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By Alan Robinson
Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2013, 8:24 p.m.

NEW ORLEANS – Randy Moss doesn't talk much to reporters as he reprises his career as a speciality receiver for the NFC champion 49ers, but he often says something interesting when he does.

During Super Bowl media day Tuesday, Moss offered up a couple of interesting takes on his career: Nobody ever did it better than he did, and he really isn't all that excited about his current role as a decoy.

“I think I'm the greatest receiver ever to play this game,” Moss said of an accolade more often thrown Jerry Rice's way.

And of being a complementary receiver rather than the go-to man in San Francisco, Moss said, “I don't like it very much, I don't.”

Hall of Fame running back Marshall Faulk respects Moss' opinion but said, “It's Jerry Rice, it's easy.”

• Steelers linebacker LaMarr Woodley is openly rooting for the Ravens to win the Super Bowl. Safety Ryan Clark has long professed his respect for the Ravens, saying if there was another other NFL team he could play for, it would be them. Given the intensity of the Ravens-Steelers rivalry, several Baltimore players were somewhat surprised to hear of their Pittsburgh support, including wide receiver Torrey Smith. “Oh?” Smith said. “Obviously, it's a heated rival. Off the field, guys are cool, man. Even during games it's a respectful rival. … Ryan Clark and I have conversations during the game, I think that (attitude is) a credit to the people they are, not throwing (cheap shots).”

• The man who made 49ers lineman Joe Staley what he is – only much bigger ­– is in the NFL now that the Eagles have hired Chip Kelly, the former coach at Oregon and Central Michigan. Remarkably, Staley once thought his path to the NFL would be as a wide receiver. He wound up there, partly because of Kelly's intervention, as an offensive tackle. “I started out as a skinny 200-pound wide receiver coming out of high school. I was a sprinter and all of that stuff. I was really fast. Then I got fat,” said Staley, a former Central Michigan player. “Played tight end my freshman year in college. Brian Kelly came in (his sophomore year) and said ‘We do not use tight ends in our offense but we want to keep you on the field in some way. We are going to move you to tackle.' I cried my eyes out. I am not afraid to admit it. I almost transferred but then stayed, gained weight, busted my butt and got drafted.”

• With thousands of reporters present, it's now common for some in the media crowd to seek attention. On Tuesday, one dressed in a superhero uniform, and others wore similarly outlandish clothing or too-tall hats. Most of the players simply looked the other way, though in the very spacious Mercedes-Benz Superdome, there was something garish to see in every direction. “It's like Mardi Gras without liquor and with cameras,” 49ers defensive end Ray McDonald said.

• Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco is a New Jersey native, so it's natural to think he favors the Super Bowl being played next year in his home state. He doesn't. He is so opposed to it, he called the decision to play in MetLife Stadium “retarded” – an insensitive comment that drew rebuke. Still, Flacco isn't changing his position. “They've done it the way they've been doing it (playing in a domed stadium or a warm-weather locale) for 47 years. There's a lot that goes into this game, more than just playing the game: it's about the fans and it's about the players that played for the right to get there. It's just kind of a crazy decision, I believe.”

– Alan Robinson

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