Randy Moss an American Football Player

One of the best wide receivers in National Football League (NFL) history is Randy Moss, his full name is Randy Gene Moss, a professional gridiron football player from the United States who was born on February 13, 1977 in Rand, West Virginia.

Awards and Honors:

Associated Press NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year 1998, 4 All-Pro Selections, 6 Pro Bowl Selections, PFWA Comeback Player 2007, Pro Football Hall of Fame (inducted 2018) and Pro Football Hall of Fame (2008).

Career:

Moss was brilliant high school football and basketball player, but the University of Notre Dame withdrew its scholarship offer after learning about his arrest for violence during his senior year. He broke his parole by failing a drug test after enrolling at Florida State University, which resulted in his being dismissed from the team. He accepted a scholarship at Division I-AA Marshall University (formerly known as the Football Championship Subdivision) because he was out of choices to play for an upper-division college football team. There, Moss helped Marshall win the national title in his rookie year and set several I-AA receiving marks. When Marshall advanced to Division I-A (now the Football Bowl Subdivision) during his sophomore year, Moss established an I-A record by receiving 25 touchdown passes. Moss was regarded as one of the most gifted players available in the 1998 NFL draft, but due to questions about his character, the Minnesota Vikings did not choose him until the 21st choice of the first round.

In his debut season with the Vikings, Moss was a phenomenon. At the highest level of football, opponents were still perplexed Moss’ combination of remarkable speed, a rangy 6-foot 4-inch (1.93 meter) physique, and exceptional jumping ability, which had made him a difficult opponent in high school and college and given him the moniker “The Freak” at Marshall. He received first-team All-Pro honors and was crowned NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year after setting an NFL rookie record with 17 receiving touchdowns. Minnesota had a 15-1 record and the most points ever scored in an NFL season before falling short in the NFC championship game. In each of the two seasons that followed, Moss caught at least 11 touchdowns passes and accumulated at least 1,400 receiving yards. In the 2003 season, he established a career high with 111 catches for 1,632 yards.

Moss was traded by the Vikings to the Oakland Raiders in 2005. He was moved to the New England Patriots in 2007 after only 11 touchdowns were scored in his two season with the Oakland Raiders, which was underwhelming by his standards.

In New England, Moss immediately changed the course of his career. He and quarterback Tom Brady formed the nucleus of a potent attck in 2007 that shattered the Viking’s record for most points scored in a season while compiling the first 16-0 regular season record in NFL history. In addition, Moss caught 23 touchdown passes, shattering Jerry Rice’s 20-year NFL record. The Patriot’s epic run, nevertheless, came to an abrupt end in the Super Bowl after an unexpected defeat to the New York Giants. In 2009, Moss hauled in his 141st career touchdown catch, moving Rice up to second place all-time in the NFL.

Moss, who was in the penultimate year of his contract and had openly said that he thought he was playing his final year in New England, was dealt to the Vikings four games into the 2010 campaign. His second stay in Minnesota lasted only four games, during which time his performance on the field was average and his effort was criticized in the media. After being released by the Vikings, he was picked up by the Tennessee Titans. Moss announced his retirement just before the 2011 NFL season began, but he made a comeback in 2012 after signing with the San Francisco 49ers. He earned his second Super Bowl participation in 2013, as the Boltimore Ravens defeated the San Francisco 49ers. Moss emphasized his intention to continue playing after the Super Bowl. But none of the NFL teams were interested, so he eventually started working as a commentator for football shows on television. In 2018 Moss was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

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