Randy Moss is currently 4th on the NFL career touchdown list behind Jerry Rice, Emmitt Smith, and LaDainian Tomlinson. At 33 years old Moss is still physically gifted and has the ability to be one of the top receivers in the National Football League. So, why is he currently looking for his third team to play for this year alone? Randy Moss is a horrible teammate and employee.
Randy Moss – The College Years and the 1998 NFL Draft
Randy Moss causing trouble is nothing new. Moss had signed a letter of intent to play football at Notre Dame after high school, but he was denied enrollment after a fight in high school that sent one student to the hospital. Moss ended up at Florida State where he red-shirted as a freshman and then tested positive for marijuana. So, Moss ended up at Marshall where he had two outstanding seasons as part of the Thundering Herd.
After his performance at Marshall, Moss was considered to be a high first round draft pick in the 1998 NFL draft. However, many teams passed on Moss because of his character and history of legal troubles. Moss ended up slipping to the Minnesota Vikings with the #21 overall pick.
The Golden Years – Randy Moss and the Minnesota Vikings
Randy Moss spent the first seven years of his NFL career as a member of the Minnesota Vikings. In those seven years Moss had six 1,000 yard seasons, 90 touchdowns, and he only missed 3 games. He helped the Vikings go 15-1 his rookie season while setting a rookie record with 17 touchdown catches. On the field, things were going well for Moss and the Vikings.
While Moss was making his name on the field he was also making his name off the field. In 2001 Moss tested positive for marijuana under the NFL’s substance abuse policy. In 2002 Moss was involved in a traffic accident while making an illegal U-turn in Minneapolis. Moss injured an officer that was trying to pull him over, and a joint was found in his ash tray.
Moss’ Two Years in Oakland
After seven great seasons in Minnesota Moss was traded to the Oakland Raiders. Moss caught only 11 touchdowns in his two years in Oakland and many people wrote his career off. Moss seemed uninterested during his brief stay in Oakland and often took plays and even games off. There were still occasional flashes of brilliance, but it was mostly a time of mediocrity.
Rejuvenated Randy Moss and the Patriots
From 2007 to the beginning of 2010 Randy Moss would be an integral part of the New England Patriots. In his first three full years with Patriots, Moss eclipsed 1,000 yards each year and scored a total of 57 touchdowns. The honeymoon ended in 2010 when the Patriots traded Moss back to the Minnesota Vikings. The reason for the trade was a little bit fuzzy, but it seemed that Bill Belicheck and the Patriots were just tired of putting up with Moss.
The 2010 Season
Randy Moss began the 2010 season with the New England Patriots. After 4 games the Patriots decided they were better off without him and traded Moss to the Minnesota Vikings. Randy Moss was getting the chance to return to the place where he started his career and the place he had the most success. However, after 4 games with the Vikings, and some grumbling by Moss, he was released by the Vikings.
The story of Moss’ career has been filled with ups and downs. It is almost sad to watch someone with so much talent and ability but so little drive. Moss could have gone done in history as the greatest wide receiver in history with all the records, but instead he is looking for a team to sign him half way through the season.