Randy Moss crowns career with Pro Football Hall of Fame honor

Mark Craig, Star Tribune (Minneapolis) on

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"I'm stuck for words when I look at my life," he told the Star Tribune earlier this season. "A poor country boy from little Rand, W.Va. Growing up some nights, no electricity, wondering, 'What am I going to eat?' ... I've been blessed."

The 21st overall pick of the Vikings in 1998, played his first seven seasons in Minnesota. Owner Red McCombs traded him to Oakland before the 2005 season. Moss spent two years there before being traded to New England, where he set the single-season record for touchdown catches (23) during the only 16-0 season in league history.

Moss was traded back to Minnesota early in the 2010 season. He lasted only a month before coach Brad Childress released him. He spent the rest of that season in Tennessee, didn't play in 2011 and finished his career in San Francisco in 2012.

Moss ranks No. 2 in touchdown catches behind only Rice (197). He's fourth in overall touchdowns.

In 1998, the Vikings went 15-1 and scored a record 556 points. In 2007, the Patriots went 16-0 and broke that record with 589 points.

Moss is the only person who played on both teams. And he led the league in receiving touchdowns both years, setting the rookie record (17) the first year and the NFL record the second year.

Since he retired, there's been much debate about whether Moss' inconsistent effort on the field would cause him to wait for enshrinement. Discussion intensified as Moss neared his first year of eligibility as Owens' locker room baggage factored into T.O. being rejected by the selection committee the past two years.

But now it's over. The former Viking who once famously hollered, "Super Bowl, homeboy!" to express his goal for the Vikings will reside forever in Canton, Ohio.

First-ballot, homeboy!

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