It has been confirmed by the NFL: Vikings’ legendary receiver Randy Moss is officially a Hall of Famer.
— NFL (@NFL) February 4, 2018
Moss will be joined by Terrell Owens, Brian Urlacher, Ray Lewis, Brian Dawkins, Robert Brazile and Jerry Kramer as player selections. Super Bowl-winning executive Bobby Beathard also earned a spot in Canton.
Moss, considered by many to be the second-best receiver in NFL history behind only Jerry Rice, currently ranks sixth all time in yards, seventh in yards per game, 10th in receptions and second in yards per catch. His 10 seasons of at least 1,000 receiving yards are second only to Rice, as are his 64 100-yard games. A four-time First Team All-Pro and six-time Pro Bowler, Moss was voted in to the Vikings Ring of Honor prior to the season opener in 2017.
This year’s class seems especially apropos as position contemporaries will be joining each other in Canton in 2018. Urlacher and Lewis, the two best linebackers of their era and Owens and Moss, the two best receivers cap off years of comparisons and debate with simultaneous Hall of Fame induction.
Owens and Moss joined the league within a couple years of each other and spent the entirety of their careers inexorably linked. Both were dominant, game-changing performers on the field balanced by their big, controversial personalities off of it. There was some speculation that Moss’s personality could cost him in the Hall of Fame vote on his first ballot like it did Owens. But alas, that was not the case.
Instead, Moss finally cements his name alongside Rice, perhaps the only man at his position he ever had to look up to. Congratulations go out to the fastest, most exciting and most captivating receiver to ever strap on shoulder pads.
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