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    Re: Top 100 players of all time : Randy Moss

    65 seems low for arguably the second best receiver ever
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    What a video. Good stuff, thanks for sharing.
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    Re: Top 100 players of all time : Randy Moss

    Anybody else have chills? Resign moss now!
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    I've seen TD #23 (2007) a hundred times, but I still get the chills on that one. I know the season ended in disappointment, but I regard 07 as the most exciting season of football I've ever seen.

    #65 on that list is really a shame. But whatever, it's just some dumb list.
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    Re: Top 100 players of all time : Randy Moss

    the second best reciever? if anything moss is arguably the BEST reciever in NFL history

    its b/w him and Rice, although i would give it to Rice

    i dont see what WR's could possibly be above him other than the aforementioned name...

    certainly not TO, or harrison....who else is there????
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    Rice is the best of all time!!The guy wasnt the fastest but he ran crisp routes and always played big in big games.I love Moss but its about determination with him.
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    Randy Moss is under appreciated in New England. He gets ripped by national and Boston media far more than he deserves. He's been one of the team's hardest workers and producers since he's been here.

    He's on the verge of breaking or tying some huge all-time records, and it's not really getting the attention or recognition or appreciation he should be receiving.
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    Pass. Brady has tons of weapons. He needs to start trusting them.:eek::eek::eek:
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    If he's 65, who's 64?
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    Honestly, its hard to tell whos better; Him or Rice. Moss is the athletic super freak, but Jerry Rice's work ethic and determination to go out there and run just superb routes mixed in with his great hands. It's really a toss-up. In their prime, I'd be happy with either. Although, I'd probably take Rice if given the choice. Randy, as much as I love him, revolves around the deep ball a little to much - which can be harder to throw. I'd rather have Rice who can do everything.
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    Great video, surprised he's only #65.
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    Billick is sporting the expansive vocabulary... :D
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    it depends on luck too how a career shapes up. imagine if brady was picked by the cards in 2000. who knows if he wouldve developed into the same player. rice was drafted by a great coach in a great system with a future HOF QB. not saying he would not have flourished elsewhere but sometimes these are important factors in how they end up in their careers.
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    I would be curious to see how they justify putting any WR but Rice ahead of Moss. If Harrison, Tim Brown, Cris Carter, or someone along those lines is ahead of Randy, you might as well not even pay attention to the rest. It's probably garbage.
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    so far as i can remember from 70-100 , i remember only seeing michael irvin in the 90s. so i assume these guys are probably above moss, even TO if he at all in the list.
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    No one questions Rice's legitimacy as a Hall of Famer. But when it comes to Rice's ultimate legacy, the question is whether he was one of the greatest players ever, or the greatest player ever. And there will be some who think Rice's otherworldly numbers (aka Parts I and II) need to be discounted because he benefited so much from playing with Joe Montana and Steve Young for the majority of his career. Clearly, Rice was fortunate to play with Montana and Young. No one disputes that. The question is: by how much? That's an impossible question to answer, but what we can do is look at the seasons during which Rice was working with a non-Montana/Young QB for a substantial amount of time:

    * In Rice's rookie year, Montana missed one game. Matt Cavanaugh started against the Eagles, who had one of the best pass defenses in the league. Rice caught 3 passes for 71 yards and a score.

    * In 1986, Rice's second season, Montana suffered a severe back injury in week one that nearly ended his career. Jeff Kemp (6) and Mike Moroski (2) started half of the season before Montana came back. In those eight games, Rice caught 40 passes for 820 yards and 9 TDs. Over sixteen games, 80 receptions, 1640 yards and 18 TDs would have been the most impressive season by any receiver in the league. Excluding Rice (who had 86-1570-15), Stanley Morgan had the second most receiving yards (1491) and Wesley Walker was second in receiving touchdowns (12). And yes, to those observant readers, Rice's numbers that season were better without a gimpy Montana than with one.

