For several years in the late 2000s, New England Patriots star receiver Randy Moss terrorized the AFC East division. Over a decade later, Buffalo Bills running back Zack Moss tried his hand at doing the same.
A third-round pick in 2020, the younger Moss has primarily been a backup running back, albeit one capable of using his 5-foot-9, 205-pound frame to try barreling through defenses. As football fans continue watching the running back reach the endzone, they may naturally ask themselves if he’s Randy’s son.
No, Zack Moss is not related to Randy Moss
They might have the same last name, but no, Zack Moss is not related to Randy Moss. It’s that simple. Zack grew up in south Florida, and his father is named Anthony.
However, we can at least understand why football fans may have thought Randy is Zack’s father. The elder Moss was 20 years old when the younger was born in December 1997, so the timeline would at least be fairly reasonable.
And, no, Bills running back Devin Singletary is not related to Chicago Bears legend Mike Singletary. Still, the thought of the Bills’ running back room featuring Randy Moss and Mike Singletary’s sons is a fun one.
Zack rushed for 826 yards and eight touchdowns on an even four yards per carry in his first two seasons. He also turned 37 catches into 292 yards and two touchdowns across 26 games.
Randy’s son, Thaddeus, plays for the Cincinnati Bengals
Those who thought Randy Moss’ son played in the NFL didn’t misremember. His son, however, is named Thaddeus, not Zack.
Thaddeus, born in May 1998, is a tight end on the Cincinnati Bengals. He began his career at NC State before transferring to LSU and playing a significant role in the Tigers’ 2019 national championship run. The 6-foot-3, 249-pound weapon recorded 47 catches, 570 yards, and four touchdowns in his final college season.
Injuries kept Moss, who went undrafted in 2020, from playing a down in his first two NFL seasons.
Zack’s cousins, Santana and Sinorce, each played in the NFL
Although he isn’t Randy’s son or nephew, Zack nonetheless grew up in a football family. His cousins, Santana and Sinorice, each played receiver in the 2000s.
The 16th overall pick in the 2001 NFL Draft, Santana hauled in 732 catches for 10,283 yards and 66 touchdowns in 14 NFL seasons. After beginning his career with the New York Jets, he moved to Washington D.C. in 2005 and became one of the most prolific receivers in franchise history.
From 2005-10, the Miami Hurricanes product averaged 74 catches, 1,024 yards, and six touchdowns per year. His 1,483 receiving yards in 2005, the only season where he earned Pro Bowl honors, remain a single-season franchise record.
Through the end of the 2021 season, Moss ranks third among Washington players in catches (581), fourth in receiving yards (7,867), and seventh in touchdowns (47).
Older New York Giants fans will remember Sinorice, a second-round pick in 2006 who stuck around for four seasons. The diminutive 5-foot-8, 185-pound receiver turned 39 catches into 421 yards and three touchdowns across 37 games and two starts with the Giants. He won a Super Bowl ring in his second season when, fittingly, Eli Manning led New York to an upset victory over Moss and the Patriots.