‘The Freak’ is headed to the Hall of Fame.
It came as no surprise Saturday night when it was announced that Randy Moss was elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame, not after the prolific career the former Vikings wide receiver produced.
He ranks second all-time with 156 receiving touchdowns, third with 15,292 receiving yards and is 15th in league history with 982 receptions.
“Now that I’m a Hall of Famer, I can breathe easy and be thankful,” Moss said Saturday night at NFL Honors. “I started this game at 6 years old and never imagined I’d be here putting on a Hall of Fame jacket.”
Moss spent seven-plus seasons in Purple with the team that picked him in the first round in the 1998 NFL Draft.
He became the third, first-ballot, wide receiver in Hall of Fame history along with Jerry Rice and Steve Largent.
“I watched Steve Largent … I don’t think I can say enough good words about Jerry Rice and what he meant to the game,” Moss said. “To be the third, first-ballot, that’s special.
“For me to be a first-ballot Hall of Famer, I don’t think it’s really set in,” Moss added.
Moss will be enshrined in Canton, Ohio, in August along with linebacker Brian Urlacher, wide receiver Terrell Owens, safety Brian Dawkins and linebacker Ray Lewis. Jerry Kramer and Robert Brazile were elected by the Senior Committee, and Bobby Beathard was chosen for enshrinement by the Contributor Committee.
But perhaps none of them made an impact on the league such as Moss, who tore up the NFL during his rookie season and instilled fear into opposing coaches, all while doing things his way.
Randy Moss’ career had many stops along the way, but he will always be remembered for being a Viking. Here are a few snippets of Moss’ journey to Canton: