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2006 Player Profile: WR - Randy Moss
July 14, 2006 Discuss Player Here | Team Page
Year Team Gms Plays Targets Catch Catch
YPC Catch
100 Yard
1 TD
2003 MIN 16 177 171 111 1632 14.7 17       9 11
2004 MIN 12 92 92 49 767 15.7 13       3 10
2005 OAK 16 124 124 60 1005 16.8 8       4 7
  AVG 15 131 129 73 1135 15.5 13       5 9
Age: 29      Years Played: 8      Height: 6'4"     Weight: 205

Background:   As a high school sophomore at DuPont High School, a now-defunct institution, in Belle, West Virginia, Moss helped lead his school to the state AAA football title, the highest class in West Virginia, playing wide receiver, safety, punter, place kicker, kickoff and punt returner.  West Virginia’s High School Football Player of the Year finished his scholastic career with 109 receptions for 2,435 receiving yards and 44 touchdowns with 75 carries for 843 yards and nine scores, earning a place on the 1994, as well as the 20th Anniversary, USA Today All-USA high school football team.  In basketball, he starred alongside friend and current Miami Heat point guard Jason Williams (a.k.a. White Chocolate) and scored a career 1,713 points en route to being named Athlete of the Year twice in basketball.  Despite winning state titles in the 100 & 200 meter dashes, many locals argued that his best sport was baseball (he played centerfield).

Moss’ college years became complicated with many twists and turns.  His dream was to play for the Fighting Irish and then Notre Dame head coach Lou Holtz called him “the greatest high school athlete he had ever seen—a bigger Deion Sanders”.  After signing a letter of intent to play for the Irish in 1995, Moss participated in a racially-charged brawl at his high school that left one person hospitalized and the incident resulted in Moss having to enter a guilty plea to battery and he received a 30 day suspended sentence.  Notre Dame was forced to revoke their scholarship offer and Moss headed for Florida State, where legendary coach Bobby Bowden had a reputation for his handling of troubled players.  While waiting for his eligibility to be restored, Moss recorded a 4.25 in the 40 yard dash (only Deion Sanders recorded a faster time in the school’s history- 4.23) but tested positive for marijuana in 1996, in the midst of serving a 30 Day sentence in a work release program.  The additional misstep cost him his chance to play at FSU and added 60 extra days in jail for violating his probation.

Moss found a safe haven at nearby Marshall University, whose Division I-AA status allowed him to transfer there without losing anymore of his college eligibility.  Finally able to step on the field, the 6-4, 215 pound playmaker became an instant staple of weekly Sportscenter highlights, setting NCAA Div. I-AA records for most games with a touchdown (14), most consecutive games with a touchdown catch (13), most touchdowns caught by a freshman in a season (29) and most receiving yards gained by a freshman in a season (1,709 on 78 catches).  In his first season with the Thundering Herd, Marshall went undefeated and won the Division I-AA title before moving to Division I-A the following season.

In 1997, Marshall’s first in Division I-A, Moss teamed with current Jets quarterback Chad Pennington to form the nucleus of one of college football’s most explosive offenses, leading the Thundering Herd to a Mid-American Conference title.  Moss caught a Division I-A record 26 touchdowns that year on his way to becoming a first-team All-American.  The Fred Biletnikoff Award-winner (the nation’s leading wide receiver) totaled 96 receptions for 1,820 yards around those 26 touchdowns and finished fourth in the Heisman Trophy balloting behind Ryan Leaf, Peyton Manning and eventual winner, Charles Woodson.

The well-publicized personal baggage surrounding Moss caused the game-breaking talent to tumble toward the latter stages of the first round, falling to the Minnesota Vikings with the 21st pick overall in the 1998 NFL Draft.  Moss punished the naysayers and all of the teams who passed on him in the Draft with an amazing rookie year performance, leading the 15-1 Vikings to a No.1 ranking offensively and the NFC Championship game against Atlanta.  Moss was named NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year and a Pro Bowl starter after recording 69 receptions for 1,313 yards (third best in 1998) and an NFL rookie record 17 touchdowns. Other memorable achievements during his rookie year include tying Elroy “Crazy Legs” Hirsch’s NFL record of 10 touchdowns of 40 yards or more and tying the records for most 50-plus yard plays and 50-plus yard touchdowns with five each.

In eight NFL campaigns Moss has established himself as one of the most explosive playmakers in NFL history.  His 10,147 receiving yards is the second highest total by any player through his first eight professional seasons behind only Jerry Rice’s total of 10,273 and his 98 touchdowns currently rank eighth in NFL annals.  In December of last year, Moss became the 25th player in NFL history to surpass the 10,000 receiving yards mark, reaching the mark in his 124th career game- making him the fourth-fastest to 10,000 yards in NFL history.

The five-time Pro Bowler exceeded 1,300 receiving yards and 11 touchdowns five times in different seasons, including 2003, when he corralled 111 passes for 1,632 yards and 17 touchdowns (tying his career high).

