three, so I give him the edge, but TO and Carter were more consistent in effort and making an impact in the short and medium game.

  28. patpatriotagain says: Aug 2, 2011 2:22 AM

    Jerry rice couldn’t carry moss’s jock, athletically. the problem was upstairs, which was his eventual downfall. if he hadn’t lost control of his emotions on numerous occasions he’d still be posting numbers that blow us away. and even Jerry Rice would be looking up at him. Rice’s big positive was his longevity

  29. Justin says: Aug 2, 2011 2:28 AM

    Feel free to insult his attitude, work ethic, and dedication to the game along with all his off the field incidents but don’t for one second insult his Talent.

  30. randysavage4ever says: Aug 2, 2011 2:39 AM

    Terrell Owens better then Moss anyways

    at least TO go hard, he dont quit

    I’ve seen TO in a cowboys game block 3 people THRU the end zone for marion barber for a TD, thats competing and playing, and TO wasnt even getting the ball that game, but they won and thats all he cares about

    TO still gonna play this year and Randy isn’t

    I guess the best WR of the era has been decided then

    TO.

    ***Unless Randy comes back, which he should because I had the feeling he was gonna have an ’07 type of campaign this year…

    if someone in the COLTS FRONT OFFICE GREW SOME they would make a move, but Peyton doesnt want that drama probably, so he will chill on his 1 ring over Rex Grossman in rainy SB

    anyone wanna win out there? – give Randy Moss a chance

    and for the record I really dont like Randy Moss or TO

    but this is the truth

  31. ctattles says: Aug 2, 2011 2:49 AM

    Jerry Rice = Emmitt Smith

    Randy Moss = Barry Sanders

    I swear Randy and Barry could have scored 50 TD’s a season if NFL coaches weren’t so fat and ugly.

  32. keeponhating says: Aug 2, 2011 2:50 AM

    rofl i remember that play vs revis how he “injured” his hamstring and thats why moss beat him. btw im no randy moss fan i just thought it was hilarious seeing the “great” one get burned

  33. rcunningham says: Aug 2, 2011 3:00 AM

    bigjeter says:
    Aug 2, 2011 1:11 AM
    Phony. Quitter. Loafer. No guts. Couldn’t carry Jerry Rice’s luggage. Took money that he didn’t earn.
    Please don’t hire this clown for TV. I won’t watch. Go give 40% effort racing pickups. Goon.

    LOL

    Way to take football way too seriously.

  34. mikebrownistheworstownerinprosports says: Aug 2, 2011 3:13 AM

    Jerry Rice
    Skill- 90
    Work Ethic- 101

    Randy Moss
    Skill- 101
    Work Ethic- 40 (Vikes) 25 (Raiders) 75 (Pats)

  35. richm2256 says: Aug 2, 2011 3:21 AM

    Moss had some incredible moments in New England, 2007-2009. In the end, as always with him, his ego held his talent down.

    What a shame. If he had only been more of a team guy ……

    One of the most electrifying – and frustrating – players to ever wear a Patriot’s uniform.

  36. vbe2 says: Aug 2, 2011 3:21 AM

    F Moss, I hope the HOF keeps him out at least 10 years.

  37. drgreenstreak says: Aug 2, 2011 3:56 AM

    Good for you, Randy! See ya.

    I think Randy was selfish and immature but I think he spoke from the heart, spoke honestly as he saw it. He was what he was.
    He has finally realized that he’s not gonna get any big endorsement deals and he’s as dumb as T.O. as an actor.
    Kick back and smoke a spliff, man.

  38. rm811 says: Aug 2, 2011 4:18 AM

    wow i love how people hate on moss for not being as good as jerry rice. do people not realize that NO ONE including tom brady and peyton manning have had as much of a work ethic for as long a time as jerry rice?

    its like saying “shame on moss for only being the 2nd greatest wide receiver of all time. if that loser had the greatest work ethic of all time we couldve been best wr ever.” please

    also id quit too if i had to spend most of my prime years with dante culpepper instead of montana or young.

  39. pattunya says: Aug 2, 2011 6:15 AM

    As a Pats fan i remember loving the way he would play. Sadly, my memories are of him shooting his way out of town (with his mouth) during a post game press conference. He was one of the players that would come up to the podium along with Brady and the coach. All of his talk would be about Randy(third person of corse) not the team. I believe he thought the team would be devastated without him.
    If he used his mouth as good as good as his hands he’d still be here.

  40. bleedblue18 says: Aug 2, 2011 6:29 AM

    Absolute freak of nature and one of the best (when he wanted to play).

  41. dilberry says: Aug 2, 2011 6:58 AM

    Phony. Quitter. Loafer. No guts. Couldn’t carry Jerry Rice’s luggage. Took money that he didn’t earn.
    Please don’t hire this clown for TV. I won’t watch. Go give 40% effort racing pickups. Goon.

