Number 66 on the NFL Network’s “Top 100” is Willie Brown. Brown was a player who was not drafted in 1963. He played at Grambling and first tried out for the Houston Oilers but was cut. He signed with the Denver Broncos but was traded to the Oakland Raiders after four years. His skills of speed and intuitiveness were developed by then, and he went on to play 12 more years for Oakland.
Willie Brown’s career spanned 16 seasons and 204 games. He had 54 interceptions for 472 yards and two touchdowns. The play for which he is most remembered was an interception against the Minnesota Vikings in Super Bowl XI. He returned it for 75 yards and a touchdown, leading Oakland to a victory (32-14).
Brown was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1984 and had no fan vote, no doubt due to his era of playing and the fact he was a secondary player.
Brown helped develop “bump-and-run” coverage. Also, he was a class act who respected the other players.
Number 65 on the NFL Network’s “Top 100” is Randy Moss. I have trouble writing about Moss because I still have in my mind’s eye him taunting as he ran backwards for several yards and a touchdown when he was with the Minnesota Vikings for the first time under Dennis Green. Still, there is no denying Moss is on his way to the Hall of Fame in a big way.
I remember Moss was going to Notre Dame but got into a fight, putting someone in the hospital, and as a result Notre Dame would not accept him. He went to jail for 90 days for various offenses and also lost a chance at Florida State. Ultimately, he had a sterling career at Marshall University, where he was drafted in 1998 in the first round as the 21st pick by the Minnesota Vikings.
Moss is still an active player and no doubt will go directly to the Hall of Fame when he retires. So far he has played 12 seasons in 198 games. Primarily he played for the Vikings and also played with New England.
Jerry Rice is probably the leading receiver of all-time. Moss already is close on his heels, matching Rice with 10 or more years of 1,000 receiving yards each and also has tied Rice having nine seasons with 10 or more touchdown catches.
Moss just made news, leaving the New England Patriots to go back to Minnesota and play with Brett Favre; this is something both players have been looking forward to for a long time.
Moss is highly regarded by the fan base, being ranked 24th on the Top 100.
His skills are undeniable; I don’t enjoy listening to him, although he has matured a little.
Hall of Fame Website, “Willie Brown”
NFL Network Website, “Willie Brown”
You Tube Website, “Willie Brown- #66 from Top 100 Greatest Players
NFL Network Website, “Randy Moss”
You Tube Website, “NFL’s Top 100 Players #65-Randy Moss”