Randy Moss may be fading, and he’s no longer what he once was during his prime days in Minnesota and later New England. But we can all agree that during those times and during those years, he was an elite receiver, and one of the best in the game, yes? OK, good.

But do those years make him the best receiver of all time, and better than, say, Jerry Rice? Well, let’s see what Randy Moss had to say at his Media Day podium.

Hey Randy Moss, do you think Randy Moss is the best there ever was, and the best there ever will be?

So you’re telling me that Moss — the dude who will always and forever be rolling in straight cash, homey — said something outlandish during a day dedicated to players verbalizing such things? If anyone needs me I’ll be in my bunker with an abundant supply of peanut butter. I was once told that if the rapture comes, peanut butter will be our salvation.

Of course, Moss said more words which made sentences that led to raised eyebrows, also saying that he’s not sure if he’ll be back in San Francisco next year, which is probably because he’s not currently happy with his diminished role. The surprises just never stop, and his most blasphemous utterance may have been about Beyonce, and his distaste for her musical stylings. War is forthcoming, Randy.

But the comment highlighted above will rightfully get the most attention, because it’s an interesting discussion, even if in the opinion of most Moss falls far short of Rice. We know that in the opinion of the stats he certainly does, because although Moss ranks third on the all-time receiving yards list with a still very remarkable 15,292 yards, Rice is significantly ahead with his 22,895.

However, Moss has also arrived at his perch with far fewer receptions, as he currently has 982 grabs to Rice’s 1,549. So some quick arithmetic then leads to the discovery that Moss is averaging nearly a full yard more than Rice per catch (15.6 to 14.8), which is a fair gap between the two over the stretch of lengthy careers. Moss has at least one more year left — or so he says — and if we assume he then retires a year from now, Rice and Moss will have played a combined 43 seasons. But there’s also the scoring factor, as Rice finished with 197 touchdowns, while Moss is hovering at 156.

What this comes down to then is a matter of personal preference, and most football folk will very much prefer a wide receiver who was far more consistent and productive into his early 40′s (Rice played until the age of 42), over a receiver who has sprinkled apathy-filled seasons in with his brilliance, and he’s declined drastically since 2010, Moss’ age 33 season.