SUPER POLL 50 | 10: Randy Moss resisted showing off at star-studded Super Bowls

Randy Moss of the New England Patriots, No. 81, reacts after scoring a touchdown against the New York Giants in the fourth quarter of Super Bowl 42 at the University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona, U.S., on Sunday, Feb. 3, 2008. The New York Giants beat New England 17-14 to win the National Football League's Super Bowl and end the Patriots' run at an undefeated season. (Photo by Tom Hauck/Bloomberg via Getty Images)
Our series on ASN’s 50 greatest NFL championship competitors of the past 50 years continues with No. 10 Randy Moss, originally published on Feb. 7.

What do Bill Belichick and Jay-Z have in common? In some ways, they defined how Randy Moss remembers his two Super Bowl experiences.

Moss, who played two seasons at Marshall when the Thundering Herd was a member of the MAC, competed in Super Bowl XLII with the New England Patriots and Super Bowl XLVII with the San Francisco 49ers.

Those star-studded events left a lasting impression.

10-Randy-Moss“I remember Belichick saying this, ‘Guys, when you’re warming up, you’re going to see stars, you’re going to see the beautifuls, you’re going to see the Halle Berrys, they’re going to be on the sidelines taking pictures of you,” Moss said on Fox Sports’ Randy Moss Remembers: Super Bowl Edition in 2015.

“So, he was like, ‘Guys, I’ve experienced it first hand’ where his guys go out there and see Kevin Costner or somebody and they say, ‘I’m going to show Kevin Costner that I got good feet’ and before you know it, you come back to the locker room needing a dad-gum IV because you used all your energy in the last 10 minutes out there showing off for Kevin Costner.

“Luckily, I didn’t warm up,” Moss quipped, “because I might have showed Kevin Costner I could run a 4.1.”

But that speech stayed with Moss, whose Patriots and 49ers both lost their Super Bowl bids. Five years later, when the 49ers played the Baltimore Ravens at the Superdome in New Orleans, Moss spotted Jay-Z in the stands.

Did he show off? Or even say hello? Nope.

“He’s all by hisself, no security, he’s just chilling,” Moss said. “I’m thinking to myself, ‘Should I say what’s up to Jay-Z or what?’ Well I didn’t … because I’m thinking like, man, I got a football game to win. But, hey, that’s Jay-Z over there.’

“I’m walking on the field right before the lights went off at the Superdome and I’m thinking dad-you-gum-it, you have just said ‘What’s up?’ to Jay-Z and I know that has nothing to do with football, but that’s one of my craziest moments in the Superdome during the game.”

Fans may better remember Moss’ contributions on the field. In his first season with the Patriots, New England went 16-0 during the regular season while Moss set an NFL record for most touchdown receptions (23) and set a Patriots record with 1,493 yards on 98 receptions. In the Super Bowl, he scored a go-ahead touchdown on a 6-yard catch, but the Giants responded and won the game, 17-14.

In the final season of his career, Moss caught 28 passes for 434 yards and three touchdowns for the 49ers, who fell to the Ravens, 34-31, in the Super Bowl. Moss caught two passes for 41 yards in that game.

Moss had a memorable 14-year career during which he was selected to the Pro Bowl seven times, led the NFL in receiving touchdowns five times and was four-time All-Pro. He is second in NFL history with 156 touchdown receptions.

 


Above: Randy Moss of the New England Patriots  reacts after scoring a touchdown against the New York Giants in the fourth quarter of Super Bowl XLII at the University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Ariz., on Sunday, Feb. 3, 2008. The Giants won, 17-14, to end the Patriots’ run at an undefeated season. (Photo by Tom Hauck/Bloomberg via Getty Images)
Middle: Randy Moss earned All-America honors and caught a total of 54 touchdowns in his two seasons at Marshall. (Photo courtesy of Marshall Athletics)

Jill R. Dorson

Jill R. Dorson is a freelance writer based in San Diego.