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Today in Patriots History: Randy Moss

John Morgan
February 13, 2020 at 5:50 am ET

Today in Patriots History
Randy Moss

Happy 43rd birthday to Randy Gene Moss, the pride of Rand, West Virginia. Although he played in New England for a much shorter  time than Stanley Morgan, the argument can be made that Moss is the greatest wide receiver in Patriots history.

 

Happy 43rd birthday to Randy Moss
Born Feb 13, 1977 in Rand, West Virginia
Patriot WR, 2007-2010; uniform #81
Acquired April 29, 2007 from the Oakland Raiders in exchange for a 2007 fourth round draft pick (#110 overall). (That turned out to be John Bowie, who played in a total of five games in his NFL career).​

Regular season stats and franchise rankings:
50 touchdown receptions (in just 52 games!) ranks 3rd in team history
3,904 receiving yards ranks 12th
259 receptions ranks 14th
75.1 yards receiving per game ranks 2nd
15.1 yards per catch ranks 16th (minimum 100 receptions)
Patriots record with Randy Moss: 40-12 (.769)
Named to Patriots All-Decade Team of the 2000s

Randy Moss 2007 Patriots vs. Jets (First Game as Patriot):

 

Awards and NFL season rankings while with Patriots:
2007 Comeback Player of the Year
2007 First Team All Pro
2007 Pro Bowl
2007 Offensive Player of the Week for Week 9
2007 Offensive Player of the Week for Week 11
2007 Offensive Player of the Month for November
Set NFL record for TD receptions in single season with 23 in 2007
Also in 2007: ranked 1st in total touchdowns (23); ranked 2nd in points scored (138); ranked 2nd in yards receiving (1,493); ranked 8th in total yards from scrimmage (1,493)
2009: led NFL in touchdown receptions (13); 5th in receiving yards (1,264)

Randy Moss Patriots Highlights | 2007-2010:

Randy Moss | Pro Football Hall of Fame Official Site

In 2007, Moss set the NFL single-season record for touchdown receptions in a season with 23 to help the New England Patriots become the only team to finish a regular season with perfect 16-0 record. Moss made two Super Bowl appearances – Super Bowl XLII with the New England Patriots and XLVII with the San Francisco 49ers.

Moss caught 10 or more touchdown passes in nine seasons and had 10 seasons with 1,000 yards receiving. A six-time Pro Bowl selection, Moss received first-team All-Pro honors four times and was named to the NFL All-Decade Team of the 2000s. He finished his career with 982 receptions for 15,292 yards and 156 touchdowns. His career receiving yards and career touchdowns ranked third and fourth respectively in the NFL record book at the time of his retirement.

 

Aqib Talib headlines the list of other Patriots celebrating a February 13 birth date.

Happy 34th birthday to Aqib Talib
Born February 13, 1986; hometown: Richardson, Texas
Patriot CB, 2012-2013; uniform #31
Acquired on Nov 1, 2012 with a 7th round draft pick (Michael Buchanan) from Tampa Bay in exchange for a fourth round pick (William Gholston).

Perhaps the most telling statistic of the time Aqib Talib spent in New England is the won-loss record. The Pats were 15-4 in the regular season with Talib – but just 2-2 in the playoffs. My first thought of Talib as a Patriot is not his one pick-six, but that of him standing on the sideline in postseason losses to Baltimore and Denver.

In 19 regular season games Talib had five interceptions, 16 passes defensed, a forced fumble and two fumble recoveries. He also had 65 tackles (51 solo) with one tackle for a loss. The five-time Pro Bowler has 35 career interceptions and won a super bowl ring with Denver three years ago.

 

Happy 64th birthday to John Zamberlin
Born February 13, 1956 in Tacoma, Washington
Patriot ILB, 1979-1982; uniform #54
Pats 5th round (135th overall) selection of the 1979 draft, from Pacific Lutheran

John Zamberlin played in 56 games over four seasons with the Patriots, then finished his NFL career with two more years in Kansas City. Since then he has a very extensive coaching career that includes ten years as head coach at Central Washington and four more as HC at Idaho State. Zamberlin is now a first-time high school football coach in Idaho.

 

Happy 61st birthday to Willie Scott
Born February 13, 1959 in Newberry, South Carolina
Patriot TE, 1986-1988; uniform #88
Acquired on July 22, 1986 from KC in exchange for a 1987 8th round draft pick.

Willie Scott was the 14th overall pick of the 1981 draft by the Chiefs, out of South Carolina. He was a backup to Greg Hawthorne and then Lin Dawson in his first two seasons, then became an afterthought when Russ Francis re-joined the Pats at the age of 35 in 1988. Willie played in 99 NFL games from 1981 to 1988 with 15 touchdowns. He returned to South Carolina as a high school teacher’s assistant and assistant football coach until an unfortunate choking incident occurred in 2019.

 

Happy 42nd birthday to Michael Stone
Born February 13, 1978 in Southfield, Michigan
Patriot safety, 2005; uniform #24
Signed as a veteran free agent on September 27, 2005.

