By the time Randy Moss was traded away from the Vikings in February of 2005, his name was etched in the Vikings record books. Fortunately, that etching was not in stone because Moss has returned to the club that drafted him in 1998 and now he’s poised to add to his already-accomplished Vikings career and resume.
Let’s take a look at where Moss ranks in the record books…
– Moss was selected by the Vikings with the 21st overall pick in the 1998 draft and it took him no time to make an impact. In his 1st regular season game as a Viking, Moss had 4 receptions for 95 yards and 2 TDs. He went on to have a record-breaking rookie campaign, hauling in 69 receptions for 1,313 yards and 17 TDs, all franchise rookie records. He was named NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year.
– Among Vikings WRs, only Cris Carter ranks ahead of Moss in career receptions, receiving yards and receiving TDs. Moss has 574 receptions as a Viking for 9,142 yards and 90 TDs. Carter had 1,004 receptions with Minnesota, so Moss has a long way to go to catch him in that category. But Moss is 20 TDs and 3,241 receiving yards behind Carter.
– Moss posted the top 3 single-season receiving yardage marks in team history – 1,632 in 2003, 1,437 in 2000 and 1,413 in 1999. His 204 receiving yards against the Chicago Bears in November of 1999 ranks as the 2nd-best single-game performance in club history behind Sammy White’s 210 yards against the Lions in November of 1976.
– No Vikings WR has more 100-yard receiving games than Moss. He has 41 so far in his Vikings career, 1 ahead of Carter’s 40.
– Moss is the Vikings 4th all-time leading scorer with 552 career points, behind Fred Cox (1,365), Carter (670) and Fuad Reveiz (598).
– No player has led the Vikings in receiving yards for more seasons than Moss. He’s done it 6 times (1998-2003), with his best campaign coming in 2003 when he recorded 1,632 yards on 111 receptions; he also had 17 TDs. The reception and receiving yardage totals were career highs for him that year and the TD reception mark ties his career high.
– Moss and Carter share the team record for most TDs in a season with 17 (Moss in 1998 and 2003, Carter in 1995) and they also share the franchise record for most consecutive games with a TD catch (7 – Moss in 1998 and Carter in 1999).
– Carter has the franchise’s top 2 single-season reception totals, but Moss has the #3 and #4 efforts of all-time. In 1994 and 1995 Carter had 122 receptions, while Moss put together a fine stretch of back-to-back seasons with 106 grabs in 2002 and 111 in 2003.
– Moss recorded 8 100-yard receiving games in 2000 and 2003 and he registered 7 such games in 1999 and 2002. Carter did it 6 times in 2000.
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