NEW ORLEANS – Randy Moss strolled to the podium on Super Bowl media day — his 49ers hat tilted slightly to the left, his sleeves rolled up high to reveal a cross tattooed on one arm, a large “R” tattooed on the other.
He carried himself very much like the star he once was.
“I don’t know how many questions I’m gonna give you,” he barked to reporters before breaking into a smile. “So go ahead.”
Then, for the next hour or so, he was the center of attention — a role he seemed perfectly suited for, even though he kept saying over and over that he just wants to be treated like anyone else.
Moss proclaimed himself “the greatest receiver ever to play this game.” He urged all the coaches out there to listen to their players every now and then.
“I’m me,” Moss declared. “I just do it my way. That’s just how I feel. I don’t try to be better than the next man or break any laws or any rules. Nothing like that. But what do I believe in? I believe in myself. That’s just the way I’ve always done it.”
Moss was once the NFL’s most dominant receiver, but those days are long past. He’s 35 now, clearly on the downside of a career that actually seemed over a year ago. After bouncing around to three teams in 2010, he didn’t play at all last season. But he wasn’t ready to walk away from the sport just yet — and San Francisco gave him a chance to come back for another shot at the ring.
RAMS: St. Louis decided not to hire Rob Ryan as defensive coordinator and stepped in a new direction by hiring Frank Bush as linebackers coach.
STEELERS: Pittsburgh hired Jack Bicknell Jr. as offensive line coach.
Bicknell, whose father coached at UMaine from 1976-80, replaces Sean Kugler, who left the Steelers following the 2012 season to become head coach at UTEP.
BEARS: Chicago hired former Purdue defensive coordinator Tim Tibesar as its linebackers coach.
BENGALS: Jim Anderson retired after spending the last 29 years as Cincinnati’s running backs coach, the longest tenure of any Bengals coach.
A FEDERAL JUDGE in Philadelphia will hear oral arguments in about two months on requests to throw out lawsuits by thousands of former NFL players regarding concussions suffered while playing for the league.