The Vikings will honor legendary wide receiver Randy Moss in advance of Monday night’s season opener with the New Orleans Saints by inducting him into their Ring of Honor.
Moss spent seven full seasons and a part of one other in purple and gold. Minnesota made Moss their first round pick out of Marshall in 1998 and he immediately put his stamp on the league’s changing style of offense. Moss finished with over 1300 yards and 17 touchdowns as a rookie, winning rookie of the year and helping the Vikes become the NFL’s most feared passing attack. He would add five more 1000-yard seasons in Minnesota and four more in Oakland and New England before calling it quits in 2012.
Considered by many to be the second-greatest receiver of all time behind only Jerry Rice, Moss is a near lock to enter the NFL Hall of Fame when he become eligible next year. He ranks second behind Rice in career touchdowns and third behind Rice and Terrell Owens in receiving yards. He is also widely viewed as the most lethal downfield threat in league history; a whopping 40 percent of his touchdowns went for at least 30 yards. At 6-feet, 4-inches and with a 40 yard dash time of 4.25, not even Rice posed the match-up problems for defenses that Moss did.
Aside from just his play, Moss gained a huge fan following for his brash and charismatic attitude on and off the field. He consistently invented innovative ways to intimidate opponents and celebrate touchdowns. One notorious instance was when he pretended to moon Packer fans after scoring in Green Bay, a celebration Fox announcer Joe Buck famously and exaggeratedly called “a disgusting act.” Since retiring, Moss has channeled that charisma into an analyst position on ESPN’s Sunday NFL Countdown.
Current Vikings receivers Stefon Diggs and Adam Thielen will pay homage to the Vikings great Monday night with specially designed cleats:
— Minnesota Vikings (@Vikings) September 11, 2017
Accompanying Moss into the Ring of Honor will be fellow receiving legend Ahmad Rashad. Rashad played in four straight Pro Bowls for the Vikings from 1978 to 1981 and ranks in the top-seven in team history in receptions, touchdowns and receiving yards.
Moss and Rashad will be the first inductees into the Ring of Honor since 2013. They join Cris Carter as the only receivers in the Vikings Ring of Honor.