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Randy Moss
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Moss with the Vikings in 2010
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Position: Wide receiver
Personal information
Born: February 13, 1977 (1977-02-13) (age 43)
Rand, West Virginia
Height: 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)
Weight: 210 lb (95 kg)
Career information
High school: DuPont (Belle, West Virginia)
College: Marshall
NFL Draft: 1998 / Round: 1 / Pick: 21
Career history
Career highlights and awards
  • Pro Bowl (1998–2000, 2002, 2003, 2007)
  • 4× First-team All-Pro (1998, 2000, 2003, 2007)
  • NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year (1998)
  • Pro Bowl MVP (1999)
  • 5× NFL receiving touchdowns leader (1998, 2000, 2003, 2007, 2009)
  • PFWA NFL Comeback Player of the Year (2007)
  • Minnesota Vikings Ring of Honor
  • NFL 2000s All-Decade Team
  • NCAA I-AA national champion (1996)
  • Heisman Trophy finalist (1997)
  • Fred Biletnikoff Award (1997)
  • Consensus All-American (1997)
  • MAC Most Valuable Player (1997)
  • MAC Offensive Player of the Year (1997)
NFL records
  • 23 receiving touchdowns in a season
  • 17 receiving touchdowns in a rookie season
Career NFL statistics
Receptions: 982
Receiving yards: 15,292
Yards per reception: 15.6
Receiving touchdowns: 156
Player stats at NFL.com
Player stats at PFR

Randy Gene Moss (born February 13, 1977) is a television sports analyst and former American football wide receiver who played 14 seasons in the National Football League (NFL). He holds the NFL single-season touchdown reception record (23 in 2007), the NFL single-season touchdown reception record for a rookie (17 in 1998), and is second on the NFL all-time regular season touchdown reception list with 156. He currently works for ESPN as a studio analyst for their Sunday NFL Countdown and Monday Night Countdown programs.

Moss played college football for Marshall University, and twice earned All-America honors. He was drafted by the Minnesota Vikings in the first round of the 1998 NFL Draft, where he played for seven years before a trade in 2005 brought him to the Oakland Raiders. On April 29, 2007, Moss was traded to the New England Patriots for a fourth-round draft pick, where he set the single-season record for touchdown receptions. On October 6, 2010, Moss returned to the Vikings in a trade from the Patriots, but his second stint in Minnesota was short-lived, and was waived by the team less than a month later, being claimed by the Tennessee Titans. After sitting out the 2011 season, Moss signed a one-year contract with the San Francisco 49ers for the 2012 season then opted to retire prior to the 2013 season. He played in two Super Bowl games, XLII with the Patriots and XLVII with the 49ers, both losses.

On February 3, 2018, he was selected to join the Pro Football Hall of Fame in his first year of eligibility.

NFL records

Randy Moss - San Francisco vs Green Bay 2012 (4)
Randy Moss with the 49ers.
  • Most touchdown receptions in a season – 23 (2007)
  • Most touchdown receptions by a rookie in a season – 17 (1998)
  • Most seasons with 17 or more touchdown receptions – 3 (1998, 2003, 2007)
  • Most seasons with 16 or more touchdown receptions – 3 (1998, 2003, 2007)
  • Most seasons with 11 or more touchdown receptions – 8 – tied with Jerry Rice
  • Most seasons with 10 or more touchdown receptions – 9 – tied with Jerry Rice
  • Most games in a season with at least 2 touchdown receptions – 8 (2007)
  • One of two players to have 1,600+ receiving yards and 16+ receiving touchdowns in a season (2003), the other being Calvin Johnson (2011)
  • Most yards receiving in a Pro Bowl game – 212 (2000)
  • Most touchdowns scored in first 10 games with a new team – 16 (2007)
  • Most 1,200+ yard receiving seasons to start a career – 6 (1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003)
  • Moss has averaged at least one receiving touchdown per game played in four different seasons: 1998 (17 TDs in 16 games), 2003 (17 in 16), 2004 (13 in 13), and 2007 (23 in 16)
  • At the end of the 2008 season, Moss averaged 12.3 receiving TDs per season
  • 4× 100+ yard games in his first four games with a new team in 2007
  • Youngest player in NFL history to record his 100th receiving touchdown (29 years and 235 days)
  • Youngest player in NFL history to record his 120th receiving touchdown (30 years, 313 days)
  • Most receiving yards before 30th birthday – 10,700
  • Most TD receptions before 30th birthday – 101
  • Youngest player to reach 6,000 career receiving yards (25 years and 270 days)
  • Fastest player to reach 5,000 career receiving yards – 59 games (broke record of 61 games by Jerry Rice)
  • Highest career yards per catch average for any player with 900+ receptions – 15.6 yards per reception
  • Youngest player to have 3 touchdown receptions in a game (21 years, 286 days; later broken by Rob Gronkowski)
  • Most offensive touchdowns in first two seasons: 28 (Tied with Rob Gronkowski)