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    u mad?

  42. tommccrossin says: Aug 2, 2011 7:17 AM

    moss dis moss dat moss dis moss dat

  43. 3ghostninja says: Aug 2, 2011 7:20 AM

    Who knows what he could have done if he were more focused on the game. But despite his shortcomings, he’s an amazing player. Physically, they broke the mold. Talent, he’s unmatched. The author is right on. I don’t know how to remember him.

  44. dixierecht says: Aug 2, 2011 7:37 AM

    Marshall joined the Big East? Now, that’s lower level D-1.

  45. golions1 says: Aug 2, 2011 7:40 AM

    I’ll applaud him when I feel like it.

  46. prestigew0rldwide says: Aug 2, 2011 7:40 AM

    First, great article, unbiased and respectful. But in response to “BigJeter’s” closeminded judgements.. ive noticed a pattern with every hardcore jeter/yankees fan and im starting to think they are all clones with a lot of deep seeded anger inside, and it seems each have been fans of sports but never trully excelled at sports themselves. Yes jeter fits the pete rose hard working all round athelete that gives his best every second he is on the field but you cant credit him with the natural skillset of a superfreak talent like Jordan or for the purposes of this article moss. Obviously these fans who never were given natural abilites that made them better than everyone else at a sport relate to an athlete like jeter who has to work very hard for consistent output. And so these jeter lovers learn to hate super talents because they are all “divas” who dont work hard and dont represent the sport on and off the field. But what is sad is that in doing so they blind themselves to the displays of god given talent that would seem unthinkable at times, just because it often comes along with poor character. If an athlete makes an incredible play, appreciate it and stop looking for reasons to hate them because of their talent. Not every athlete can be a role model just like not every citizen can be an “upstanding” citizen, its what makes the world go round. But to deny their talents is just ignorant. Was jerry rice amazing? Obviously. But did he possess the natural talent that randy moss was blessed with? Simply put.. no one did.

  47. unkleruckus says: Aug 2, 2011 7:45 AM

    Randy, George Steinbrenner would be so proud of you. You were Mr. October – only in the wrong sport. Really a shame that there aren’t any February claps for you, and I mean that sincerely.

    Super Bowl video highlights are the only thing that can cement a player’s place in history. Funny that 25 years from now, no one will really know who Randy Moss was, but everyone will think David Tyree was one of the great receivers of this generation.
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    Riiiggght..because everyone has forgotten Barry Sanders because he didn’t have SuperBowl highlights. I wish PFT posters had to take a football compentency test before being allowed to post.

  48. bbgraf08 says: Aug 2, 2011 7:46 AM

    cup1981 says:
    Aug 2, 2011 1:59 AM
    Good riddance to a POS that has made the NFL look even more like a joke. Happy retirement and we will soon see you filing for bankruptcy, I am sure of it…..

    —————————-

    Try again. From all reports Moss has been smart with his money and has done well in a few different business ventures.

  49. unkleruckus says: Aug 2, 2011 7:52 AM

    scytherius says:
    Aug 2, 2011 2:03 AM
    It takes more than great athletic ability to be a great player, a legend, a hero. And all Moss had was athletic ability.

    He will not be missed. The only sad thing is taht, one day, he will enter the Hall of Fame. I don’t think in my 5 decades of watching football have I ever known of a player who deserves it less.

    Good riddance. The game is better without you.

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    5 decades of watching football??!! Hey grandpa, you’re up blogging at 2 in the morning bashing Randy Moss, and you think he’s a loser!!??SMH

  50. jnbnet says: Aug 2, 2011 7:58 AM

    richm2256 says:
    Aug 2, 2011 3:21 AM
    Moss had some incredible moments in New England, 2007-2009. In the end, as always with him, his ego held his talent down.

    What a shame. If he had only been more of a team guy ……

    One of the most electrifying – and frustrating – players to ever wear a Patriot’s uniform.

    =================================
    Love Moss. His problem was that he could not express himself very well. He shouldn’t have been allowed to speak without being coached. It would have greatly improved his PR.

  51. lilrob10201 says: Aug 2, 2011 8:03 AM

    IMO….Randy Moss is the 2nd top NFL player of all time behind Jerry Rice.

  52. ncraiderfan says: Aug 2, 2011 8:03 AM

    Hard to like anything about him if you’re a Raider Fan. Glad he’s gone!

  53. biggerballz says: Aug 2, 2011 8:28 AM

    way better than overrated rice

  54. psousa1 says: Aug 2, 2011 9:10 AM

    According to one of the beat writers New England offered him a one year deal last week and he turned it down. He was looking for a multi year deal. If Branch, Welker or Ochocinco go down in camp he will be back in NE. Still has a house here.

