Rice is first in receptions (1,549); Moss is ninth (982). Rice and Moss are first and second in touchdown catches, but Rice has a sizeable lead (197-156).
Will Moss catch Rice in any of those categories? Consider this: The career numbers for Moss at 35 are similar to Rice, who had 1,050 receptions for 16,377 yards and 156 touchdowns after his age 35 season.
Of course, Rice followed that up with six consecutive 800-yard seasons and tacked on 41 more touchdowns before retiring at 42 years old.
Moss, on the other hand, hasn't had a truly productive year since 2009, his final full season with the New England Patriots. In 2010, Moss spent time with the Patriots, Vikings and Titans. After a year in retirement, Moss returned this season with the 49ers.
Their legacies are vastly different, and as Irvin mentioned, Moss has no hardware to flash. Rice has three Super Bowl rings.
Moss reiterated his point again Wednesday, but why back down from the narrative? He said he revolutionized the game, which is hard to argue. Numbers don't tell the entire story, he said, which is also true.
Pete Rose is the all-time hits leader in Major League Baseball history, but not many would argue he's the greatest hitter, right?
Moss made a similar argument Wednesday.
"If you sit here and just said, 'Who is the greatest running back?' Statistically it is Emmitt Smith. People would say Barry Sanders, Gale Sayers or Jim Brown. Their numbers do not match Emmitt Smith, but people would say Emmitt Smith is the best running back?"
DJ Steve Porter compiled several Moss one-liners into a video that has nearly five million views on YouTube.
"I'm going to say what I want to say," Moss repeats in Porter's song.
"Did I say anything stupid today?"
Stupid? Nah. Savvy? Yep.
"Sometimes we think brothers are not as smart because you make comments like 'straight cash homey,'" Irvin told Dan Patrick on Wednesday, "but obviously he's smarter than you think."
And if you exhausted any energy arguing the hottest topic from Super Bowl Media Day, consider yourself Mossed.
Contact sports editor Chuck McGill at chuck.mcg...@dailymail.com or 304-348-7949.