Four days before he enters the Vikings Ring of Honor, Randy Moss said he also stands “up there with the greats” in all of NFL history.
“Wherever people hold me at or wherever they put me, that’s up to them,” Moss said when asked about his chances of being voted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame on Feb. 3 in his first year of eligibility. “I know deep down in my heart, when it’s all said and done, I know where I stand.”
First-ballot discussions by the selection committee haven’t gone well for receivers not named Jerry Rice.
“First ballot or not, I understand what it is, man,” Moss said. “It’s a political war, and I was one of those guys who didn’t play [politics], nor do I intend to play into politics. So I know what I stood for. I know what the game is. I gave my all to the game, 14 years through the ups and downs, I still gave my commitment to the National Football League. Like it or not.”
One thing is certain: Moss will join the Vikings Ring of Honor during a ceremony at halftime of Monday night’s season opener against Adrian Peterson and the New Orleans Saints at U.S. Bank Stadium.
Two halves of Peterson sandwiched around Moss’ halftime show has even Moss excited.
“I think it’s really a big night just for the state of Minnesota,” said Moss, who also will be working the game as one of ESPN’s analysts.
Moss said he is looking forward to seeing how Peterson and the Vikings defenders treat each other after years of not being allowed to go full-go in practices.
“There’s going to be extra incentive,” Moss said. “Adrian’s coming back home, where it all started, and now he gets to show them that, ‘No, y’all shouldn’t have drafted [Dalvin] Cook. Y’all should have kept me. Give me my money.’ So I think there are just a lot of big things that are going to happen that night.”
Moss and Peterson were teammates during Moss’ short-lived second stint with the Vikings in 2010.
“One of the things I [noticed] about Adrian Peterson was how well he practiced,” Moss said. “With pads, without pads, it was game mode. In my 14-year career, he’s one of the top five guys on my list that I looked at and was like, ‘Man, if I could come to practice every single day like him, I can still continue to make plays in my mid-30s.’ ”
Now 40, Moss calls himself, “just an old country boy from Rand, West Virginia.”
“I was just happy to be a piece of the puzzle,” he said. “And now I’m in the Ring of Honor. I don’t even know what the Ring of Honor is, but I know I did something good, man.”