  55. r8rsfan says: Aug 2, 2011 9:40 AM

    Like old blue eyes said – Randy did it “his way”. As soon as the ball left the QB’s hand you would hold your breath and rarely would Moss not come down with it. The Raiders were a total mess the 2 years he spent in Oakland. His antics didn’t help, but I think he could see what a cluster he was working with and he checked out. As a life long citizen of Raider Nation I harbor no ill will towards Moss. The man is “straight cash, Homie”.

  56. 3octaveFart says: Aug 2, 2011 9:40 AM

    I’m going to miss him, about as much as I’m going to miss Brett…uhm, Brett… what was his last name again?

  57. jvibottomline says: Aug 2, 2011 10:01 AM

    Apparently there are a “lot of little boys” on here that don’t remeber how DOMINATE JERRY RICE WAS. Rice from 1986-1995 was the MOST DOMINANT FORCE the NFL has EVER seen. 22 touchdowns in 12 games in 1987 ladies, not 23 in 16. 1,848 yards in 1995 ladies, single season record. Made CAREERS for guys like Steve Bono, Elvis Grbac, and Jeff Kemp. 3-TIME Super Bowl Champion including one of the most DOMINATING BIG GAME performances you will ever see in Super Bowl 23, he made catches in that game that were never seen before that game or since! 11 catches, 215 yards, and a touchdown and a MVP. Super Bowl 24, he scored 3 TD’s, could have been 6 in his teams 55-10 DEMOLITION of the NFL’s #1 scoring defense. 3 more touchdowns in Super Bowl 29 and yet another 10+catch, 100+yard Super Bowl performance. Scored 5 touchdowns in ONE GAME against the Atlanta Falcons. Some of the greatest catches you will ever see; check Super Bowl 23, 1993 regular season in LA against the Rams, and 1995 regular season at Detroit where he catches a deep post, stops on a dime and keeps his balance, and takes it to the house, still one of the most incredible plays in NFL history. Comparing Randy Moss to JERRY RICE, you gotta be kidding.

  58. jvibottomline says: Aug 2, 2011 10:08 AM

    And the Final and MOST IMPORTANT Evidence, Jerry Rice goes to Oakland and carries them to the Super Bowl at 39 years old with Rich Gannon at QB. Randy Moss goes to Oakland, and well we all know what happened, LOSER!

  59. laeaglefan says: Aug 2, 2011 10:12 AM

    I can’t recall Randy Moss ever having a big game against the Eagles. They always seemed to do a good job of containing him……to the point where he sometimes took most of the game off.

  60. CKL says: Aug 2, 2011 11:24 AM

    Moss reminds me a bit of Car’s Steve Smith. Not all the way of course. For one, Moss never punched teammates, and Smith is known to be a relentless worker and competitor . But they are similar in that they are both pretty smart guys who are very, very, very hard to figure out. They aren’t mostly good or mostly bad. They are in between. And neither is predictable at all as to which they will be on any given day. There’s no “one way” to deal with them as a coach or teammate. So though both are talented, it’s what makes them both of them a bit of the ticking time bomb.

  61. minnesotablizzard says: Aug 2, 2011 12:45 PM

    I know this comment will be buried deep down on the page, but how can the play where randy flips the ball over his head as he is tackled to Moe Williams or Mewlede Moore for a TD. It was the perfect lateral, amazing awareness displayed.

  62. bringbacktheflex says: Aug 2, 2011 12:48 PM

    This list just shows what a waste Moss was. He could have been the best ever. He could have led his team to multiple championships. Instead he was a headcase, prima donna, wannabe.

    At least Rice had moves, Irvin had moves and size – both would run any pattern asked of them. Moss was a one-trick pony. He would NOT have benefitted from better QBs because he wouldn’t run more than a few patterns, and those only when he “wanted to”.

    The best when he wanted to be, and invisible when he didn’t care. That averages out to election to the Hall of Average.

  63. thephantomstranger says: Aug 2, 2011 12:50 PM

    I can’t wait for the article about the top 10 lowlights of his career, if you can keep it to just 10.

  64. 28purple4mvp says: Aug 2, 2011 1:45 PM

    cup1981 says:
    Aug 2, 2011 1:59 AM
    Good riddance to a POS that has made the NFL look even more like a joke. Happy retirement and we will soon see you filing for bankruptcy, I am sure of it…..

    WOW did he sleep with your wife or something? Randy is a nascar owner in the truck series. You are a bigger POS for posting on this thread. randy will be fine I am sure of it. Must be his banker or something to be that sure.

  65. axespray says: Aug 3, 2011 1:05 PM

    lol at all these five year olds trying to say Moss is better than Rice …

    If Rice was born and played in today’s game, he’d average 20 TDs per season, remember, he did what he did back in the day before all these Anti Defense Rules came out.

    but by all means, “ZOMG! Moss is Madden king! ka-durrh!?!?!”

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