Arizona Cardinals rookie wide receiver Hakeem Butler, the team's fourth-round draft pick last month, said something that will not be too popular for fans. He doesn't think Larry Fitzgerald is the greatest receiver ever.
Because of his size and speed, Butler was asked in his introductory press conference whether he emulates former Detroit Lions All-Pro WR Calvin Johnson. He admires Johnson but spoke of another great.
"Randy Moss is definitely up there for me," Butler said. "I think he's the greatest receiver ever. The things he's done on the football field are just unmatched."
Of course, Fitzgerald is on his team and, while Butler considers him a legend, saying as much on the conference call with reporters after he was drafted, Butler might feel a little ashamed of that opinion.
One reporter asked whether Butler had told Fitzgerald his thoughts on Moss.
"We're going to figure that out when I see him," Butler said, laughing.
He shouldn't have to worry. Fitz would disagree, saying Jerry Rice is the greatest ever, but he is and was a huge fan of Moss.
Butler worked out with Johnson, is a big fan of Moss and now is teammates with Fitz. In the end, though, Butler isn't trying to be any one of those guys.
"I've always just tried to be Hakeem," he said.
If that means playing similarly to any or all three of these all-time greats, he will be just fine.