On Saturday night, Randy Moss joined seven others in being inducted to the Pro Football Hall of Fame. One of the greatest receivers to ever play the game—if not the greatest—Moss will also go down in history as one of the most colourful players, on and off the field, to grace the game.
But Moss didn’t get there by himself, and he is well aware of those who made his path possible. During his induction speech, he made sure to thank New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick for challenging him to be great, and, in the same breath, apologized for failing to bring a Super Bowl to New England.
“You showed me how much I loved the game. You challenged me everyday to go out there and be great. You challenged me to be great, coach, and I’m sorry we did not bring it home.” —Randy Moss
It rustled a smile out of Belichick, the notorious frowner! Moss played for the Patriots from 2007 to 2010, including a season that culminated in a loss to the New York Giants at Super Bowl XLII. Belichick and Patriots owner Robert Kraft were both in attendance, flying to Canton to surprise Moss.
(Does Belichick not own shoes?)
Moss also thanked the Kraft family, as well as Patriots assistant coach Dante Scarnecchia in a rather touching anecdote.
Also inducted into the Hall of Fame this year were Brian Urlacher, Ray Lewis, Brian Dawkins, Robert Brazille, Jerry Kramer, Bobby Beathard, and, in his own personal induction ceremony, Terrell Owens.