Randy Moss is a retired professional football player from the U.S. He played in the National Football League (NFL) for 14 years, holding the position of wide receiver for numerous teams.

He is known as one of the world’s greatest wide receivers, with various awards to his name. One such recognition is him taking second place on the NFL’s all-time regular-season touchdown list.

Moss is widely known for his ability to secure contested catches, and his fame is such that the word “mossed” is now part of the football language. After his retirement, he started working as a studio analyst in two ESPN programs.

Position Wide Receiver
Height / weight 1.96 m / 95 kg
Born Feb 13, 1977
Nationality United States United States
Nickname The Mossiah
Team History
San Francisco 49ers 49ers 2012
New England Patriots New England Patriots 2007 - 2010
Minnesota Vikings Minnesota Vikings 2010
Tennessee Titans Tennessee Titans 2010
Las Vegas Raiders Las Vegas 2005 - 2006
Minnesota Vikings Minnesota Vikings 1998 - 2004

High School Years

Moss spent his high school years at DuPont High School, which later consolidated with another high school into Riverside High School. He was an excellent athlete in high school, playing football, baseball, basketball, and track.

He was a remarkable player at the football field, instrumental in DuPont Panthers winning two state championships in 1992 and 1993. Moss was a star-wide receiver but was also a kicker and punter.

In 1994, he was the West Virginia Football Player of the Year and was given the Kennedy Award for this recognition. In 1995, he was named to the Parade magazine’s yearly All-American high school football team.

Moss was also one of the 50 greatest high school football players of all time in 2009. He was a teammate to Bobbie Howard of the Chicago Bears when he was still in DuPont.

College Career

Moss’s college career didn’t start well as he had to transfer twice to Notre Dame and then Florida State and again to Marshall University. It was at Marshall when his career began to get back on track.

He set records at NCAA Division I-AA, like having the most games in a season that has a touchdown catch and being the top kickoff returner (average of 34.0-yard and a total of 612 yards). During the NCAA Division I-AAS Football Championship in 1996, Marshall Thundering Herd took the victory.

That was Moss’s last season at Division I-AA, moving to Division I-A in the 1997 season. Together with Chad Pennington, Moss led his team and won the Mid-American Conference title, and this named him to first-team All-American.

Moss finished his 28-game career at Marshall with at least one touchdown. In his last season, he was an outstanding receiver and was presented the Fred Biletnikoff Award. Moss also finished fourth for the 1997 Heisman Trophy.

Professional Debut

Moss debuted professionally in the 1998 NFL Draft with a projection of a high first-round pick. However, several clubs passed him due to concerns about his legal problems until the Minnesota Vikings eventually took him. Moss signed a $4.5M, 4-year contract with the Vikings.

One of the teams that passed Moss was the Dallas Cowboys due to their off-field incidents, even though they promised to draft him. It resulted in a personal vendetta with Moss vowing to beat the Cowboys whenever they faced. His first opportunity to beat the Cowboys was when he defeated them with a 163-yard and 3-touchdown performance on his rookie season’s thirteenth week.

Moss played for several teams during his entire NFL career, beginning with Minnesota Vikings, where he stayed from 1998 to 2004. By the end of the 2004 season, the Vikings traded him to the Oakland Raiders. He played for the Raiders from 2005 to 2006, eventually deciding to move to New England Patriots over being unhappy with losing games.

Moss was known to have a bad attitude while with the Vikings and the Raiders. But with the Pats, he became a team player who put forth effort in his games. Moss stayed with the Patriots from 2007 to 2010 and eventually returned to Minnesota in a trade in the 2011 NFL Draft.

Moss did not last long with the Vikings and was soon relieved for criticizing Childress and teammates over their loss to the Pats. The Tennessee Titans claimed Moss, finishing the 2010 season with them. In the 2011 season, Moss became a free agent after the Titans did not re-sign him.

He soon announced his decision to retire on August 1, 2011, but quickly came out the following year. Moss signed next with the San Francisco 49ers. Moss played in Super Bowl XLVII but lost to Baltimore Ravens in a 31-34 score. However, he did perform remarkably with two receptions for 42 yards.

Career Achievements & Awards

  • Minnesota Vikings Ring of Honor
  • NFL 2000s All-Decade Team
  • NFL 100th Anniversary All-Time Team
  • 50 Greatest Vikings
  • New England Patriots All-2000s Team
  • 1996 - NCAA I-AA National Champion
  • 1997 - MAC Offensive Player of theYear
  • 1997 - Fred Biletnikoff Award
  • 1997 - Consensus All-American
  • 1998 - NFL Offensive Rookie of theYear
  • 1999 - Pro Bowl MVP
  • 1998-2000, 2002, 2003, 2007 - ProBowl, 6x
  • 1998, 2000, 2003, 2007 - First-TeamAll Pro, 4x
  • 1998, 2000, 2003, 2007, 2009 - NFLReceiving Touchdowns Leader, 5x
  • 2007 - PFWA NFL Comeback Player ofthe Year

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