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Jerry Rice rips Randy Moss on his work ethic

Posted on: August 9, 2011 9:54 am
Edited on: August 10, 2011 7:00 am
 
MossPosted by Josh Katzowitz

With WR Randy Moss announcing his retirement last week, there’s been plenty of talk recently about Moss’ legacy.

On Tuesday morning, Hall of Famer Jerry Rice weighed in on the topic, and he wasn’t completely complimentary.

During an interview on ESPN Radio, and transcribed by Pro Football Talk, Rice talked about Moss’ penchant for taking off plays and how that affects how people will think of him.

“It was hard for me to swallow because I was not as talented and I had to work harder,” Rice said. “To see a guy with that much talent not give it 100 percent, it was almost like a little slap in the face. But Randy was Randy.”

And if Moss HAD worked a little harder?

“He could have been one of the greatest,” Rice said. “I don’t think he wanted to give it 100 percent. You never knew what you were going to get with Randy. Sometimes you’d get the unbelievable guy, the amazing guy. Other times you’d get the guy that took a couple plays off.”

This, I believe, is one reason teams who need WRs this year will think twice about contacting Moss. He proved last year that instead of being effective while being a bad influence in the locker room, he’s now ineffective while being a bad influence in the locker room (does anybody remember the story about Moss yelling in front of the Vikings caterer the opinion that, “I wouldn’t feed this to my dog!”).

Which is why Moss probably will – and should – stay retired. And why HOF voters might remember his antics five years from now.

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Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: January 16, 2012 3:23 pm
 

Jerry Rice rips Randy Moss on his work ethic




Since: Nov 19, 2011
Posted on: December 25, 2011 7:35 pm
 

Jerry Rice rips Randy Moss on his work ethic

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Since: Dec 18, 2011
Posted on: December 18, 2011 12:30 pm
 

Jerry Rice rips Randy Moss on his work ethic

Moss was a once-in-a-generation talent who could have re-written the wide receiver record books.  Rice was spot-on with his comments...



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Since: Nov 28, 2011
Posted on: November 28, 2011 11:23 pm
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Since: Aug 9, 2011
Posted on: September 20, 2011 11:58 pm
 

Jerry Rice rips Randy Moss on his work ethic

Not going to disagree at all with your comment about Rice running slant routes or Moss not wanting to take hits. However, you do want to players to do what they do best... Rice ran slants that's what he did best, Moss could run by anybody and jump over anybody and that's what he did best.. That type of skill isn't utilized best by running slants... I do disagree totally with the showboating. As talented and good as Moss was I don't think he ever cared about the attention or tried to attract the attention like others Ex. Ocho and T.O. One thing Rice had more than Moss is passion for football. Even when Moss first enter the league he said he had other passions and goals in life other than football ex. Owning a nascar team... That's exactly why Rice is and will be even 30 years later still going around trying to do interviews talking about what he "was". On the other hand, Moss will go quietly and be satisfied with his career speaking for itself and never trying to defend himself. 



Since: Mar 16, 2008
Posted on: September 11, 2011 3:15 am
 

Jerry Rice rips Randy Moss on his work ethic

Exactly Rice ran slant routes and had to avoid players and tackles to make plays. Moss didn't want to take a hit thats why he ran sideline routes. Rice was a nobody when he was drafted and worked hard to get where he is now. Moss was hyped up all his career and all he wanted to do was showboat.



Since: Mar 16, 2008
Posted on: September 11, 2011 3:08 am
 

Jerry Rice rips Randy Moss on his work ethic

Andre Reed is already in the Hall of Fame



Since: Mar 25, 2011
Posted on: August 24, 2011 10:48 am
 

Jerry Rice rips Randy Moss on his work ethic

And if Moss HAD worked a little harder?

“He could have been one of the greatest,” Rice said. “I don’t think he wanted to give it 100 percent. You never knew what you were going to get with Randy. Sometimes you’d get the unbelievable guy, the amazing guy. Other times you’d get the guy that took a couple plays off.”


Sorry Jerry, he was still one of the best. 



Since: Jun 17, 2007
Posted on: August 10, 2011 6:07 pm
 

Jerry Rice rips Randy Moss on his work ethic

Very well put Tdomination21 and I will take it one step further. Randy Moss is the greatest wide receiver to ever play the game.

Randy Moss and Jerry Rice were two different kind of receivers. How many 50 yard sprints did you ever see Rice make before he caught the ball. For that matter, how many consecutive 50 yard sprints could you run in a row without blowing chunks? Do you really think that Rice would have had such a storied career catching passes from the likes of Daunte Culpepper rather than Montana, Young, and Gannon?

For all of you latter day fans Jerry wasn't  exactly a model citizen in the locker room either, Jerry was the prototypical diva wide receiver. One reporter had the balls to write an article about " the real Jerry Rice" and got blackballed as a result. Media had a whole different meaning back then. No twitter, no high speed internet, and ESPN was still about sports. Who the heck do you think was Terrell Owens role model early in his career, that's right, Jerry Rice.

If Randy does come out of retirement and plays seven more years he could break many of Rice's records.




Since: Aug 10, 2011
Posted on: August 10, 2011 1:44 pm
 

Jerry Rice rips Randy Moss on his work ethic

If memory serves, several years ago there was an interview with Rice that talked about his success.  In that interview, he talked about how he set goals for every season and most of the time the goals were not dealing with key stats.  These goals were not announced and his personal goals (at least until late in his career when they had this interview).  I specifically remember that he set a goal one year to be a better blocker (then went into details of what he did to become a better blocker).  To me, that statement summed up how great Rice was.  Then you have a guy like Moss that takes plays off.  The fact that Rice tried to improve his blocking shows me that he wanted to help the team on EVERY PLAY.  Even when he was not going to get the ball. 

I think all players (pros, college and even high school) need to learn a lesson from these type of examples.  These days, all we hear about are guys concerned about their stats or predicting their stats.  I, for one, am getting tired of hearing how the next star player wants to put up 2000 yards (are you listening Wallace).  

I have the greatest respect for receivers that are trying to help their team on every play (running, receiving, blocking, whatever it takes).  These are the examples in plays that I show my sons.  Not the highlight films.  I take the dvr of a game and rewind to show them the little things.  Did you see that RB carry out that fake handoff?  Did you see that QB carry out the fake drop back after he did hand it off?  Did you see that WR step in there and block that guy?  As a Steelers fan, I just have to mention Hines in that same thought...enough said there....

Football is the ultimate team sport.  Jerry Rice is absolutely right!!!!  We need guys that are/were great players and leaders to call out the "head cases" that are not giving it 100% for their team.   Let's face it, Moss will probably make it to the HOF.  I personally don't think any "me first" players should ever make it to the HOF.  Yes, that includes Owens, Chad Johnson (I will not call him that other idiotic name), Keyshawn Johnson...the list can go on for some time. 

Jerry,  YOU ARE THE BEST OF ALL TIME!!!  I don't say that for the stats.  The stats speak for themselves.  I say that because you respected the game, your team, teammates and others around you.

"Steelerfan2000"


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