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Carter says there’s “no question” Rice is the best receiver ever

Former Minnesota Vikings receiver Carter cries after being named to the Pro Football Hall of Fame at the 2013 Class of Enshrinement show in New Orleans Reuters

If Randy Moss declared he’s the best receiver ever this week in order to stir up the kind of criticism that he could then use as motivation, consider one of the other greatest receivers of all time — and a former Moss teammate — among the critics.

Cris Carter, a newly-minted Hall of Famer, tells Sean Jensen of the Chicago Sun-Times that Jerry Rice is the best receiver who ever played.  Period.

‘‘No big deal to me, but Jerry Rice is the best receiver ever,” Carter said.  “There’s no question.  Not going to go into great detail.”

Carter also said on ESPN today that he predicts Moss will make a pair of big plays as part of a San Francisco win.  If that happens, the dust storm created by Randy’s rant will likely be partially responsible for his performance.

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32 Responses to “Carter says there’s “no question” Rice is the best receiver ever”
  1. redandgoldhitman52 says: Feb 3, 2013 4:54 PM

    hey carter, we all know that. quit stating the obvious.

  2. tonyugoh says: Feb 3, 2013 4:55 PM

    There’s no question Randy Moss was better than Cris Carter.

  3. gosuhgo says: Feb 3, 2013 4:59 PM

    Just wait til Megatrons done.

  4. rajbais says: Feb 3, 2013 5:00 PM

    Hey, Michael Irvin actually has felt the same way.

  5. besafewithit says: Feb 3, 2013 5:08 PM

    Can’t believe Cris Carter said something that wasn’t stupid.

  6. xsherr says: Feb 3, 2013 5:09 PM

    Same guy who was hatin on Calvin, right?

  7. jody46 says: Feb 3, 2013 5:11 PM

    Chris is right, Jerry Rice is the best receiver to ever play. You don’t even have to think about it. The catches he made no one else could of got to. He isn’t even the second best which I put down as Lynn Swann beauty in motion. There’s the ball, and sooner or later you would see Lynn underneath it stretching out to catch it. Sorry Moss you are no where close to those two in my opinion. You real good but not in their league I dont think

  8. drillbit19k says: Feb 3, 2013 5:12 PM

    And….CC WOULD BE RIGHT.

  9. Glassguy9 says: Feb 3, 2013 5:12 PM

    Even though #80 loves to hear himself talk he is right on this one!!

  10. jasonculhane says: Feb 3, 2013 5:13 PM

    Jerry dominated his position, Randy had the most talent.

    But, I think Cris had better hands then both of them. Glad he’s in the hall of fame.

  11. ialwayswantedtobeabanker says: Feb 3, 2013 5:14 PM

    “Carter also said on ESPN today that he predicts Moss will make a pair of big plays as part of a San Francisco win. If that happens, the dust storm created by Randy’s rant will likely be partially responsible for his performance.”

    Huh?

    I don’t think NFL athletes need “dust storms” to ball out on Super Bowl Sunday.

  12. mullman76 says: Feb 3, 2013 5:24 PM

    Tim Brown is better than Cris Carter. Look at the numbers.

    Another player who continues to be blackballed from the HOF because he is a RAIDER.

    Plunkett, Branch, Guy, Flores…. all deserve to be in.

  13. chiefbrick says: Feb 3, 2013 5:24 PM

    Agree completely about Rice being the GOAT
    receiver, but Jim Brown is football’s GOAT by
    a HUGE margin! I’m 62 and Brown is years
    older but looks like he could still dominate!
    Like Barry, he retired at the height of his
    powers instead on hanging on to way past
    relevance; huge respect even though I still
    miss seeing his greatness on the field. He
    dominated much like Michael in basketball
    or Gretzky in hockey. Biggest disappointment
    of 2013 HOF class was Haley’s omission. He
    should be without question and it’s absolutely
    bewildering that the voters keep snubbing
    him year after year; only cheapens the Hall
    and shows disrespect to a great team player.

  14. patfic15 says: Feb 3, 2013 5:27 PM

    Put Jerry’s heart in Randy’s chest and then it would be a no brainer.

  15. bennyb82 says: Feb 3, 2013 5:28 PM

    Can we just stop this already! Rice had the greatest numbers. Moss had the greatest talent.

  16. commonsensedude says: Feb 3, 2013 5:33 PM

    I think a more accurate statement about Moss is that he is the most physically gifted wide receiver in history. Certainly not better than Jerry Rice and therefore not the best. But probably the receiver with the most God-given natural talent.

  17. hatesycophants says: Feb 3, 2013 5:42 PM

    It wasn’t a rant. He stated his opinion.

  18. ksolomonjr says: Feb 3, 2013 5:45 PM

    You can’t say “I play when I want too” and be considered the greatest of all time.

  19. wwwmattcom says: Feb 3, 2013 5:51 PM

    Reed has been snubbed too long. These writers whose votes count seem to think putting Reed in the HOF is as risky as drafting a WR in the top ten. You can’t be wrong to put Andre in. Do It! Carter is annoying.

