The Minnesota Vikings have announced that they will induct wide receivers Randy Moss and Ahmad Rashad to the Vikings Ring of Honor. The two of them combined have nine Pro Bowls in their Minnesota tenures, and Moss adds three first-team All-Pro appearances to the list.
Moss led the league in receiving touchdowns three times with the Vikings and has been a member of three of the most explosive offenses in league history, two of them with the Vikings. Between 1998 and 2004, Moss was second in total receiving yards to Marvin Harrison and led the league overall in receiving touchdowns.
Moss is arguably the greatest receiver of all time and though his personality would sometimes outshine his talent, it was impossible to deny the full impact of his on-field ability. He retired with the second-most receiving touchdowns in NFL history and the third-most receiving yards.
Between 1978 and 1981, only four receivers had more receiving yards than Rashad, and three of those players (Charlie Joiner, James Lofton and Steve Largent) are in the Hall of Fame. Over that time, Rashad ranked fourth in touchdowns, above both Joiner and Lofton.
“Randy and Ahmad are two of the most recognizable and decorated players in Vikings history,” said team owner and president Mark Wilf in a press release from the Vikings. “They were great players who made their marks on the NFL during their careers and were highly respected by teammates and opponents. They are as proud of their Vikings roots as we are to have them in our football family forever. Both Randy and Ahmad deserve this team honor, and we look forward to inducting them into the Ring of Honor during the 2017 season.”
Both Rashad and Moss will be long remembered for their times with the Vikings, though it’s also possible that a new generation of fans will remember them more for their in-the-booth talents than on-field capabilities. Rashad is an accomplished television broadcaster and talented basketball analyst, while Moss is an analyst and personality for ESPN.