On the field, Randy Moss did some things that would make you just say “WOW”. Some of his off field actions would have you saying the same thing. After 13 seasons, the player with the golden hands has decided on August 1, 2011, to call it a career.
Arguably the most talented football player of his time, Moss’ decision to hang up the cleats marks a career that had a plethora of amazing plays, broken records, off the field antics and some memorable quotes.
Drafted in 1998 by the Minnesota Vikings, Randy Moss finished his career with 954 receptions, 14,858 receiving yards, and 153 receiving touchdowns. His pro career highlights include seven Pro Bowls, five All-Pro selections, AP and Pro Football Writers Association offensive rookie of the year, NFL Alumni Wide Receiver of the year, NFL 2000s All-DecadeTeam, New England Patriots All-2000s team, and 2000 Pro Bowl MVP.
Moss also accumulated quite a few records in his NFL tenure. These includes:
- 23 receiving touchdowns during the 2007 season (NFL record).
- Most receiving touchdowns in a rookie season, 17 (NFL record).
- The fastest to reach 5000 career receiving yards.
- Youngest to get 100 and 120 touchdown receptions.
- Youngest to catch three touchdowns in a game.
- Nine seasons with 10 or more receiving touchdowns.
- Eight seasons with 11 or more receiving touchdowns.
- Three seasons with 16 and 17 receiving touchdowns.
- He is also the only player to accumulate at least 1600 yards receiving and collect at least 16 touchdowns in one season as well as the only player to record at least one receiving touchdown per game in a season four times.
In 2002, he was charged for suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon (hitting a traffic control officer with his car) and marijuana possession in that same vehicle. When his Minnesota Vikings played the Washington Redskins in 2004, Moss sparked criticism after he left the field with two seconds remaining as his team was preparing for an onside kick. During the 2005 NFC Wildcard game in Green Bay, he sparked controversy again. After his second touchdown catch, Moss ran to the back of the end zone and bent over and gave a rowdy Packer crowd a fully clothed version of a mooning. He was later fined by the NFL for his actions.
With all of his short comings, Moss was one of the greatest football players in NFL history. Stats don’t lie and with all the baggage that came with him, his production on the field was what made him a hot commodity. The only thing missing from his arsenal is the hardware. He had a chance in Super Bowl XLII but sometimes luck prevails as the NY Giants stole those dreams from him and the New England Patriots.
Moss still wants that ring. At 34, he still has a lot in the tank but in 2011 the Super Bowl contending teams just see him as more of a liability than an asset. Personally, I think he’ll be back. Hopefully we’ll find out sooner than later.
By Keith Madyun