    * Montana and Young would start every non-strike game over the next four seasons, so let's skip ahead to 1991. Montana had a season-ending elbow injury in the pre-season and Young injured his knee in mid-season. Steve Bono started six games for the 49ers, and Rice caught 33 passes for 415 yards and four scores playing with Bono. After losing their first start under Bono, the 49ers would win their next five games. Pro-rated over 16 games, Rice (88 receptions, 1107 yards, 10.7 TDs) would have ranked 4th, 8th and 5th in receptions, receiving yards and receiving TDs with Bono.

    * In 1995, Young went down again, and this time Elvis Grbac took over. In five starts, Rice put up an absurd 31-550-4, for a pro-rated 99-1760-12.8 (actual 122-1848-15). Those 1760 receiving yards would be good enough for #2 all-time on the single-season list.

    * Young missed four more starts in 1996, with Grbac again picking up the slack. Rice scored in every game, and caught 27 passes for 322 yards and 5 scores. The pro-rated Rice would have led the league with his 108 catches and ranked 4th with his 1288 yards; his 20 TDs would outpace the #2 man by six scores. The actual Rice had 108-1254-8.

    So for 5 seasons, Grbac (9), Kemp (6), Bono (6), Moroski (2) and Cavanugh (1) starting 24 games for the 49ers. In exactly a year and a half's worth of games, Rice caught 134 passes for 2,177 yards and 23 TDs, and ran for one score as well. That's an average season of 89 catches, 1451 receiving yards and 16 touchdowns, or roughly the career best season for nearly every WR who has ever played the game. And, of course, only 25% of those games came during what we would typically call a wide receiver's prime. Eighteen of those 24 games that he played without Montana or Young came during Rice's first or second season, or when he was 33- or 34-years old. In '95 and '96, playing at an age when most receivers start slowing down, catching passes from Elvis Grbac, and playing with Derek Loville and Terry Kirby at RB, Rice put up numbers that could arguably pass for the best season of Cris Carter's or Steve Largent's career.

    And then there are the Jeff Garcia and the Rich Gannon years.

    Rice's two worst seasons in San Francisco (ignoring 1997, when he missed most of the season with a torn ACL) were the two seasons when Garcia was the 49ers primary QB. In 1999, he had 830 receiving yards and 5 scores, and the next season he had 805 yards and seven touchdowns. Far from great numbers, but he had a good excuse: Rice was 37 and 38 years old. Only two players in NFL history, Rice and Charlie Joiner, have caught even 600 yards worth of passes at age 37 or older. Only a handful of receivers in NFL history have caught any passes at age 37 or older. It's easy to be blinded by the standard Rice set for himself, but apart from one Charlie Joiner season, those two disappointing seasons were the best in NFL history for a man of his age. And then he moved to Oakland and blew those seasons away.

    Of all the unbreakable records set by Rice, what he did in Oakland may be the most impressive. At age 40, he caught 92 passes for over 1200 yards. No other player in NFL history has gained a single yard receiving while in his 40s.


    I'll take a stab at this when talking about the BEST EVER not being able to distinguish yourself from yours peers should clearly state your NOT the best ever when other players played equal to or better than you on a consistent basis. We're not talking about top 5 or 10 we're talking about # 1 if he wasn't considered the best in the league during that time how can you be best Ever? His #'s are impressive but are they more impressive than Holt, Bruce, Owens, or Harrison. While Rice's 86-96 stretch is better than any receiver's career. that's a 11 years stretch compared to Moss who is at 13 years and counting and don't forget Rice played another 9 more seasons on top of that.
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    But the list goes back to the early days, Ernie Nevers was on it.
    Clearly Moss at 65 isnt going to be the #2 WR, but I dont think his contemporaries are the ones ahead of him.
    Don Hutson
    Ray Berry
    Steve Largent
    Jerry Rice

    would put 5 WRs in the top 65 in a 75 year old league where WRs were secondary stars for the first 50.
    Sounds about right. Assume half are O half are D.
    That leaves 32 on O ahead of Moss.

    QB and RB figure to make up at least half of the 32. That leaves 16 for OL, WR and TE. 4 WRs does not seem far off.
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