Written by Justin Prince.
Former Marshall University Football star and Rand, West Virginia, native Randy Moss has been selected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
Moss, a 14-year NFL veteran most well known for stints with the Minnesota Vikings and the New England Patriots, becomes the first wide receiver since Jerry Rice to be a first ballot selection.
In his career the 6-4 speedster caught 982 passes for 15,292 yards and 156 touchdowns. His touchdown receptions are second in NFL history to Rice and his yardage total is fourth all time.
Moss is also the NFL record holder for touchdown receptions in a season (23) and touchdown receptions in a season by a rookie (17). Only Rice had more 100-yard games than Moss who finished his NFL career with eight 1,200-yard seasons and 10 total seasons of over 1,000 yards as well as having nine seasons of double-digit touchdowns.
One of the game’s ultimate offensive threats to ever play, Moss was emotional when being told by Pro Football Hall of Fame CEO and President David Baker that he was part of the 2018 class.
“Thank you, Mr. Baker,” Moss repeated as tears streamed down his face.
Randy Moss is headed to Canton
Grab a tissue. Here’s how Randy Moss reacted when he found out he was headed to Canton. (via Pro Football Hall of Fame)
Posted by ESPN on Saturday, February 3, 2018
Joining Moss in the 2018 class are linebackers Ray Lewis, Robert “Doctor Doom” Brazile and Brain Urlacher along with safety Brian Dawkins, offensive guard Jerry Kramer and fellow receiver Terrell Owens.
Moss will be the second representative of Marshall University to be selected to the Pro Football Hall of Game alongside the great Frank “Gunner” Gatski who played for the Herd in the 1940s.
The Hall of Fame enshrinement ceremony will be held on August 4 in Canton, Ohio.
Read more about the journey of Randy Moss below.