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From Rand to Canton: Randy Moss voted into NFL Hall of Fame

FILE - In this Jan. 9, 2005, file photo, Minnesota Vikings receiver Randy Moss catches a 34-yard touchdown pass in front of Green Bay Packers cornerback Al Harris during the fourth quarter of an NFC wild-card playoff football game in Green Bay, Wis. Star linebackers Ray Lewis and Brian Urlacher are among four first-time eligible former players selected in the 15 modern-era finalists for the Pro Football Hall of Fame's Class of 2018. Moss and guard Steve Hutchinson also made the cut to the finals as first-year eligibles. (AP Photo/Andy Manis, File)

Marshall University great and Rand, W.Va. native Randy Moss has been inducted to the NFL Hall of Fame.

After a record-setting 14 year NFL career, Moss was inducted into the Hall of Fame in his first year on the ballot.

Moss’ legend began along the banks of the Kanawha River during his time at DuPont High School. Moss was a multi-sport star for DuPont and led the school to back-to-back state football championships in 1992 and 1993.

In 1994, Moss won the Kennedy Award, which is given out to the best high school football player in the state of West Virginia. The following year, he was named a Parade High School All- American.

Moss was also a two-time winner of the West Virginia Player of the Year in Basketball.

Moss was one of the most sought-after high school football recruits in the nation and signed his letter of intent to Notre Dame. Moss would never play for the Fighting Irish, however.

In the spring of his senior year, Moss was involved in a fight in at DuPont High and ultimately pleaded guilty to two misdemeanor charges. Following the incident, Notre Dame rescinded its offer, but coach Lou Holtz suggested he head to Tallahassee and play for Florida State.

While sitting out as a transfer at Florida State, Moss tested positive for marijuana and was dismissed from the school.

This led Moss back to West Virginia where he would become a college football legend at Marshall University.

In just two seasons with the Thundering Herd (1996-1997), Moss set numerous school and NCAA records.

In his two years in Huntington, Moss caught 174 passes for 3,529 yards and 54 touchdowns. More than 20 years after Moss played for the Herd, he still owns the following school records:

  • Receiving yards in a game – 288 (1996 vs. Delaware)
  • Receiving yards in a season – 1,802 (1997)
  • Touchdown catches in a game – 5 (1997 vs. Ball State)
  • Touchdown catches in a season – 28 (1996)
  • Touchdown catches in a career – 54
  • Career all-purpose yards per game – 167.7
  • Total points in a season – 174 (1996)
  • Touchdowns in a season – 29 (1996)

Moss also holds seven Marshall conference records and Joan C. Edwards Stadium records.

Moss holds the following NCAA Division 1-AA records:

  • Most games with a touchdown pass in a season – 11
  • Most consecutive games with a touchdown catch – 11
  • Most receiving yards gained by a freshman – 1,076 (1996)
  • Most touchdown catches by a freshman – 19 (1996- record for all NCAA divisions)

He also holds multiple playoff records at the Division 1-AA level.

In 1997 Moss won the Biletnikoff Award for the nation’s best wide receiver and was also a Heisman Trophy finalist.

After two years at Marshall, Moss was selected 21st overall by the Minnesota Vikings in the 1998 NFL Draft.

Moss played for the Vikings from 1998 to 2004 and ranks second in team history with 587 catches, 9, 316 yards and 92 touchdowns. In 2017, Moss was inducted to the Minnesota Vikings Ring of Honor.

After leaving the Vikings, Moss played for the Oakland Raiders (2005-2006), New England Patriots (2007-2010), Minnesota Vikings (2010), Tennessee Titans (2010), and San Francisco 49ers (2012).

In his 14 year NFL career, Moss caught 982 passes for 15,292 yards and 156 touchdowns. He also threw 2 touchdown passes and returned one punt return for a touchdown.

In his career, Moss left his name all over the NFL record books:

  • Most receiving touchdowns in a season – 23 (2007, New England Patriots)
  • Most receiving touchdowns by a rookie – 17 (1998, Minnesota Vikings)
  • Second most seasons with at least 1,000 receiving yards – 10
  • Second most games with at least 100 receiving yards – 64
  • Second most career receiving touchdowns – 156
  • Third most touchdowns in a rookie year – 17 (1998, Minnesota Vikings)
  • Third most yards gained in a career – 15,292
  • Third most yards gained by a rookie – 1,313
  • Third most games with at least 100 receiving yards in a season – 9
  • Third most seasons leading the league in receiving touchdowns – 5
  • Fourth most career touchdowns – 157

Moss was a 5-time All-Pro player and was selected to play in six Pro Bowl games. In 2007, he won the AFC championship with the New England Patriots and in 2012 he won the NFC championship with the San Francisco 49ers.

Moss was also named to the NFL 2000s All-Decade team.

Moss’s career did not go without some controversy.

While with the Vikings in 2002, Moss was charged with two misdemeanors after an altercation with a traffic officer in Minneapolis. Moss spent the night in jail after bumping and knocking over the officer with his SUV.

In 2005, Moss said his now famous phrase, “straight cash homie.” Moss had been fined $10,000 by the NFL after he celebrated a touchdown by pretending to pull his pants down in the end zone.

When a local reporter asked him how he was going to pay his fine, Moss let the world know, “when you’re rich, you don’t write checks.”

After his retirement, Moss joined ESPN as an analyst and appears on Sunday NFL Countdown and Monday Night Countdown where his segments, "C'mon Man" and "You Got Mossed" have become fan favorites.

Brian Urlacher, Ray Lewis, Brian Dawkins, Terrell Owens, Jerry Kramer, Robert Brazile and Bobby Beathard were also inducted in the 2018 class.

Moss and the rest of the 2018 class will be enshrined in the Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio in August.

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