If Randy Moss' career was to end today, he would still likely be a first-ballot Hall of Famer. His numbers have raised the bar for every wide receiver that has followed him on draft day and, for this portion of his career, Moss has been pushing the envelope even further to put his name among the best of all time.
In six years, Moss has already amassed 515 receptions for 8,365 yards and 77 touchdowns. Of the top 20 receivers of all time (by receptions) only four -- Jerry Rice, Tim Brown, Marvin Harrison and Jimmy Smith -- are active. Ozzie Newsome sits at No. 20 in receptions with 662. Moss is already with 150 catches of that mark, but his yardage and TD totals are even more stunning when put in comparison.
Of the receivers in the top 20 all time, only Harrison has played less than 10 years. Most played 13 or more. Moss already has more touchdowns than top 20 players like Art Monk (16 years), Henry Ellard (16), James Lofton (16), Shannon Sharpe (14), Michael Irvin (12), Charlie Joiner (18) and Herman Moore (12). He is currently battling Harrison to be the first to 100 touchdowns -- Harrison has 83 TDs. If he scores just 23 touchdowns the remainder of his career, only two players -- Jerry Rice (194) and Cris Carter (130) -- currently would have more.
His yardage numbers are just as impressive. Even if Moss were to have just 5,000 more yards receiving, he would finish with 13,000 yards for his career -- there would only be four players with more yards -- Rice, Brown, Lofton and Carter.
Realistically, if Moss simply recreates the numbers of the first six years for the duration of his career -- whether that be six more years, seven, eight, etc. -- he would finish his career with 1,030 receptions for 16,730 yards and 144 touchdowns. Only Rice would have numbers superior to that.
While there's no denying Rice's legacy as the greatest wide receiver of all time, his longevity has padded his numbers in recent years. He is a testament to hard work, conditioning and a passion to play the game. There are still some doubts as to whether Moss has the intensity to play into his mid-30s. Many think he won't, but one thing can be agreed on -- the numbers Moss is posting are already putting him in rarified air and, if they continue, he and Rice will stand alone atop the all-time record book.
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