We are less than an hour away from the start of the 2018 Pro Football Hall of Fame induction ceremony, where we will see Minnesota Vikings great Randy Moss enshrined into his rightful home among the all-time greats in the history of the sport.
We’ll have an Open Thread for the Ceremony coming up when things get underway in Canton, but for now, here’s a question for everyone to ponder and discuss:
What is your all-time favorite Randy Moss touchdown?
Yeah, there are a lot to choose from. He had 156 touchdown receptions in his career, with 92 of those coming in purple. (Regular season, that is.) I’m pretty sure I’ve said what my personal favorite Moss touchdown is in this space before, but given the moment, I think it’s appropriate to talk about it again.
For this one, we’ll go to Dallas on Thanksgiving Day in 2000 for the Vikings’ battle against the Dallas Cowboys. Nearing the end of the third quarter, the Vikings were sitting on a 20-9 lead over the Cowboys at Texas Stadium, and they were looking at a 2nd-and-9 from the Dallas 36-yard line. At that moment, Daunte Culpepper and Randy Moss connected on what I fell, personally, is not only the greatest catch of Randy Moss’ career, but to this day it’s still the greatest catch I’ve ever seen on a football field.
The version of this I can share through YouTube isn’t of the greatest quality, but you can see a much better quality, non-embeddable NFL.com version at this link here.
Moss is all by himself on the right side of the formation for the Vikings. Culpepper drops back to pass, scans the field, and launches one for Moss in the back of the end zone. Moss’ end of the catch shows how ridiculously talented he was.
Cowboys’ cornerback Phillippi Sparks is right there with Moss. Seriously, there’s not a lot of separation on the play between Sparks and Moss on this one. As the ball comes down to Moss, who’s flying down the field at full speed, Sparks goes up to attempt to make a play on the ball. Sparks misses, and Moss’ concentration allows him to reel in the catch anyway. But that’s not even the most impressive part of the play.
Check out Moss’ feet.
While he’s reaching out for and concentrating on the football, he sticks his toes just short of the end line and pretty much comes to a complete stop, all while making sure he secures the catch.
I know that there have been some pretty impressive catches by other players in the nearly two decades since this play took place. But honestly, I could be watching football when I’m 100 years old, and I’ll still be swearing that I have never in my life seen a catch more ridiculous than that one.
So that’s my favorite Moss touchdown of all time. What’s yours?