What’s new for 2006:   Moss’ quite-mortal 2005 season of 60 receptions for 1005 yards and eight touchdowns has banged a dent in his once seemingly-indestructible fantasy football armor.  The nine year NFL veteran has started to show signs of wear the last two seasons with his receptions, receiving yards and touchdowns all starting to dip as an assortment of injuries, including toe and hamstring ailments, have begun to take their toll. 

New Oakland QB Aaron Brooks has the live arm to deliver the ball to Moss downfield but must morph into a more responsible field general and reduce the mistakes that doomed him in New Orleans.  Moss will probably slip into the second round or later in most fantasy drafts this year and will only see a production spike if the Raiders can somehow receive solid quarterback play from Brooks or untested second year pro Andrew Walter.

2005 2004 2003
Wk Opp Tar C# CYD CTD
1 @NE 16 5 130 1
2 KC 7 5 127 1
3 @PHI 7 5 86  
4 DAL 5 4 123  
6 SD 2 0 0  
7 BUF 6 3 43 1
8 @TEN 6 3 26  
9 @KC 7 1 7 1
10 DEN 10 6 87 1
11 @WAS 7 3 40  
12 MIA 5 3 28  
13 @SD 10 7 74  
14 @NYJ 7 2 18  
15 CLE 5 1 28 1
16 @DEN 13 5 72  
17 NYG 11 7 116 2
Wk Opp Tar C# CYD CTD
1 DAL 8 4 27 2
2 PHI 11 8 69 1
3 CHI 10 7 119 2
5 @HOU 9 5 90 2
6 @NO 4 2 89 1
7 TEN        
8 NYG 1 0 0  
9 @IND        
10 @GB        
11 DET        
12 JAX 5 4 40 1
13 @CHI 6 4 31  
14 SEA 11 4 104 1
15 @DET 9 4 102 1
16 GB 7 2 30 1
17 @WAS 11 5 66 1
Wk Opp Tar C# CYD CTD
1 @GB 12 9 150 1
2 CHI 6 4 27  
3 @DET 9 3 85  
4 SF 9 8 172 3
5 @ATL 10 5 81 2
7 DEN 12 10 151  
8 NYG 11 7 125 2
9 GB 11 6 87 1
10 @SD 15 11 120 1
11 @OAK 9 4 25  
12 DET 12 5 56  
13 @STL 16 10 160 1
14 SEA 11 8 133 2
15 @CHI 12 9 93 1
16 KC 10 7 111 2
17 @ARZ 6 5 56 1

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Free-agent WR Randy Moss (49ers) is still undecided if he will play football this season. There was reportedly interest in Moss a few months ago, although nothing has transpired since. Moss had only 434 yards last season.
Huddle Up: That's only 434 yards on 28 catches since 2010 for the 36-year-old Moss, who sat out 2011, and the odds are growing longer that he'll be signed to play a 17th NFL season.

The San Francisco 49ers have indicated that they will not look to re-sign impending free-agent WR Randy Moss this offseason.
Huddle Up: The self-proclaimed best receiver in NFL history thinks he still has a year or three left in him, but he'll need to find a team that both feels the same way and is willing to put up with his mercurial attitude. Fantasy-wise, unless there's a reunion with Bill Belichick brewing Moss has likely jumped the shark.

San Francisco 49ers impending free-agent WR Randy Moss conveyed his frustration about his role this past season, according to head coach Jim Harbaugh. 'In a competitive way, yes,' Harbaugh said. 'He wants to be involved. We've talked about it many times, suggestions he would make. It's all been positive. It's all been good.' Harbaugh would not say if Moss will return to the team in 2013. 'I don't know about that,' Harbaugh said. 'Next question.'
Huddle Up: You don't even need to read between the lines to see that it was a one-and-done season for Moss in San Fran. The team will get Mario Manningham back from injury, but look for the team to add another wideout in the quest to have the No. 2 slot covered alongside No. 1 Michael Crabtree.

San Francisco 49ers impending free-agent WR Randy Moss likely will not re-sign with team this offseason because he did not like his role during the season and likely would not receive a bigger role if he returned. Moss has said he would like another season in the NFL.
Huddle Up: Moss was an afterthought with occasional bursts of glory for the 49ers, but--as evidenced by his pre-Super Bowl self-ranking as the greatest wide receiver of all time--he still has plenty of confidence in his game. Curious to see if another coach is willing to put up with his schtick.

San Francisco 49ers WR Randy Moss said he was 'blackballed' during his brief tenure with the Tennessee Titans and some of the team's coaches did not like him. 'Why they claimed me, I really don't know,' Moss said. 'There were some things where I could really tell I really wasn't liked, and that was coming from the coaching staff. To be able to still make plays -- there were some things going on in-house that I probably won't speak upon until I write my book.' Moss added that his stint with the Titans left him doubting his future in the NFL.
Huddle Up: We've heard more from Moss in the past few days than we've heard all season. That's what happens, though, with 2 weeks to kill between the championship games and the Super Bowl.

San Francisco 49ers WR Randy Moss said he wasn't happy with his role on the team this season. 'I don't like my role. I really don't,' Moss said.
Huddle Up: It was a little Media Day change of tune for Moss, whose attitude and selflessness has generally been praised in reports all season.

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