This article is one of a series of articles written about some of the current players of the New England Patriots. In this article we will look at the life and football career of Randy Moss, the Patriot's star wide receiver. While some of his off-field transgressions are well known, his stature of being one of the best wide receivers ever in the NFL is undisputed. Lets examine the biography of Randy Moss.
Randy Moss was born in Rand, West Virginia, on February 13, 1977 to Maxine Moss and Randy Pratt. Rand was a small mining town, not the type of town you would expect to produce one of the big stars of the NFL. Rand was so small that they did not have their own high school. Therefore, Randy attended high school at the now defunct DuPont High in nearby Belle, West Virginia.
During his high school years, Randy excelled in sports. His favorite sports were football and basketball. He helped bring his team state titles in both football and basketball during his junior and senior years. Because of his excellent performance in football during his high school years, college football powerhouses became very interested in him. Top colleges who displayed an interest in Randy were Ohio State, Notre Dame, and Florida State University. Lou Holtz of Notre Dame said that "Randy Moss was the best high school football player he had ever seen". In 1995, Randy signed a letter of intent to go to Notre Dame on a full football scholarship.
Racial tensions were high at the high school that Randy Moss attended. These tensions are resolved in many fights at DuPont High School. After signing to go to Notre Dame, Randy got involved in one of those racially motivated fights. This asserted in Notre Dame rescinding his scholarship. Lou Holtz recommended to Bobby Bowden, the head coach of FSU, to give Randy a chance. So Randy intended to go FSU on a full football scholarship. However, because of his signed letter of intent at Notre Dame, the NCAA considered him a transfer student. This made him ineligible to play for the Seminoles in the 1995 football season. So in 1995, Randy was red-shirted.
In 1996, due to some off-field transgressions, Randy was dismissed from Florida State. He ended up never playing for FSU. He then needed to make a decision on where to play his college football. He considered Marshall University, which was only a couple hours away from his home town. Randy knew that Marshall was going from a Division 1-AA to a Division 1-A, which would mean tougher competition, and greater exposure to NFL scouts. This I am sure influenced his decision to attend Marshall.
During the 1996 season, Randy broke many records as a freshmen at Marshall. This included most games with a touchdown catch in a season (14), most consecutive games with a touchdown catch (13), and most touchdown passes in a season (28). He also broke the record for the number of …