Randy Moss said he has “done enough” to be a first-ballot Pro Football Hall of Famer, but accepts the fact there isn’t a darn thing he can do about it if the 48 selectors think otherwise when they gather in Bloomington on Saturday to decide.
“It’s kind of like you’re going into court and being in front of the jury,” Moss said Thursday during a conference call with reporters. “Your fate is in their hands. I don’t have no control over it. I don’t have a vote. What I will do is being around close family and just wait it out.”
Moss said he has spent this season concentrating on his role as an ESPN analyst, not thinking about whether he will make the Hall of Fame five years after a 14-year career spent with the Vikings (1998-2004, 2010), Raiders (2005-06), Patriots (2007-10), Titans (2010) and 49ers (2012).
“I didn’t really play the game for the Hall of Fame,” he said. “I just played for the love of the game.”
Moss ranks second in NFL history in receiving touchdowns (156), fourth in receiving yards (15,292) and 15th in receptions (982). His 23 touchdown catches for the 16-0 Patriots in 2007 are an NFL single-season record.
But since 1984, Steve Largent (1995) and Jerry Rice (2010) are the only receivers to get a first-ballot nod.
“I guess your final overall accomplishment for being in the National Football League is the gold jacket,” Moss said. “So I think some nervousness will set it. But at the same time, I think I will be patiently waiting.
“I think I’m deserving of getting in on the first ballot. But if things don’t go according to plan, the show must go on. You win some, you lose some. I don’t think I’ll get tied up in not making it. I just played the game for the love. If the Hall of Fame is my final stop, I’m definitely honored to put that gold jacket on.”