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First ballot? Randy Moss says he’s at peace with Pro Football Hall of Fame, come what may

By Derek Wetmore

BLOOMINGTON, Minn. – Randy Moss changed the game in the NFL and will one day be enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame. But other top-flight wide receivers have had a difficult time getting into the exclusive club, so it remains to be seen whether or not Moss will be off to Canton in his first attempt this weekend.

If Moss is troubled by that uncertainty, he hides it well.

“It’s kind of like you’re going into court and you’re sitting in front of the jury. Your fate’s in their hands,” Moss said on a conference call with reporters Thursday. “So I don’t have no control over it, I don’t have a vote. What I will do [Saturday] is just stay around close family and friends and just wait it out.”

The HOF announcement will be made Saturday, as part of the week of fanfare leading up to Super Bowl 52, hosted in the city Moss changed the way football was played.

Former Viking Randy Moss among finalists for Pro Football Hall of Fame

Other first-year eligible players this year are Ray Lewis, Brian Urlacher and former Vikings guard Steven Hutchinson.

“I was just talking to one of my good friends the other day about being a finalist, and we just started reminiscing. He was just talking about how we used to play football, and we used to run the ball [and say], ‘Hey man, I’m Walter Payton,’ or ‘I’m Earl Campbell, ooh I just ran you over’ or throwing the ball like Joe Montana,” Moss said. “And those are all NFL Hall-of-Fame greats, and now I have the chance to be one of those guys.”

The former Vikings great said that he reflects on this 14-year career and seemed to appreciate the thought that his name would be mentioned among guys like Payton and Montana. And he seemed to appreciate that there was a phrase — “You got Moss’d” – bearing his title.

Moss was drafted by the Vikings in 1998 and had an immediate impact on the wide receiver position in the NFL. He caught 69 passes for 1,313 yards and 17 touchdowns as a rookie. Moss remained with the Vikings through the 2004 season before being traded to Oakland.

He spent time with the Raiders and New England Patriots before returning to the Vikings for a brief and turbulent stint in 2010. Moss finished up with the Tennessee Titans and San Francisco 49ers, retiring after the 2012 season.

Moss played in 113 games and had 587 receptions for 9,316 yards and 92 touchdowns in seven-plus seasons with the Vikings. He finished his career with 218 games played, catching 982 receptions for 15,292 yards and 156 touchdowns. Moss’ reception total is 15th all-time, his receiving yards are fourth all-time and his touchdown total is second among receivers to Jerry Rice’s 197.

“We go into playing this game at six years old. … Through my playing career Hall of Fame was never in my equation. I just enjoyed coming to the stadium, being around my teammates and just going out there and competing. That’s really what I fell in love with at such a young age,” he said.

“Like I said, I didn’t really play the game for the Hall of Fame, I just played for the love of the game. I guess your overall final accomplishment for being in the National Football League is the gold jacket, so I think that some nervousness will set in [Saturday],” Moss said. “But at the same time I’ll be patiently waiting. I think I’m deserving of getting in on the first ballot, but when things don’t go according to plan, the show must go on.

“[If] the Hall of Fame is my final stop, then I’m definitely honored to put that jacket on.”

1500ESPN’s Judd Zulgad contributed to this report.

The post First ballot? Randy Moss says he’s at peace with Pro Football Hall of Fame, come what may appeared first on 1500 ESPN Twin Cities.

Source:: 1500 ESPN Sportswire

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