Super Bowl notebook: Randy Moss proclaims 'I'm greatest' WR ever
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
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.
- Doctor says treatments have left ‘no evidence’ of Kelly’s cancer
- NFL notebook: Browns not ready to name starting QB
- Ex-Titans, Penn St. LB Shaw says he has ALS
- Browns give nod to Hoyer to start at QB in opener vs. Steelers
- NFL notebook: Chiefs WR Bowe suspended 1 game
- NFL notebook: Manziel: ‘I don’t think I’m ready for Pittsburgh right nowe_SSRq
- NFL notebook: Falcons lose veteran OT Baker for season
- NFL notebook: Simms, Dungy won’t use term ‘Redskins’