“Randy … Moss! Randy … Moss!”
The former Vikings star receiver returned to Minneapolis Monday to a sold out U.S. Bank Stadium chanting his name throughout the night.
The praise started early as fans gathered around the Monday Night Football crew’s set to watch Moss, an ESPN analyst, preview the Vikings and New York Giants matchup. The crowd welcomed him back to the Twin Cities with handwritten signs and showing off his old Vikings jersey.
Fans roared when Moss was introduced as the honored guest to sound the Gjallarhorn before the opening kickoff. The love lasted long after the game with fans lingering in the stands to watch Moss and the Monday Night Football crew wrap up its broadcast. The chants started again as he walked toward the crowd to hand out autographs.
Another Vikings star receiver Cris Carter tweeted “nobody can get the crowed pumped like @RandyMoss” with a fire emoji.
Moss reflected on his Monday Night Football debut when he had five receptions for 190 yards and two touchdowns against Green Bay in 1998. He said on the broadcast "I remember Matt Hasselbeck on the sidelines watching me score all those touchdowns."
Moss had several standout Monday night efforts. Almost 15 years ago to the date, he had 10 catches for 171 yards and three touchdowns against the Giants.
He also predicted the Vikings victory during the pregame show, saying "First Monday night game in this stadium. Man, this place is going to be electrifying. I gotta go with the Vikes. Skol!"
Timberwolves star Karl-Anthony Towns and guard Ricky Rubio were on the field for the postgame celebration and greeted Vikings defensive back Xavier Rhodes after his interview with Moss and company.
Towns wore a throwback Cris Carter Jersey and showed off some of his football moves as he and Rubio played around.
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