Randy Moss Biography:
Randy Moss was born February 13, 1977 in Rand, West Virginia to parents Maxine Moss and Randy Pratt. He attended DuPont High School in Belle, West Virginia, where he helped lead his school to the state AAA football title, the highest class in West Virginia. He also starred on the basketball team, and won state titles in the 100 meter and 200 meter dashes.
Moss finished his high school career with 109 catches for 2,435 yards and 44 touchdowns. He rushed the ball 75 times for 843 yards and nine touchdowns. Moss was also named State Athlete of the Year, and named to USA Today's All-USA high school football team.
After high school, Moss was offered a scholarship to play football at Notre Dame. But before his college career began, he took part in a racially-motivated fight at his high school. Moss pled guilty to battery and received probation and a 30-day suspended jail sentence. Because of the incident, Notre Dame revoked his scholarship.
After being released from Notre Dame, Moss transferred to Florida state, but his stay there was short lived as well. While serving a 30-day jail sentence related to the previous incident, Moss tested positive for marijuana, violating his probation. He was released from the Florida State football program and served 60 extra days in jail for the probation violation.
Landing at Marshall, a Division I-AA school at the time, Moss finally got a chance to show what he could do at the college level. He set NCAA Division I-AA records for the most games with a touchdown catch in a season (11), most consecutive games with a touchdown catch (11), most TD passes caught by a freshman (19), and most receiving yards gained by a freshman (1073).
Moss also helped lead Marshall to an undefeated season and a national title in the school's last season in Division I-AA.
Potentially a top pick in the draft, Moss was passed over by team after team, because of his off-field issues, before The Minnesota Vikings made him their first round pick (21st overall). As a rookie, he exploded on the NFL scene with a rookie record 17 touchdown receptions and the third highest receiving yard total (1,313) in the league. He also was named a Pro Bowl starter and NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year.
During his illustrious and colorful career, Randy Moss has been named to the Pro Bowl 5 times through the 2004 season (1998, 1999, 2000, 2002, and 2003). He is second on the Minnesota Vikings' all-time receiving touchdowns list with 90, behind just Cris Carter, who holds the record with 122. He also caught 90 passes over the first seven years of his career, which is second only to the immortal Jerry Rice.
After the 2004 season, Moss was traded to the Oakland Raiders for linebacker Napolean Harris and a first-round draft pick. Playing for a downtrodden franchise, Moss lacked motivation and it was reflected in his play. There was even talk that he had lost a step and his career was coming to an end.
Moss was revitalized, however, when the New England Patriots acquired him during the 2007 NFL Draft in exchange for a fourth-round selection. Paired with All Pro quarterback Tom Brady, Moss went on to have one of the best seasons for a receiver in NFL history, posting 1,493 yards and an NFL record 23 touchdown receptions.
Moss posted a couple more solid seasons in New England before wearing out his welcome and being shipped back to Minnesota in 2010. More a distraction off the field than a threat on it, he was quickly sent packing again, this time to the Tennessee Titans where he struggled to even get on the field, making just six catches for 80 yards and no touchdowns in eight games.
Despite his tremendous talents, Moss's accomplishments have often been overshadowed by his much-publicized misbehavior, both on and off the field, which included incidents in which he squirted a game official with a water bottle, was arrested for bumping a traffic control officer with his car, and pretended to "moon" Packers fans at Green Bay's Lambeau Field.
Born: Randy Gene Moss, February 13, 1977 in Rand, West Virginia
Drafted: 21st overall by the Minnesota Vikings in the 1998 NFL Draft
Years Played: 1998-Present
Position Played: Wide Receiver
Played For: Minnesota Vikings (1998-2004), Oakland Raiders (2005-2006), New England Patriots (2007-present)(
Uniform Number: Randy Moss wore number 84 with the Minnesota Vikings, then switched to number 18 when he joined the Oakland Raiders.
Alma Mater: Marshall
High School: DuPont High School (now defunct) in Belle, West Virginia