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Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Randy Moss’ ‘Rand University’ introduction may not mean what you think

During the introductions of the Sunday Night Football broadcast, Randy Moss said he attended “Rand University” when the player introduction graphics were being shown at the bottom of the screen. Fans immediately interpreted “Rand” as some variation of the future Hall of Famer’s name. When you think about it like that, the straight cash homey jokes practically write themselves.

However, that was not what Moss meant. As Game On! pointed out, Moss grew up in a small town called Rand in West Virginia. Back in 2008 when he was with the Patriots, the Boston Globe ran a story in which one of Randy’s friends explained the meaning behind Rand University.

“Growing up in a low-income area, the one thing we had was a 7-Eleven,” Moss’ business manager and close friend Donnie Jones explained. “We’ve had all-state athletes here, but because of the environment in which they grew up, people in the community would say, ‘It doesn’t matter. He isn’t going anywhere but Rand University.’

“I was an all-state football player, but when they said that to me, what they meant was that when I was done with high school, I’d be standing at the 7-Eleven drinking a cold beer. That’s the university. I graduated from there.”

So that explains that. We all know Moss can be a cocky and arrogant guy sometimes, but he didn’t invent a fake university and name it after himself. By saying he graduated from Rand University, Moss was paying tribute to his hometown and the fact that he was able to make something out of his life.

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