Daunte Culpepper thinks Randy Moss can make a big impact at Super Bowl XLVII
By Alex Williams. Last Updated: 03/02/13 9:31am
Daunte Culpepper would not be surprised if former team-mate Randy Moss steals the show when the San Francisco 49ers face the Baltimore Ravens at Super Bowl XLVII on Sunday.
Moss has caused a stir in the build-up to the contest by claiming that he is the best wide receiver ever to play the game.
The comments thrust the 35-year-old back into the spotlight following a season where he has generally played a low-key role within the 49ers' offence on his return from retirement.
Culpepper, who formed a famous quarterback-receiver combination with Moss during their time together at the Minnesota Vikings, believes Moss deserves his place among the greats of the NFL.
"I don't know if he's the best (ever), that's a big question," Culpepper told Sky Sports.
"But if anybody is having a conversation about the best receivers ever, you've got to bring Randy Moss up. If he's not the best he's definitely right next to the best."
Moss is now the second wideout on the San Francisco depth chart in the wake of Mario Manningham's injury and Culpepper thinks the veteran still has the ability to be a game-changer in the Super Bowl.
He added: "He loves the big stage, he loves to compete and in a game like this I'm sure that he's going to try and do what he does, and that's making big plays. I wouldn't be surprised at all if he has a big game."
Culpepper also heaped praise on 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who has been the driving force behind his side's run to the NFL's championship game since replacing Alex Smith mid-season.
Kaepernick, whose massive arm and rushing ability are reminiscent of Culpepper, has passed for 496 yards and gained 202 on the ground so far during the play-offs.
"Colin Kaepernick is what I love about the quarterback position."
"Colin Kaepernick is what I love about the quarterback position. I love a guy who can throw the ball accurately first, and is also able to beat you on the ground," Culpepper said.
"That's what he brings to the game and that's what makes him exciting and that's what makes him rare. I took pride in being able to throw the ball accurately and being able to run the ball when I played.
"That's what makes him so dangerous and so deadly for any defence.
"Baltimore has their hands full to make sure they keep him under wraps because he's a guy that can beat you real fast if you don't pay attention to him."
Culpepper worked out with the 49ers during head coach Jim Harbaugh's first off-season at the helm and says he recognised then that the franchise was in good hands.
"I met him when I was a player - when I was really young - and I met him again when I went out and worked out with him. He's a guy that knows the game and understands what it takes to win," he said of Harbaugh.
"He's very smart and on point. He's a great coach and I think it's great that there are two brothers going for the Super Bowl (Jim's brother John is head coach of the Ravens), you couldn't have written anything better."
Daunte Culpepper was speaking on behalf of Aon, official sponsor of the NFL UK, who are promoting the sport by hosting a series of football clinics in the UK.