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Friday, November 22, 2019

Articles tagged: Randy Moss

Bill Belichick compares Antonio Brown situation to Patriots acquiring Randy Moss

Bill Belichick

The New England Patriots have a reputation for taking on controversial players and getting them to buy into their winning culture, and Bill Belichick had no problem reminding the media of that when asked a question about Antonio Brown this week.

Belichick was asked by Tom E. Curran of NBC Sports Boston on Tuesday if he is concerned about Brown becoming a distraction in New England the way he did with the Pittsburgh Steelers and Oakland Raiders. The coach gave a standard response when he said he “wasn’t in either of those places” and can’t comment on those situations, but he surprisingly brought up Randy Moss when pressed further.

While it’s uncharacteristic of Belichick to point it out, the comparison is a good one. The Patriots traded a fourth-round draft pick for Moss prior to the 2007 season after the Hall of Famer became a malcontent in Oakland, of all places. Moss was 30 at the time, and Brown is 31. Moss went on to help the Patriots put together a historic season in 2007, and he averaged roughly 83 catches, 1,255 yards and 15 touchdowns per season through his first three years in New England.

It should be noted that Moss eventually became a bit of a headache with the Patriots, and they traded him to the Minnesota Vikings during the 2010 season. Still, they got more out of him than almost anyone expected.

While Brown the potential of Brown becoming a distraction is an obvious risk the Patriots are taking, he’s also one of the best receivers in football and still in his prime. Plus, there are reasons to believe forcing his way out of Oakland so he could sign with the Patriots was all part of a master plan for Brown. Even if the Patriots get top production out of Brown for a season, the risk will have been worth the reward.

Randy Moss shares awesome photo of group of NFL legends

Randy Moss

Randy Moss got together with a group of current and future NFL Hall of Famers this week, and the legendary wide receiver asked the question that was on everyone’s mind.

How many touchdowns can you fit into one photo?

The photo has to be one of the most star-studded in NFL history. Along with Moss were Tom Brady, Roger Staubach, Brett Favre, Jerry Rice and Larry Fitzgerald. The caption Moss used was awesome.

The answer, including playoff scores, is 1,904. If you want some more stats, the group has also combined for 12 championships and 21 First Team All-Pro selections.

Not bad, I guess.

Watch: Odell Beckham Jr pretends to moon Randy Moss

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Odell Beckham Jr knows his history — or at least he knows about infamous touchdown celebrations.

Beckham and his New York Giants were warming up ahead of their “Monday Night Football” game against the Atlanta Falcons. The Giants receiver went over to the ESPN pregame setup and playfully mooned Randy Moss, one of the ESPN analysts.

Moss instantly recognized what Beckham was doing and gave a big smile. Beckham also gave him a smile too. And just to make it all perfect, the other ESPN analysts quoted Joe Buck when talking about it, calling it a “disgusting act.”

Beckham’s moon was a take on Moss’ celebration following a touchdown at Green Bay in the 2005 NFL playoffs. Moss pretended to moon Packers fans because that’s what they traditionally do to the departing team’s bus. Now if Beckham does it during the game, that will take it to the next level. And hopefully it will look better than Isaiah Crowell’s recent effort.

Tom Brady criticized for untimely comment on Randy Moss’s Instagram

Tom Brady

It makes sense that Tom Brady thinks Randy Moss looks better in a New England Patriots uniform than he does wearing Minnesota Vikings colors, but the four-time Super Bowl MVP picked a pretty puzzling time to express that.

On Sunday, Moss shared a tribute on Instagram to Fred Zamberletti, the longtime Vikings athletic trainer who passed away at age 86. For whatever reason, Brady saw Moss’s Instagram post as an opportunity to tell the Hall of Fame receiver that he looks better in a Pats uniform.

As you might expect, people tore into Brady.

We can only hope that Brady or the person running his Instagram account did not realize Moss was paying tribute to someone who passed away. Otherwise, that was horribly timed to say the least.

Brady has been noticeably short with the media this offseason, and it would not be a surprise if he’s asked a question this week about his Instagram activity.

Randy Moss has received 150-200 hate mail messages over tie

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Randy Moss has received a strong reaction to the tie he wore to his Hall of Fame enshrinement over the weekend.

Moss talked with The Undefeated’s Jason Reid about his tie, which he says has generated responses from those in favor and opposed to his message.

“The black community praised me and thanked me for shedding light on African-Americans dying,” Moss told Reid. “Then on the flip side, you’ve got sites where people are slamming me, saying ‘Hey, n—–, stay in your place.’ They’re saying, ‘You’re a dumb black jock. You just need to stick to playing football, n—–.’ All of this hate mail I’m getting for wearing a tie and talking about the truth. But I can handle it because I’ve been dealing with racism my whole life. I’ve deleted a lot of hate mail. Probably 150 to 200 messages the last few days.”

The tie was custom-made by Moss’ tailor and had the names of several black people who had been killed by police or died in police custody stitched into it in gold. The deaths of the people listed on his tie have been regarded as injustices by many.

Moss told Reid he knew there was going to be some controversy about his tie but he didn’t care. He says that in addition to the hate mail, he has received messages of support from current athletes and celebrities.

Randy Moss pays tribute with his Hall of Fame tie

Randy Moss tie

Randy Moss used a piece of his Hall of Fame wardrobe to send a powerful message.

Moss was enshrined into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio on Saturday night. During the evening, he wore a tie that had the names of several people stitched in. The tie paid tribute to several black victims who were wrongfully killed.

“What I wanted to be able to express with my tie is to let these families know that they’re not alone,” Moss said of his tie during an appearance on NFL Network. “I’m not here voicing, but by these names on my tie, and a big platform as the Pro Football Hall of Fame … there’s a lot of stuff going on in our country, and I just want to let these family members know that they’re not alone.”

Moss’ actions were noticed by many and well-received. The tie also could go a long way towards making up for his comments last year on those protesting racism.

NFL legend mentoring Jameis Winston after latest conduct violation

Jameis Winston

Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston is facing a potentially career-defining year, and he’s getting some help from an NFL legend to try and turn things around.

Winston, who will miss the first three games of the 2018 season due to suspension, has enlisted Randy Moss to mentor him.

“He’s doing things right,” Moss told Fox 13, via Florida Football Insiders. “It’s a bump in the road … Man, just continue to fight. It happens … What he did was wrong. You know. I’m not saying right or wrong. There was a woman involved. So, I’m not going to get into all of that. What he did was wrong. He know (sic) it was wrong. So, I think it’s up to him as a man to understand what he did wrong, to live and learn from it and let it go.”

Winston is alleged to have sexually assaulted an Uber driver, and the NFL suspended him for it. The Buccaneers are probably getting very tired of dealing with this, and he needs to turn things around and shape up. Perhaps Moss, who had plenty of off-field issues in his college days, can help.