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Randy Moss

Randy Moss

Randy Moss (1977- ) was born in Charleston and is an analyst for Fox Football Daily and retired professional football wide receiver. Prior to his 14 seasons in the National Football League (NFL), he attended DuPont High School, Cabell Alternative School, Florida State, and Marshall University. During his time as a DuPont Panther, he excelled in many activities, including sports, track, and debate, receiving the title of West Virginia Player of the Year in both football and basketball.

He was first drafted in 1998 for the Minnesota Vikings and played with several other teams before his last contract in 2012 with the San Francisco 49ers. Moss holds many records professionally, including both the NFL Single-Season Touchdown Reception record for a rookie (1998) and the NFL Single-Season Touchdown Reception record (2007). On August 4, 2018, Moss was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame, joining Frank "Gunner" Gatski as the only Marshall players elected into the Hall of Fame. He was inducted into the West Virginia Sports Hall of Fame on May 5, 2019. In December 2019 Moss was the first wide receiver named to the NFL 100 All-Time Team. Moss has participated in many charitable programs since the beginning of his career. He launched the Randy Moss Celebrity Charity Invitational Bass Tournament in 2005 to raise money for the Smile Network and the Links for Learning Foundation in 2008.

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