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49ers' Randy Moss still racing after that elusive ring

  • Atlanta Falcons free safety Thomas DeCoud reaches for San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Randy Moss during the second half of the NFL football NFC Championship game Sunday, Jan. 20, 2013, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)

NEW ORLEANS — Randy Moss had been lying low. And then he went ahead and called himself the greatest wide receiver in the history of the NFL.

Everyone pounced on the proclamation, but hardly anybody agreed with Moss. The naysayers brandished statistics to demonstrate that Bay Area legend Jerry Rice was the best ever, and they went beyond Rice's massive leads in career catches, yards and touchdowns. Another number works to Rice's advantage. He owns three Super Bowl rings.

Moss is still looking for his first NFL title, a quest that may or may not end on the Superdome field this Sunday.

"I think that what I've accomplished in my professional career and throughout my whole life of playing football, I've really wanted a championship on every level," Moss said. "I've always told myself that I wanted to win a championship on this level. Having a Super Bowl ring, I think my career would be complete."

Whether you rank Moss first, second, third or further down the list, there is no denying his impact on the league. He burst upon the scene like a meteor as a rookie in 1998, outrunning, outleaping and outgrappling defensive backs all over the league. He has been voted to six Pro Bowls along the way, but it wasn't until the last of his Pro Bowl seasons, in 2007, that Moss finally played in a Super Bowl.


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