National Football League
           === Moss, Smith among highlights of Niners' Media Day ===
 New  Orleans, LA  (Sports Network) - The  San Francisco 49ers were up first at
 Media Day on Tuesday and Randy Moss declared himself the best wide receiver of
 all-time  while deposed starting quarterback Alex Smith called his trip to the
 Super Bowl "bittersweet."
 Moss  returned  to the NFL  this season  after a year  away and wasn't a major
 factor  in  the Niners' offense.  He caught just 28  passes for 434 yards with
 three  touchdowns  in 16 games, but  doesn't believe those statistics tell the
 true value of his brilliant, but sometimes controversial, career.
 "I  think now  that I'm older I do  think I'm the greatest receiver to ever do
 it,"  Moss  said from his  podium inside the Superdome.  "This year has been a
 down  year for  me, statistically. The year  before I retired was a down year,
 and then in Oakland was a down year."
 Moss  spent  seven stellar  seasons with  the Minnesota  Vikings, then had two
 troubled  years in  Oakland before hooking on  with New England. He set an NFL
 record  with 23  touchdown receptions during the incredible 2007 campaign with
 the  Patriots, who went undefeated before losing to the New York Giants in the
 Super  Bowl. His tenure in New England ended badly in 2010, a year in which he
 made a brief return to Minnesota and before finishing in Tennessee.
 "I  don't really live on numbers. I really live on impact and what you're able
 to do out on that field," Moss added. "I really do think that I'm the greatest
 receiver to ever play this game."
 Moss  doesn't have  the greatest  numbers of  all-time, trailing  Niners great
 Jerry  Rice in most categories. He has 982 receptions for 15,292 yards and his
 156 touchdowns are the second-most in NFL history.
 Smith,  meanwhile,  lost  his  job  to  Colin  Kaepernick  after  suffering  a
 concussion  in  Week 10 against  St. Louis.  He sat out  a week because of the
 injury, but never got on the field again as Kaepernick began to shine.
 "It's  tough for sure," said Smith, who had a big crowd around him despite not
 having  a podium.  "It's tough to accept,  tough watch, but we're in the Super
 Bowl. This has been an amazing experience, it's a great team ... but it's been
 bittersweet a little bit, but a great thing to be a part of."
 Kaepernick had nothing but praise for Smith.
 "He's  done everything he  can to help me and help this team," said Kaepernick
 at his podium. "To have a veteran quarterback like that on your side is always
 01/29 14:36:04 ET