Michael Stone was originally a second round draft pick by Arizona in 2001. Stone played in 13 games with three starts in his one season in Foxboro, making 46 tackles. He was added to the roster as depth after Rodney Harrison suffered a week three knee injury at Pittsburgh.

 

Other pro football players born on this date with a New England connection:

Leo Douglass (1901-1985)
Wakefield, Mass; University of Vermont
The fullback and defensive back played for the Brooklyn Lions and the 1926 champion Frankford Yellow Jackets. Prior to that he was part of a pre-NFL travelling football team with Jim Thorpe.

Millville Athletic Club

Bethlehem Bears

 

Cornelius O’Brien (1898-1993)
Commerce High School, Springfield MA; Boston College

The Irish immigrant (or not?) went by the name of Con, not Conan. He was a tackle with the New York Brickley Giants in the twenties. Apparently there is some debate over where he was born, and when he died.

PHOTOS: Tom Brady’s Night At Super Bowl 54

Robert Alvarez
February 3, 2020 at 12:30 pm ET

Although he wasn’t taking part, New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady made a special appearance at Super Bowl LIV as part of the NFL 100 All Time Team.

Before kickoff, Brady took the field with fellow NFL legends.

Brady joined head coach Bill Belichick, kicker Adam Vinatieri, wide receiver Randy Moss, and tight end Rob Gronkowski as members with Patriots ties.

Check out some photographs shared over social media from the ceremony below.

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You can re-watch the full ceremony here.

The New England Patriots Remember And Reflect Upon The Life Of Kobe Bryant

Robert Alvarez
January 27, 2020 at 1:01 pm ET

The sports world found itself in complete shock and sadness on Sunday when news broke that former Los Angeles Lakers star Kobe Bryant passed away in a helicopter accident in Calabasas, California.

Bryant was traveling with his 13 year old daughter Gianna and seven other people to a youth basketball game when their helicopter crash landed on a hillside. There were no survivors.

Speaking with a reporter from KCBS at the Grammy Awards in Los Angeles last night, New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft shared his perspective on Bryant’s passing.

“It makes us all realize how we can’t take anything for granted…Seeing his beautiful little beloved daughter, [who] is 13, and I know the pride he took in her. Here we are in Kobe’s home in the Staples Center. I had a chance to see him in one of his last games here and he was such a gentleman and great competitor.”

As word of the tragedy made its way around the country, the New England Patriots community shared reactionary posts of reflection and remembrance over social media for the basketball icon and all those lost on board.

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doesn’t feel real. RIP To The Legend

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VIDEO: Randy Moss Selected To NFL All Time Team, Chats With Bill Belichick

Robert Alvarez
December 24, 2019 at 10:53 am ET

Last Friday, Pro Football Hall of Fame wide receiver Randy Moss earned a spot on the NFL 100 All Time Team.

Check out Moss’ chat with the All Time Team panel of Bill Belichick, Rich Eisen, Cris Collinsworth and fellow All Time Team member, wide receiver Jerry Rice in the video below.

ICYMI VIDEO: John Hannah, Rob Gronkowski And Randy Moss Named To NFL All Time Team

Robert Alvarez
December 17, 2019 at 9:39 pm ET

As part of the NFL’s 100th Anniversary season, NFL Network has been airing a special every Friday featuring the 100 best players in league history assembled on one team.

Last week, two former Patriots made the cut, Pro Football Hall of Fame left guard John Hannah and tight end Rob Gronkowski.

Check out two clips from the episode below.

The first features Bill Belichick breaking down film of Hannah, the second Belichick and Tony Gonzalez talking Gronkowski.

Tune in next Friday at 8pm EST on NFL Network to see another former Patriot join the team, wide receiver Randy Moss.

Patriots Training Camp Day 3 Observations, Old-Timers Day

Steve Balestrieri
July 27, 2019 at 6:09 pm ET

Apologies for the late post… sometimes life can throw us a curve, or strand you on the road with a broken-down car…

The Patriots were back on the field in full pads in near-perfect weather conditions on Saturday morning. Prior to the practice session, Nick Caserio spoke to the assembled media and announced that Sony Michel would return to the field today. Caserio was pressed several times for more information on the open GM position for the Houston Texans but he held firm and reiterated that his focus was on making this team better. 

“Look, I’m in a great position,” Caserio said. “I’ve got a great opportunity each day to come in here and serve this team and this organization, and I enjoy doing that, and that’s what I’m excited to do. I’m going to continue to do that to the best of my ability.”

For a complete look at the Caserio interview see our FB page.

Caserio did say that Michael Bennett was excused for a personal reason and that out of privacy concerns, they wouldn’t discuss it. Caserio also had a wry smile when discussing Tom Brady’s day off on Friday. 

“Every day, we do what we think is best,” Caserio said. “Tom’s fine. I wouldn’t put too much stock in that.”

Finally, he spoke with glowing terms about Ty Law and Rodney Harrison, and he said that Saturday’s practice was going to be run-heavy with a focus on the running game.

