Which Hall of Fame nominee would you want on your team: Randy Moss or Ray Lewis? | The Tylt
Which Hall of Fame nominee would you want on your team: Randy Moss or Ray Lewis?
Jerry Rice may have a bulk of the receiving records, but Randy Moss was the greatest athlete who put on cleats. No cornerback could stay in front of him, no quarterback could out throw him and there wasn't a ball he couldn't grab with his jumping ability. He may have had an up-and-down career, but his impact is undeniable. Despite drawing double and triple teams, Moss still got numbers—including a record 23 touchdowns with the Patriots in 2007. Any team would have been lucky to have Randy Moss.
Randy's value is not necessarily in his numbers—it was about his impact. He helped five of the seven quarterbacks he played with have career years while he was the primary option at wide receiver. Randall Cunningham, Jeff George, Dante Culpepper, Matt Cassel and Tom Brady all benefited from having Moss running on the outside. His presence drew other defenders, opening things up for his teammates. Moss' impact makes him the greatest wideout of all time.
There may never have been a more complete defensive player than Ray Lewis. Not only did he possess the physical tools to get the job done, he had the intelligence to diagnose plays and get his teammates in positions before the snap was even made. It always seemed like Lewis was a step ahead of everyone, resulting in 31 interceptions, 41.5 sacks and 1,562 tackles at middle linebacker. Lewis' physical and mental acumen made him the perfect quarterback for any defense.
He may have had all the physical tools, and the football IQ to dominate the game, but his real value was in his leadership. There was no linebacker more prepared than Lewis, who knew his opponents' playbook just as well as his own.
No one could rally the troops like he could, with fiery speeches to help his team get in the right mindset to play the game. Not only did he play at his best, he made sure the people around him did as well. People would run through walls for Lewis. Could you say the same about Randy Moss?