Career highlights

Randy Moss with Vikings
Randy Moss with the Vikings in 2010.
  • 5× All-Pro selection
  • 2007 AFC Champion
  • 2012 NFC Champion
  • Is second on the Minnesota Vikings all-time receiving touchdown list with 92. Cris Carter holds the record with 110 receiving scores
  • Caught his 100th touchdown pass in 2006 against San Francisco, the seventh player to do so
  • Holds the record for most touchdowns in Minnesota Vikings playoff history with 9
  • 10× 1,000+ yard receiving seasons – 2nd all-time
  • 64 career 100 yard games – 2nd all-time; most recent November 15, 2009
  • 156 touchdown receptions – 2nd all-time
  • 73.6 receiving yards per game – 7th all-time
  • 15,292 receiving yards – 6th all-time
  • 954 career receptions – 10th all-time
  • Has completed 4 of 8 passes for 106 yards and 2 touchdowns, with 1 interception, giving him a 95.8 passer rating
  • Only player to catch 90+ touchdown passes, return a punt for a touchdown, and throw 2 touchdown passes
  • Has played on two of the five highest scoring teams (for a single season) in NFL history: 2007 Patriots (589 points) and the 1998 Vikings (556 points)
  • Had a career-high 12 receptions for 204 yards against the Chicago Bears, at Soldier Field, on November 14, 1999 in a 27–24 overtime win
  • Holds the Vikings record for most 100 yard receiving games with 41
  • Has two touchdowns or more in 39 different games (including 3 in the postseason); most recent September 26, 2010
  • Has two touchdown receptions or more in 37 different games – (2nd all-time)
  • Has three touchdown receptions or more in 9 different games – (2nd all-time): at Dallas (November 26, 1998), a 46–36 victory; vs. Chicago (December 6, 1998), a 48–22 victory; at Detroit (October 1, 2000), a 31–24 victory; vs. New York Giants (November 19, 2001) a 28–16 victory; vs. San Francisco (September 28, 2003), a 35–7 victory; at Buffalo (November 18, 2007), a 56–10 victory; at Miami (November 23, 2008), a 48–28 victory; vs. Tennessee (October 18, 2009), a 59–0 victory; vs. Jacksonville (December 27, 2009), a 35–7 victory
  • Caught a career-high four touchdowns at Buffalo (all in the first half) – November 18, 2007
  • Had an interception while playing defense in the last few seconds of the first half of the Patriots' game against the Denver Broncos on October 11, 2009
  • Has 4 career two-point conversions
  • Youngest player in NFL history to record his 120th receiving touchdown (30 years, 313 days)

Personal life

Moss's parents are Maxine Moss and Randy Pratt. He has a sister named Lutisia and a brother Eric, who had a short stint in the NFL as an offensive tackle with the Minnesota Vikings.

Moss has four children with his former girlfriend, Libby Offutt: Sydney, Senali, Thaddeus, and Montigo.

Thaddeus played football as a tight end/defensive end for Boone County High School, St. Albans High School (W.Va), and Lincoln (R.I.) High before transferring to Victory Christian Center High School in Charlotte, North Carolina, where Randy was hired as an associate head coach (defensive coordinator) in June 2014. In 2016, Thaddeus played tight end for the NC State Wolfpack. On April 24, 2017 Thaddeus announced that he would be transferring to Louisiana State University.

Sydney is a basketball player at NCAA Division III Thomas More College and set the record for points in the 2014 Division III NCAA Tournament.

Upon his release from the 49ers, Moss was hired as an analyst for Fox Sports 1's Fox Football Daily show.

In July 2016, Moss joined ESPN as an analyst, appearing on Sunday NFL Countdown and Monday Night Countdown.


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