Randy Moss: Through the Years
On October 6th 2010, football fans everywhere were in shock. Randy Moss was traded from the New England Patriots to the Minnesota Vikings. The Vikings were the first team to acquire Randy Moss out of the 1998 NFL Draft. He was projected to be one of the top picks for that year, but was drafted at the 21st spot by the Minnesota Vikings.
The only reason he was available to them at that low of a pick is because Moss had been in some legal trouble. That’s why most teams passed on him anyways. Before the draft, Moss was quoted as saying, “teams that pass on me will regret it once they see what kind of a player I am and what kind of guy I really am.” Moss was a very big Dallas Cowboys fan as a child, and was looking forward to being drafted by them. Jerry Jones (General Manager of the Cowboys) told Moss that the team would consider drafting him. When their turn was up, they passed on Moss, leaving him wondering, why? Jerry Jones saw that Moss had been in some legal trouble and for that reason, he decided it would be best to not select him.
Moss then started his career as a Viking, helping them become the number 1 ranked offensive team in the NFL, scoring a total of 556 points. Randy Moss stayed in Minnesota for 7 years before being traded to the Oakland Raiders.
After 2 years with the Raiders, Moss decided it was time to go. He requested a trade and ended up being traded to the New England Patriots, who had just come off a super bowl win. His first season with the Patriots was very successful. The patriots ended with a 16-0 record that season. However they came up short of the win in the super bowl against the Giants. Moss that season had 1,493 receiving yards with 23 Touchdowns. He continued to play for the Patriots for 3 more years before he departed and left for where he started his career, Minnesota.
His first game back, he went up against the New York Jets and was held to 4 receptions for 81 yards and 1 touchdown. This 1 touchdown though just so happened to be Brett Favre’s 500th career touchdown pass. So what can we expect from Randy Moss? There is no way of telling really. He’s a great wide receiver and will for sure be in the hall of fame. All there is to do now is watch and find out what he does for the Minnesota Vikings. Number 84 is back!