Randy Moss' arrival in Minnesota in 1998 was a turning point for the Vikings franchise.
The team had failed to sell out its last home game of the 1997 season and there was little question the Vikings needed a shot in the arm when it came to generating excitement. That injection came in April 1998 when Moss fell to 21st in the NFL draft because of concerns about his character.
Moss made an immediate impact as the Vikings went 15-1 and his presence helped start a sell out streak that will reach 131 games today. Today, also will mark Moss' return to the Metrodome after a five-year absence. The wide receiver was obtained from New England on Oct. 6 and caught a touchdown in last Monday's loss to the Jets.
There is little question Moss will receive plenty of cheers from the fans at Mall of America Field today but don't expect that excitement to come via any type of introduction. It sounds as if the plan is for the Vikings to be introduced as a team as usually has been the case since Brad Childress took over as head coach.