Randy Moss is that kid from grade school that everyone wants on their team because of his incredible talent, but nobody wants to play with because of his attitude!
The New England Patriots have reportedly tired off his off-field whining and have decided to trade the talented start back to the team that started his career – the Minnesota Vikings. For their part the Vikings are reportedly giving up a third round draft pick and will only sign the star for the remaining year of his existing contract (which conveniently times perfectly the one year remaining on Brett Favre’s contract).
Moss has been one of the most talented players in recent history in the NFL, but has struggled to find a home for more than a few years before the teams tire of his antics.
Will Randy Moss behave better the second time around with the Vikings?
Randy Moss was famously passed over by twenty teams before being drafted at number 21 back in the 1998 NFL Draft. At issue then was his off-field run-ins with the law and nobody thought they could keep him in check. What resulted was a 1998 smack-down of every team that passed him over and the NFL single-season touchdown reception record for a rookie. Then the troubles began and his off-field activities began to overwhelm his on-field achievements. In 2002, Moss started a string of bad acts beginning with a traffic incident in Minneapolis in which he bumped a traffic control officer with his car. During a search of the car, the police found a small amount of marijuana. He eventually plead guilty to a misdemeanor traffic charge. In 2004, he turned his antics to the field with two controversial acts that irreparably damaged his relationship with the team and its fans. First he stormed off the field during a game with the Washington Redskins with time remaining on the clock and during the 2005 playoffs he famously faux mooned the rival Green Bay Packers fans.
Moss went on to spend a frustrating three years in Oakland full of off-field whining about his skills not being utilized before he was traded to New England. For another three years, Moss has been tearing it up for the Pats with the help of quarterback Tom Brady but again his off-field whining began to take its toll on his team. It was time to send the star packing and what better place to send him than right back where it all began.
Whether or not Moss can turn it around will depend on his ability to work within the team and play well with others (not a skill he has mastered at this point in his life).
Moss has four children with his girlfriend, Libby Offutt – daughters ,Sydney and Senali and sons, Thaddeus and Montigo.
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