Vikings wide receiver Randy Moss has been voted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame Class of 2018, according to multiple reports.
Vikings wide receiver Randy Moss has been voted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame Class of 2018, according to multiple reports. He joins Brian Urlacher, Ray Lewis, Brian Dawkins, Terrell Owens, Jerry Kramer, Robert Brazile and Bobby Beathard in this year's class.
Moss cemented himself as one of the greatest players in Vikings history during his seven-year stint with the team. He ranks second all-time in touchdown receptions and fourth in total receiving yards. Moss also led the NFL in touchdowns during five of his 14 seasons in the league. The six-time Pro Bowl selection is just the third receiver to earn first ballot honors. He is the first wide receiver since Jerry Rice to accomplish the feat.
Moss, the wide receiver nicknamed "SuperFreak," became the 14th Minnesota Vikings player elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
The Vikings took a chance on Moss, selecting him with the 21st overall pick in the 1998 draft. Head coach Dennis Green saw the rare talent the young wide receiver possessed. Moss ran a 4.25 40-yard dash and had a 47-inch vertical during his pre-draft workout. All he needed was an opportunity.
Once he was selected, Moss wanted to show the world he was meant to play professional football.
The West Virginia native took the NFL by storm in 1998, tallying 1,313 yards and 17 touchdowns during his rookie season. His rare blend of freakish athleticism and crafty route running revolutionized the game of football. When he reached the NFL, he took the top off of defenses, snatching passes over defensive backs for acrobatic touchdowns. He finished his career with 46 touchdown passes of 40-plus yards. He was one of the most electrifying players in the history of the game.
Following the 1998 season, Green Bay Packers General Manager Ron Wolf even drafted three defensive backs in an effort to stop Moss. The star wide receiver forever made 20 other NFL teams pay for passing up the chance to select him. Moss would tear apart defenses as a member of the Vikings and capped his career with four dominant seasons in New England with the Patriots.
Moss will be inducted into the Hall of Fame in Canton, OH on Aug. 4 after being notified of the honor while taking part in Saturday's NFL Honors ceremony at the University of Minnesota.