Randy Moss Retires Leaving as Malcontent Well Short of Jerry Rice's Records
Randy Moss retired on Monday, leaving behind a legacy of whining, quitting and unbelievable athleticism that will have us pondering for years. It will be tough to slot Moss on the board of legendary receivers. All I know is that he is behind Jerry Rice.
Randy Moss was one of the greatest deep threats to ever play football. There is no denying that his talent and athleticism made him one of the best to line up wide on the gridiron.
That organ between the ears is the one drawback this phenom never got the best of in his 15 year career. Simply, Randy Moss got the better of Randy Moss time and again.
The one barometer we have of excellence on and off the field is Jerry Rice. The greatest of all-time worked his tail off on every play, and it helped secure his team three Super Bowls. It also helped Rice become arguably the best to ever play his position.
So where does Moss measure up to the Ali of all wide receivers? The answer is behind him. It really doesn't matter where we slot him after number one. The sad fact is he had the tools to be at Rice's level or better than.
In the end, Rice is far superior. Not because of the three rings to Moss' none, not because of the 197 TD's to Moss' 153, but because Jerry Rice gave it his all every single day, and every single play.
We got all that Rice had, and it showed. Moss was too often worried about Randy Moss, never putting team first.
In time, Moss will certainly go into the Hall of Fame as one of the best to put on pads. I have no problem with that. He is deserving of much respect, especially on the day he retires.
Many feel that a player with another season in him quit today. It can't be surprising for a player that took so many plays off.
For me, I will remember Moss as a player that could have been so much more. He had it all, and gave only some. That is why he will be known as great, but not the best.
If you want that distinction, you have to out work and out hustle. You have to be like Jerry Rice.
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