Well Earned and Deserved
It only feels like yesterday when Randy was traded from the Oakland Raiders for a fourth rounder to New England. Back then, Randy was considered finished and his career would be likely over. Once you are past 30, you are finished in a sport as short as football. That’s usually how it goes.
But coming to New England, Randy gained his second wind and produced the greatest season by a WR in NFL history since Don Hutson’s 1942 and Jerry Rice’s 1995 seasons. He caught 23 TDs, for 1,493 Yards, on 98 receptions in 2007. That is truly remarkable, especially as the Patriots effectively broke many records during that season. However, what all Pats fans remember is the pain of 18-1, one game short of a perfect season.
Remembering The Good Times
His time with the Patriots will never be understated. Randy was a true talent at WR but was also a very huge inspiration towards many young receivers today. The term, ‘Moss’d’ became a thing when a WR smoked a defensive back. Defenses created Cover 0 as a way to contain Randy through nothing but pure man coverage. This was done because he was that dominate against any secondary.
But what truly made Randy’s Hall of Fame induction memorable was how he spoke with Head Coach, Bill Belchick and Robert Kraft. For Kraft, thanked him for “ignoring the noise” and welcoming him to the team.
“And Mr. [Robert] Kraft…the late Myra Kraft, gave me a handshake and told me she was glad to have me here. And I wanted to thank you personally, for finding out on your own, if I was real or not. Thank you Kraft Family.- Randy Moss
For Bill, Randy thanked his former Head Coach for challenging him to be great but also had regret when he left the team.
You challenged me to be great, Coach [Belichick]! And I’m sorry we did not bring it [Super Bowl 42] home. All those individual awards don’t really mean anything to me. - Randy Moss
Randy showed strong appreciation for what the Pats gave him when he was near the twilight of his career. And his former teammate, Tom Brady, sent out an post on Instagram congratulating him for his Hall of Fame Induction.
However, Randy was inducted into Canton, Ohio this past weekend as a Minnesota Viking (which he should as they are the team that drafted him). Randy’s peak was possibly the greatest we have ever seen at the WR position. Moss was well known for his attitude and antics but it’s clear Randy has realized this and changed for the better. Randy was a special headcase but there is no question he was one of the most exciting players in the history of the NFL. Congratulations once again, Randy Moss, on a well-earned Hall of Fame career!