Randy Moss Winning the Super Bowl Will Show How Overrated the Accolade Is

Ryan MichaelSenior Writer IIIFebruary 3, 2013

NEW ORLEANS, LA - JANUARY 31:  Randy Moss #84 of the San Francisco 49ers addresses the media during Super Bowl XLVII Media Availability at the New Orleans Marriott on January 31, 2013 in New Orleans, Louisiana. The 49ers will take on the Baltimore Ravens on February 3, 2013 at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.  (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)
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The self-proclaimed greatest wide receiver in NFL history, Randy Moss, is one win away from his first Super Bowl championship.

Known as one of the best to have ever played the game, Moss' statistics and individual contributions certainly put him in the discussion for GOAT (greatest of all-time) consideration.

  • His 982 receptions are ninth best of all time.
  • His 15,292 receiving yards are third best of all time.
  • His 156 receiving touchdowns are second best of all-time.
  • His 23 touchdown receptions in 2007 are a single-season record.

Without the level of consistent team-support that benefited Jerry Rice, Moss was able to produce on various teams, within different systems, with many different quarterbacks throwing him the football, from his rookie season hauling in 17 touchdowns from Randall Cunningham to his lesser role 14 years later on a 49ers' team quarterbacked by Colin Kaepernick.

Prior to 2012, Moss was nothing more than a statistical juggernaut (10 1,000-yard receiving seasons) carrying a mostly unfounded and exaggerated disruptive perception of his supposed inability "to get the job done" in the eyes of the nonsensical masses. 

It didn't seem to matter to fans that many of his seasons rank right up there as some of the greatest in NFL history. Nor did the public seem to care that it had been arguably the most productive and consistent receiver for over a decade.

Ultimately, it came down to two words: "No rings," cried those incapable of evaluating individual contributions.

Fast-forward to February of 2013, on the heels of the least productive season of his entire career (just over 500 yards, including postseason appearances) and it is now that Moss is four quarters away from achieving what many misinformed would consider to be the greatest accolade of his career.

Because it's "all about winning championships," right?

Since Moss was drafted: Qadry Ismail, Travis Taylor, Troy Brown, David Patten and Joe Jurevicius have all brought home the hardware.

No rings though for Randy Moss, Terrell Owens, Tony Gonzalez, Chad Johnson, Andre Johnson or Calvin Johnson.

Moss can separate himself from the aforementioned ringless greats with a win this Sunday.

But it's everything he did prior to this chance at becoming a champion that will define his career as one of the greatest in NFL history.


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