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Former Raiders WR Randy Moss Elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame Class of 2018

By the time Randy Moss became a Raider, he had already become an established star in the NFL. Sadly, his time in Oakland was mostly forgotten by the time he went on to be an even bigger star with Tom Brady and the Patriots.

Nevertheless, Moss on Saturday was bestowed with the highest honor of the game, going into the Hall of Fame the first time on the ballot.

Arguably the most talented wide receiver in NFL history, Moss has a fascinating career path. Drafted by the Vikings in the first round of the 1998 NFL Draft, Moss fell to 21st overall because of character concerns (he left Florida State and finished college at Marshall). He exploded on the scene, leading the NFL in touchdowns as a rookie (17) while catching 69 passes for 1,313 yards.

Partnering with Cris Carter for several years, Moss would become the most lethal deep threat in the NFL; a highlight reel of his catches over 40 yards lasts more than nine minutes. But things weren’t always smooth sailing for Moss: he drew criticism for his behavior on the field, including a fake mooning of Packers fans at Lambeau Field that brought out the classic “disgusting act” line from Joe Buck on the broadcast.

Moss was traded to the Oakland Raiders during the 2005 offseason and it looked like his career might be winding down. Moss topped 1,000 receiving yards his first year with the Silver and Black but clearly wasn’t happy and later said he didn’t care as much when he wasn’t in a good mood. Moss would be traded to the Patriots before the 2007 season and he exploded in a historical season, catching 98 passes for 1,493 yards and an absurd 23 touchdowns.

Moss in his two years with the Raiders had 1558 yards on 102 catches, and 11 touchdowns. He ranks fourth in receiving yards (15,292), 15th in receptions (982) and second in receiving touchdowns (156).

Joining Moss in the class of 2018 is Brian Urlacher, Terrell Owens, Brian Dawkins, and Ray Lewis, plus senior selections Robert Brazile and Jerry Kramer, and contributor Bobby Beathard.

The ceremony for Moss and the class of 2018 will take place on Saturday, August 4th in Canton, Ohio.


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