WR, 193cm, 97kg
Marshall - 1st round, 21st pick, 21st pick 1998 Draft
1998 - 2004, Minnesota Vikings, 2005 - 2006 Oakland Raiders, 2007 - 2010 New England Patriots, 2010 - 2011 Minnesota Vikings, New England Patriots, Tennessee Titans, 2012 San Francisco 49ers
6 x Pro Bowls, 4 x First Team All - Pro, 1 x NFL Offensive Rookie of the year, 2018 Hall of Fame inductee
Carreer Statistics: 982 receptions, 15.292 total receiving yards, 15,6 yard per reception average, 156 total receiving TDs
Randy Moss will be going to Canton, Ohio in early August as he was elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame Class of 2018. He is the first wide receiver to become a first-ballot selection since Jerry Rice in 2010, even though the voters don't like to choose receivers in their first year of eligibility, in this case they couldn't do otherwise and the gold jacket will be given to him soon.
Moss played for five teams in his fourteen years in the NFL. Best known for his seven years with the Minnesota Vikings (1998–2004) and his three-plus years with the New England Patriots (2007–2010). He also was a member of the Oakland Raiders (2005–2006), the Tennessee Titans (2010) and the San Francisco 49ers (2012), while he briefly returned to the Minnesota Vikings (2010).
Before starting his college career at Marshall University, Moss wanted to play for Notre Dame, but he never got the chance to play for his ''dream'' university because he was charged with felony as a result of his involvement in a fight. Plus, he tested positive for marijuana and violated another term, which did cost him another opportunity, this time playing for Florida State. After that he transferred to Marshall, a university close to his home in West Virginia, there he played for two years, making history and breaking records. His off-field issues didn’t help his stock which resulted in him slipping in the draft.
Moss was selected with the 21st overall pick in the 1998 NFL Draft by the Minnesota Vikings. Even from his first practice with the team he impressed a lot of people. His athleticism and speed were unique. He was a ''Freak'' as his teammates proclaimed him to be and they were right. In addition to his talent, a big and fast receiver like him would be a deadly combination for any opponent.
In his rookie year and his first Thanksgiving game against the Dallas Cowboys he caught the ball only three times, but the receptions were for 51, 56 and another 56 yards, all three ended up in touchdowns. The kid was special, no doubt about it, simple as that.
The ''Freak'' evolved soon and became a ''Super Freak’’! He was easily the most feared receiver in the league, the worst nightmare for any defense and the defensive backs were terrified by him. His ability to start the play slow and then develop a lightning speed in a few seconds didn't allow defenders any chance to follow him. How are you supposed to cover that guy? Do you even want to cover him? Moss could adjust to the play like no other, with or without the ball in his hands.
Teams that played against him and especially conference and division rivals were game-planning to contain Moss, at some point they started drafting tall cornerbacks so they can matchup more favourably and defend Moss more effectively. He literally changed the game.
His years in Minnesota were incredible, a surreal rookie season with 17 touchdowns followed by great seasons throughout his Vikings career. But we had not seen the best of him yet. When Moss got traded to the New England Patriots and teamed up with Tom Brady, he topped himself right from the get go. In Boston Moss had the best season of his career with 23 receiving touchdowns (NFL record) and almost 1,500 yards. While his physical tools were a well known phenom, in the time he played for Bill Belichick another aspect of him came forth as he was constantly praised for his football mind and vision on the field. The fact the he was able to adjust his routes on the fly worked like a charm while playing on an option route based offense like the one the Pats ran. That year the Patriots became the first team to go 16-0 and the ''Brady to Moss'' connection is probably the best we have ever seen.
Moss was the ultimate offensive weapon, no other player who played the game of football was better at creating and scoring long touchdowns like him. A few of his many achievements include NFL records like, most touchdown receptions in a season with 23 (2007), most touchdown receptions by a rookie in a season with 17 (1998) and most seasons with 17 or more touchdown receptions, three times (1998, 2003, 2007). As a result he has been an All-Pro 5 times.
An unbelievable career indeed for Moss with so many accomplishments, but with only one thing missing. He never got a ring, even though he was really close three times, it didn’t happen for him. In his rookie season the Vikings didn't manage to reach the Super Bowl XXXIII, losing to the Falcons in the NFC title game. In 2007, the perfect season for the Patriots ended up in bitter defeat in Super Bowl XLII by the Giants, one of the biggest upsets in NFL history. The last chance he got was in the 2012 season while playing for the San Francisco 49ers, but once again his team lost in the Super Bowl (XLVII) against the Ravens, at that time Moss was way past his prime and that was his last game.
Moss is a Hall of Famer and what he did in his career makes him one of the greatest wide receivers of all time. He is considered one of the most exciting and fun players to watch because of his mind blowing plays and his phenomenal catches.
People these days still use the phrase ''You got Mossed'' which means jumping over someone and making a spectacular catch, like Moss did on a weekly basis. Also, they use it as well when someone does something cool or great over somebody else non related to football. People don't say ''You got Owensed'' because of Terrell Owens, or ''You got Riced'' because of Jerry Rice, they say ''You got Mossed!’’. He was different from the other receivers, even the legendary ones. That shows how exceptional Randy Moss was and what he means to the game of football.