Michel and David Andrews did return to the field, although neither got too involved in the play. But it was a positive outlook nonetheless. 

Besides Troy Brown helping out with WRs, there were a host of former Patriot greats on hand today. Randy Moss had a moment with Tom Brady before the QB got up the stairs to the practice field. Later, Brady was uncorking some deep passes Moss’ way after the session was over. Rodney Harrison was on the field and on the hill with fans and media members. Rodney signed a ton of autographs for the fans and had a nice interaction with several. Rob Ninkovich, now with ESPN was there as well as Willie McGinest who shared some time with Bill Belichick after practice and with Brady as well. 

Rodney Harrison autographing footballs for fans (SBalestrieri photo)

And then there was practice.

Our practice observations included: 

  • N’Keal Harry caught a really nice touchdown pass from Brian Hoyer. He showed his athleticism by leaping over J.C. Jackson in the corner of the end zone.
  • Brady struggled in his return to action on Saturday, going 0-4 in 11-on-11 work and just 2-8 overall in the run-heavy session.
  • Danny Etling continued to practice as a wide receiver and filled in at QB in some running back drills for the depth guys. He stayed late after practice working on both WR and QB drills. 
  • Nick Caserio was on the field and tossing fade routes and quick slants in goalline situations on a side session with Ben Watson and Matt LaCosse
  • Brandon Bolden and Damien Harris were both getting a lot of reps in the running game. 
  • Braxton Berrios, Maurice Harris, and Gunner Olszewski continued to field punts and were joined by Pat Chung today (still wearing the red non-contact jersey).
  • James White took a pretty good pop on an inside run by Christian Sam. It was an audible hit that got everyone’s attention.
  • In other side sessions, Brady worked with Harry and Jakobi Meyers while Hoyer worked with James White and Damien Harris.
  • Maurice Harris continues to catch everything thrown his way. He’s off to a strong start thus far.
  • The big men had some one-on-one battles at the far end of the field. Derek Rivers beat Marcus Cannon, Mike Pennel bull-rushed Ted Karras in a good battle, James Ferentz beat both Adam Butler and Nick Thurman in good action.
  • Umfomba Kamalu appeared to beat Andrew Beck but afterward had to run a lap so he may have jumped offside.
  • Jarrett Stidham hit James Develin for an easy touchdown when someone in the secondary blew their coverage and left him all alone.
  • Stidham also hit Maurice Harris on a nice throw.
  • Stephon Gilmore and  Jackson had pass breakups 

Play of the Day:

Jackson had a beautiful pass breakup on a deep ball from Tom Brady to Phillip Dorsett. Dorsett had gotten behind him and had a step and a half lead. Brady arced a deep 40-yard pass perfectly in the bucket, but Jackson closed and tore the ball out as they tumbled to the ground. 

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Best Of Social Media: The New England Patriots Celebrate Thanksgiving

Robert Alvarez
November 22, 2018 at 10:29 am ET

The New England Patriots put a pause on the 2018 NFL season Thursday to celebrate the Thanksgiving with their families.  Check out some of the best postings from their social media accounts.

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A few former Patriots also shared their Thanksgiving festivities and Martellus Bennett even shared some funny stories.

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Best Of Social Media: Randy Moss Inducted Into Pro Football Hall Of Fame

Robert Alvarez
August 6, 2018 at 6:14 pm ET

On Saturday night, former New England Patriots wide receiver Randy Moss joined seven other football legends as the class of 2018 Pro Football Hall of Fame Inductees.

Although he spent just three full seasons in New England before being traded in October 2010, Moss compiled 259 receptions for 3,904 yards and 50 touchdowns during his tenure.

Check out some of the best social media postings from the weekends festivities.

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A few former Patriots teammates shared their congratulations.

VIDEO: On Randy Moss’ Birthday, Check Out Every TD Of 40 Plus Yards

Robert Alvarez
February 15, 2018 at 10:30 am ET

Newly elected Pro Football Hall of Famer Randy Moss celebrated his 41st birthday on Tuesday, and to celebrate the occasion the NFL compiled video of every single Moss touchdown from over 40 yards.

From his rookie season in 1998 to his final season in 2012 with the San Francisco 49ers, check out how many times defenses were “Mossed” over his legendary career.

MUST SEE VIDEO: Randy Moss Receives News of Pro Football Hall of Fame Selection

Robert Alvarez
February 3, 2018 at 8:44 pm ET

On Saturday night, the Pro Football Hall of Fame Class of 2018 was formally announced during the seventh annual NFL Awards ceremony.

One of its new members was wide receiver Randy Moss who was selected in his first year on the ballot. Moss, who played for five NFL teams over his career, spent time in New England with the Patriots from 2007-2010 before being traded back to the Minnesota Vikings midway through the 2010 season. He set the NFL record for touchdown receptions with 23 in 2007.

Check out Moss’ reaction to the news when Pro Football Hall of Fame President David Baker arrived at his front door to deliever the announcement.