Randy Moss was known for making some spectacular catches during his NFL career with the Minnesota Vikings, Oakland Raiders, and New England Patriots, as he proved to be one of the greatest wide receivers of all-time. However, many people also remember him for a controversial move he made back in 2005. That move was when he acted as if he was mooning Green Bay Packers fans during a wild-card playoff game against Green Bay.
Now, over 16 years later, Moss recently revealed that his infamous celebration, which later resulted in a $10,000 fine, was actually an act of revenge.
Randy Moss fake mooned Green Bay Packers fans during a playoff game
During a wild-card playoff game between the Minnesota Vikings and Green Bay Packers, Randy Moss caught a 34-yard touchdown pass in the fourth quarter. The score gave the Vikings a 30-17 lead. To celebrate his second touchdown of the game, Moss went over to the goal post and acted as if he were mooning the crowd in Green Bay.
The Vikings ultimately won, 31-17, but many people don’t even remember the game for its final outcome. They, instead, remember it more for his celebration. The move proved to be pretty controversial, too. While calling the game, broadcaster Joe Buck strongly criticized the star wide receiver’s actions.
“That is a disgusting act by Randy Moss and it’s unfortunate that we had that on our air live,” Buck said, per Sports Illustrated.
The NFL then even fined Moss $10,000.
He revealed the story behind his celebration
According to Sports Illustrated, Randy Moss recently retold the story about his infamous Vikings celebration. Moss said that a hamstring injury kept him from playing against the Packers in both of the Vikings’ regular-season meetings with Green Bay that year. Additionally, during that season’s game at Lambeau, the Wisconsin band used cards to spell out “Where you at, Moss?”
Without Moss, Minnesota ultimately lost to Green Bay in both of those regular-season games. However, when the Vikings played the Packers in the wild-card game that season, Moss was still angry about what the band did during that first meeting between the two teams. Then, when Minnesota traveled to Green Bay for that postseason matchup, multiple fans ultimately greeted the team by mooning them.
“There’s about 10 white a**** sitting there over the hill,” Moss said, according to Sports Illustrated. “They got all their pants down. There’s nothing but white moons all lined up.”
This all then led to Moss doing his infamous celebration during the game.
“For that stuff ya’ll did, ya’ll taking this,” Moss said, according to Sports Illustrated.
That celebration is now one of the most remembered celebrations in NFL history. With or without that celebration on his highlight reel, though, Randy Moss ended up going down as one of the greatest receivers of all-time.
Randy Moss was one of the best wide receivers in NFL history
After going to the Minnesota Vikings in the first round of the 1998 NFL draft, Randy Moss became a star immediately. Moss gained over 1,200 receiving yards in each of his first six NFL seasons with the Vikings. He also gained as many as 1,632 in 2003 and also led the NFL with 17 touchdown catches that year. Moss then played for the Oakland Raiders in 2005 and 2006 before playing on the New England Patriots from 2007 to 2010.
In his first season with the Patriots, Moss had a record-breaking season. He caught 98 passes for 1,493 yards and an NFL-record 23 touchdown catches. Moss then also gained over 1,000 receiving yards in each of the next two seasons with the Patriots and led the NFL in touchdown catches for a fifth time in 2009.
Moss ended his career by playing for the Vikings and Titans in 2010 before playing on the San Francisco 49ers in 2012.
Overall, Moss earned six Pro Bowl selections, was a four-time First-Team All-Pro, and is now in the Pro Football Hall of Fame. He is also fourth in NFL history in career receiving yards with 15,292 and second in touchdown catches with 156.
Those Packers fans definitely loved taunting Randy Moss when he played for the Minnesota Vikings. Moss ended up getting the last laugh, though.
Stats courtesy of Pro Football Reference