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By Sam Farmer, Los Angeles Times Published: January 30, 2013

Going deep

San Francisco's Randy Moss has assembled an impressive career — most impressive, it seems, to him. He told reporters Tuesday that he considers himself the best to play the position, a peculiar boast by a guy who plays for a franchise that once employed one Jerry Rice.

“I don't really live on numbers, I live on impact, what you are able to do out on the field,” Moss said. “I really do think that I'm the greatest receiver to ever play this game. Now that I am older I do think I am the greatest receiver to ever do it. I don't think numbers stand because this year has been a down year for me statistically.”

Rice, in turn, told ESPN's Adam Schefter: “Put my numbers up against his numbers.”

Doing that tilts the scale heavily in favor of Rice, who had 567 more catches than Moss, for 7,603 more yards and 41 more touchdowns.

Major investment

The NFL Players Association plans to fund a 10-year, $100-million research project by Harvard Medical School focused on player health and wellness. The money was negotiated into the labor agreement with the league in 2011, and comes out of the players' portion of revenue.

Harvard was chosen by the NFLPA's medical research consultant and players after a selection process that lasted months and included more than 20 of the nation's top medical research institutions. The decision is pending league approval.

The project will study not only brain injuries in football, but also heart disease, bone and joint injuries, and the chronic pain and depression that can plague players during and after their careers.

“The most remarkable aspect of this commitment to medical research is that the players had the vision to consider this at a time when they were locked out,” NFLPA spokesman George Atallah said. “They made a long-term investment in their health and well-being.”

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