Randy Moss was one of the most electrifying wide receivers in NFL history. Cris Carter may have been with the Vikings longer and put together a more impressive career, but you could make the argument that Moss was more of a freak athlete and dominant force. That’s probably why Randy, who now works as an analysts for FOX Sports 1, feels that the Vikings should be more considerate when handing out his jersey number.
Moss’ old No. 84 is being worn this season by rookie receiver Cordarrelle Patterson. On Sunday, Moss questioned the team’s decision to allow a rookie to wear his old number.
“That’s disrespectful to give a rookie my number,” he said, via USA Today Sports. “I don’t really believe in numbers but from a professional standpoint, I did make that number. He hasn’t proven anything yet but hey what can I say? I’m just Randy Moss sitting here in the studio.”
For what it’s worth, some people noted that Moss was likely joking. Moss also took to Twitter to insist he was not taking a shot at Patterson.
FYI the shot wasn't at @ceeflashpee84.so pls learn an understand the biz of the nfl.i respect all past an present Vikings!
— Randy Moss (@RandyMoss) September 8, 2013
Personally, I don’t think it’s a major issue. Moss may have returned to Minnesota toward the end of his career and made nice with the franchise, but he dominated with the Vikings for just six seasons. He’d be better off taking the humble approach and saying that Patterson, who is a rookie with amazing potentialt, is a great young player to represent No. 84. Then again, he is Randy Moss. Humble isn’t exactly in his nature.