Minnesota Vikings add Randy Moss, Ahmad Rashad to Ring of Honor
- Author: Julie Sanders Jun 15, 2017,
Jun 15, 2017, 21:50
"Moss and Rashad will be the Vikings first Ring of Honor inductees since 2013, as the team did not induct a former player during the two seasons at the University of Minnesota and the inaugural season at U.S. Bank Stadium", reads the Vikings' official statement regarding the matter.
Get your 84 jerseys out.
On the heels of the news Wednesday that Randy Moss will be among the newest inductees for the Minnesota Vikings' Ring of Honor later this year, we ask: Where does he stand all-time among the Vikes' deep stable of legends?
The franchise announced Wednesday that it would be adding Moss and fellow wide receiver Ahmad Rashad into its 2017 induction class.
Moss is one of the most popular players in Vikings history.
Moss burst onto the scene in 1998 with a record-setting Rookie of the Year performance and went on to rank among the NFL's greatest WRs in his 14-year career.
Moss started 108 of 113 games with the Vikings and appeared in eight playoff contests over seven-plus seasons in Purple.
The receiver ended up spending seven seasons with Minnesota from 1976 to 1982 and he was a member of the last Vikings team to make it all the way to the Super Bowl back in 1976. He qualified for the Pro Bowl four times in Minnesota. "So I was actually speechless". Moss also ranks second in league history with 10 seasons of 1,000-plus yards and 64 career 100-yard games.
Eligible for the Pro Football Hall of Fame for the first time next year, Moss is second in NFL history with 156 touchdown receptions and third with 15,292 receiving yards. "I don't know", he said again.
Moss holds the Vikings career record with 41 career 100-yard games. But, I think it's just more of growing up.
"So now I can just reflect back on the touchdowns, the games against the Green Bay Packers, the games against the Chicago Bears", Moss continued.
"I love the game so much".
After an extended pause to compose himself, Moss thanked Green for giving him a chance in 1998 when several other teams considered the 21-year-old a risk. "So to the people that I rubbed wrong, man, that's just what I loved to do". "I told him, 'Coach, you're not going to regret this.' So, you ask me what I would say to him?" Wearing No. 28 (which likely will be retired at some point in honor of Adrian Peterson), Rashad made a memorable Hail Mary touchdown catch in a 1980 home game against the Browns that helped the Vikings qualify for the postseason. "As you mature, you grow, and I think I should have spoke about what I really meant".
"I remember I could make a touchdown and I could walk by him and Bud would say silly things like, 'I could've done that. But, Coach Green gave me an opportunity, man", Moss said after gathering his emotions as he prepared to speak about Green while wiping away tears.
According to the Minnesota Vikings, there are two more names that will be etched into Vikings history in 2017 as Ring of Honor members.