Former Super Bowl MVP Julian Edelman describes the arrogance and self-confidence Randy Moss talked to him with.
A little arrogance is good for everyone, as long as you can back it up. Hall of Fame WR Randy Moss was one of those who could. Though missing a Super Bowl win on his resume, Moss is considered to be one of the best wide receivers to ever play the game.
WR Julian Edelman entered the league, with the New England Patriots, just as Moss’s stint with the team was coming to an end. Over the years, the two developed a close relationship.
The legacy of Randy Moss
Drafted in the first round of the 1998 NFL Draft by the Minnesota Vikings, was a 6-foot-5, 210 pounds wide receiver from Marshall University, Randy Moss. In his rookie season, Moss had over 1300 receiving yards and 17 TDs. He won the offensive rookie-of-the-year award that season.
Over the years, he established himself as one of the best WRs in the league by consistently playing excellently. In 2007, he teamed up with Tom Brady in New England and instantly had the best season by any WR in NFL history. He went for 1493 receiving yards and scored 23 TDs. That was an NFL record at the time and still stands to this day.
Will watching Randy Moss highlights ever get old?
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The lack of a ring hurt his legacy a bit, but not enough to prevent him from being inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2018.
Julian Edelman recalls hilarious experiences with Moss
Julian Edelman was drafted into the NFL, by the New England Patriots in 2009. The following season ended up being Moss’ last with the Patriots. The two got to know each other for a little while.
On Cris Carter’s WR1 podcast, Julian Edelman talks about the locker-room experiences he had when Moss was on the team. He also reveals a hilarious nickname that Moss had kept for Edelman,
“Every day he’d come in, he used to call me “Edel-nut,” Edelman said. “He goes, ‘Hey, Edel-nut. 98 first round. You better get to know me… there’s about 15 to 16 of you out here Julian Edelman, but there’s only one Randy Moss. 98, first round. Get to know me.’ And then just walk off.”
— Julian Edelman (@Edelman11) August 26, 2021
The NFL world definitely misses Randy Moss as an NFL player, but seeing the analyst side of him has been fun. Moss sure was cocky, but that’s a privilege that comes along with being one of the best to ever do what he did.