NEW ORLEANS — Randy Moss is standing by his claim that he's the best receiver to ever play in the NFL.
"What I said is what I felt, and I don't want to get into a shouting match with Jerry Rice or anybody," Moss said Wednesday during the 49ers' media access for Super Bowl XLVII. "It's my personal opinion. (Rice) has the numbers but I don't believe in numbers."
Rice, however, also has Super Bowl rings. Moss is looking to win his first one Sunday when the 49ers face the Baltimore Ravens at the Superdome.
"In today's society, it's how we measure athletes or teams — on rings," Moss said. "I don't base it that way. I changed the game. But I'm not trying to make it all about me."
Moss, in 2007, broke one of Rice's records by catching 23 touchdown passes for the New England Patriots. Moss noted Wednesday that Rice never phoned him to offer congratulations, something Moss said he'd do to anyone who's surpassed one of his records.
"With the respect and love I have for (Rice), not that I wanted a call, but I thought I would at least get a call to say, 'Congratulations' or something like that," Moss said.
Rice, an ESPN analyst, said Tuesday about Moss' best-ever claim: "You have to look at the stats, you have to look at how you impacted the game, and it's all about winning this right here, this is it, the Super Bowl, and I was fortunate to win three."
Moss returned last March from a one-year hiatus to resume his career for a 14th season. Moss' 156 touchdown catches rank second all-time to Rice's 197.
"If I had two Hall of Fame quarterbacks, what would my numbers be? I worked with one for a few years and that was Tom Brady," Moss said. "Give me Tom Brady for the next five or six years and you'll see what my numbers would be...
"I'm not trying to be disrespectful because I have love for Jerry Rice. By me saying I'm the greatest wide receiver to ever do it, that's just my personal opinion. ... I don't want to get him fired up and make him think I'm being disrespectful. He started this, you know?
"I still have props, I still have love for him, but it's just something that I feel, that I am the greatest wide receiver to ever do it."
Moss produced 28 receptions for 434 yards and only three touchdowns in the regular season. None of his five receptions in the playoffs have gone for a touchdown.
"I have nothing to hang my hat on because I feel I haven't done anything this year," Moss said when asked what was his best play this season. "As a team, though, we set out to make it here and we've accomplished that goal."
Cornerback Carlos Rogers interrupted Moss' media session — at a round table instead of the six podiums — to tease him.
"You say you're the best receiver in the league. Well, you haven't faced me yet," Rogers told him.
Moss' response: "Let's do it today in practice. You OK with that, or do you want to do it after the Super Bowl."
Rogers opted for a post-season showdown, to which Moss said: "OK, the best defensive back and best wide receiver are going to go one-on-one after the season. You all stay tuned."