Years active: 1998-2012
Teams played for: Vikings, Raiders, Patriots, Titans, 49ers
Best chance: Playing in Super Bowl XLII with the Patriots.
Randy Moss is the greatest wide receiver the NFL has had since Jerry Rice. With apologies to Cris Carter, Terrell Owens, and even Calvin Johnson, there just hasn't been a more devastating aerial weapon post-Rice. His 2007 season on the 18-1 Patriots saw him set the single-season touchdown record at 23, breaking Jerry Rice's record. Nobody could stretch the field and score acrobatically the way Moss did. He scored double-digit touchdowns in 9 of his 13 seasons, and were it not for those two disinterested years he spent in exile in Oakland (Kerry Collins, Andrew Walter, and Aaron Brooks were his quarterbacks) 11 of Moss' first 12 NFL seasons could've ended with double-digit scores. Nevertheless, Moss' career numbers are staggering: 156 touchdowns (second all-time), 15,292 receiving yards (third all-time), and 15.6 yards per reception.
Here’s how close Moss got: In 1998, Moss set a rookie touchdown record (17) and lined up across from Cris Carter for those 15-1 Vikings. That didn't work out. He got even closer in Super Bowl XLII with the previously undefeated Patriots, and for the first like 58 minutes of the game, it looked as if Moss would finally get his ring. That didn't work out either. Were it not for Asante Samuel's slippery mitts and David Tyree's sticky helmet, Moss would've had the distinction of catching the Super Bowl-winning score. History wasn't kind to the game's best since Jerry Rice.