Should Randy Moss end up in Pro Football Hall of Fame? [Poll]
Writers from around the Tribune Co. discuss the career of recently retired NFL receiver Randy Moss. Check back throughout the day for more responses and weigh in by voting in the poll and leaving a comment.
Sam Farmer, Los Angeles Times
There's no question that after all this bouncing around, the last football stop for Randy Moss should be the Hall of Fame. Yes, he played hard when he wanted to. Yes, he was a diva and every so often pulled an immature stunt. Still, he was the league's most dangerous deep threat for many years and was a cornerstone on the NFL's two best offensive juggernauts to fall short of a ring: the 1998 Vikings and 2007 Patriots.
His numbers are tremendous. His 153 touchdowns are topped only by Jerry Rice (197), and he finishes eighth in career receptions (954) and fifth in yards (14,858). Had he punctuated his career with his flame-out in Oakland, his hall credentials would be shaky. But his rebirth in New England proved that, while he might have been a solid-gold bust for the Raiders, he's deserving of a bronze bust in Canton.
Randy Moss will get into the Hall of Fame regardless of his off-field baggage, sloppy routes and occasional disinterest. Does he deserve to be in Canton? Certainly.
Moss is one of this era's great playmakers. He has caught 153 touchdown passes, averaging 12 a season. He has almost 15,000 receiving yards for his career on 954 catches. Those are unquestionably Hall of Fame numbers. He also holds the single-season record for touchdown catches with 23, set in 2007.
It doesn't matter that he did it even though he wasn't always "all in." It doesn't matter that most teams didn't want him around their young receivers. Put Moss out on the edge and watch the defensive backs scramble. When Moss wanted to play, no one was more dangerous.
Photo: Randy Moss. Credit: Jim McIsaac / Getty Images