Randy Moss: Super Bowl Ring Will Cap a Hall of Fame Career

Kyle NewportFeatured ColumnistFebruary 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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San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Randy Moss grabbed the media's attention this past week, but he will need a Super Bowl ring in order to back up his talk.

During media day, Moss declared himself the "greatest receiver to ever do it," with video courtesy of Yahoo! Sports. His comments created a controversy, especially considering Jerry Rice played most of his career with San Francisco.

Rice is in the Pro Football Hall of Fame, and Moss will join him there some day. However, the numbers aren't even close when comparing the two. Moss said in the video that he doesn't look at numbers. He looks more at the impact he has made on his teams.

The veteran is arguably the most athletic receiver and biggest deep threat to ever play the game. Moss was a better player than Terrell Owens, Chad Johnson and Marvin Harrison, which isn't easy to do.

Now the only thing Moss needs to do to complete his career is win a Super Bowl. 

He was part of the 2007 New England Patriots, who made a run at being only the second undefeated team in NFL history. The receiver broke Rice's single-season touchdown record with 23 scores. Before this season, that was his best chance at winning a ring.

In that game, Moss scored the go-ahead touchdown with just under three minutes to play. It looked like the Patriots would go 19-0 and Moss would finally get a ring, but Eli Manning and David Tyree pulled off the most historic upset in recent memory.

ProFootballTalk.com's Mike Florio reported last week that Moss is planning on playing another year, but what would winning the Super Bowl this year do to that plan?

Rice won three Super Bowl titles, but Moss is searching for his first ring. By winning on Sunday, he has a chance to cap his career. 

The odds are against him, but winning the Super Bowl Most Valuable Player Award would give him a trophy that he has never received before. It will take an incredible game for a wide receiver to win the award, but Moss has enough left in the tank to do it.

San Francisco has an explosive offense, and Moss could play a big role in the game. The Baltimore Ravens will be focused on Michael Crabtree and Vernon Davis, so Moss will have plenty of chances to be a game-changer.

Quarterback Colin Kaepernick will also draw the Ravens' attention because of his athleticism. Moss is in the perfect position to have his best game as a 49er.

If he can put together a memorable performance, everyone will remember him for the great receiver that he is. The most athletic receiver to ever play the game will get another chance to win a championship.

While his numbers don't quite compare to Rice's, Moss is chasing the elusive Super Bowl title. With a win on Sunday, he will cap off a phenomenal career and be on his way to Canton.