  20. daknight93 says: Feb 3, 2013 5:55 PM

    Jerry’s work ethic and giving 100% in every game of his career makes him the best receiver to ever play the game..Jerry worked on his skills and body year round without taking time off for 20 years in the NFL..on the other hand, Randy Moss was the most talented deep-threat receiver to ever play, but he didn’t have the work ethic as Jerry and played hard only on his terms which is extremely selfish cause that attitude he had for years hurt his team…Randy was just a very moody player his entire career..you just wouldn’t know which Randy you would get on gameday..Randy could take over a game one week and wow fans and if he didn’t feel like playing, he would take plays off and be a nonfactor.

  21. Laura says: Feb 3, 2013 6:28 PM

    So conflicted: on the one hand, this is the same guy who said last year that Megatron wasn’t one of the top 5 WR’s in the league; on the other hand, *this* time he’s right.

  22. masterblaster78 says: Feb 3, 2013 6:28 PM

    Cris Carter is the reason why Moss made it in the NFL. Cris matured Moss as much as he could. Moss is still a moron with a swelled head. He’ll never be the greatest.

  23. fdugrad says: Feb 3, 2013 6:36 PM

    It appears as though comments lean in the direction of Moss having the most natural talent . This begs the question, why then are Mr. Rice’s numbers so much better and why does he have more championships than ” The Best?” If anything, the evidence suggests the presence of career squandering and brings up the question whether Moss is even the SECOND best receiver of all time.

  24. wludford says: Feb 4, 2013 10:31 AM

    Moss certainly didn’t do anything to improve his reputation/legacy in the Super Bowl.

    The Ed Reed INT was thrown to Moss (it was overthrown), but Moss didn’t even go up for it- had he done so he may have come down with it, or at least deflected it so Reed may not have made the INT.

    There was another TD pass attempt thrown to Moss that wasn’t a great throw either, but Moss made no attempt at it whatsoever.

    Had Moss made an effort on either of those plays, the 9ers win.

    Statistically, Moss has the numbers to make the HOF. Everything else about him screams “no way”!

  25. theytukrjobs says: Feb 4, 2013 2:32 PM

    Look you can’t convince the masses that Moss was “better” than Rice because Rice had so much better stats, particularly over his career. But if you compare both players in their prime and just say who was the better player then it isn’t unreasonable at all to go with Moss.

    1) Moss played on two of the three most prolific offenses of all time and that is no coincidence.

    2) Moss only had an HOF caliber QB for one season, at which time his offense shattered anything that any one of Jerry’s offenses ever achieved. Moss broke the TD record that year.

    3) Just watch the career highlights of each player. If anything else Moss had much more of a Wow factor.

  26. spartan822 says: Feb 4, 2013 2:33 PM

    Carter is right, Rice is the best ever WR. Moss is very talented, but he wasted a lot of that talent with his poor attitude.

    Carter is the best Vikings WR ever. He did more for the Vikings than Moss did in his career. Ask any of my fellow Vikings fans and I’m sure they’ll agree.

  27. filthymcnasty1 says: Feb 4, 2013 3:44 PM

    Can’t these old Viking players just get along?

    Combine Randy and the Vikings and they are now 0-6 in Superbowls.

  28. stellarperformance says: Feb 4, 2013 8:02 PM

    Chris Carter became a man while tearing up the NFL, and as a Packer fan I have come to like this guy more every year. Moss, on the other hand, will be a selfish self-indulgent child for the rest of his life. Thank God he was denied a ring. If it weren’t for the murderer on the other team, I might give a _hit about this SuperBowl.

  29. pack13queens0 says: Feb 4, 2013 8:31 PM

    Jordy Nelson will be known as the best receiver ever after he retires. And how does Cris Carter get into the Hall of Fame when he doesn’t have a Super Bowl ring?

  30. ejmat2 says: Feb 5, 2013 2:33 PM

    People seem to not know the difference between talent and athleticism. As a Viking and Randy Moss fan there is no doubt Jerry Rice was the better WR. Moss had more athleticism and truly could have been the best ever. However, Rice is the one that ALWAYS played with his heart and never took plays off. Moss openly admitted to doing so. I’m more of a Moss fan but Rice was the better football player.

  31. ejmat2 says: Feb 5, 2013 2:35 PM

    pack13queens0 says:
    Feb 4, 2013 8:31 PM
    Jordy Nelson will be known as the best receiver ever after he retires. And how does Cris Carter get into the Hall of Fame when he doesn’t have a Super Bowl ring?
    ———————————-

    Has to be one of the worst statements ever. I guess Dan Marino, Tony Gonzalez or any other great player that never won a superbowl don’t deserve to be a Hall of Famers either.

    Jordy Nelson, as good as he is, needs to have a year where he isn’t hurt before you can make a statement like that.

  32. 4ever9er says: Feb 5, 2013 2:43 PM

    @packsqueen…. You don’t have to have a ring to be inducted into the Hall Of Fame!

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