Randy Moss’s Turbulent Career

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Randy Moss 1
In 1998, the Minnesota Vikings made Marshall University's Randy Moss their first round pick. He was the 21st pick overall. In his first NFL game, he made 4 pass receptions. (Craig Lassig/Getty Images)
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Randy Moss 2
The 6-foot, 4-inch wide receiver made a good first impression in '98, winning the NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year award. (Craig Lassig/ Getty Images)
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Randy Moss 3
In his first year with the Vikings, Moss was also named a Pro Bowl starter. He earned a rookie-record 17 touchdown receptions. (Craig Lassig/ Getty Images)
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Randy Moss 4
Everyone presumed Moss would lead the Vikings to a Super Bowl win, but the team was surprisingly defeated by the Atlanta Falcons in the NFC Championship Game. (John Zich/ Getty Images)
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Randy Moss 5
Moss's sophomore season with the Vikings was another stunner. He caught 80 passes for 1,413 yards and 11 touchdowns. However he got into trouble for squirting an official with a water bottle. He was fined $25,000. (Brian Bahr/ALLSPORT/ Getty Images)
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Randy Moss 6
In 2001, Moss negotiated a new contract, openly saying he wanted to be the highest-paid player in the NFL. In the end, he landed the highest payday ever handed a wide receiver. That was $75 million even before signing bonuses. (Ezra Shaw/ALLSPORT Getty Images)
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Randy Moss 7
Moss was required to undergo anger management in 2001. That same year, he was quoted as saying he plays when he wants to play. A P.R. faux pas that still haunts him. (Ezra Shaw/ALLSPORT Getty Images)
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Randy Moss 8
In 2002, new coach Mike Tice initiated what he called the "Randy Ratio," which was set at 40 percent of all pass attempts. The strategy didn't last the season. (Elsa/Getty Images)
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Randy Moss 9
Also in 2002, Moss earned more bad headlines for nudging a traffic control officer with his car. He also allegedly had marijuana in the vehicle. He was fined and ordered to perform community service. (Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
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Randy Moss 10
Fines stacked up against Moss (pictured with Chris Carter and Daunte Culpepper) with alacrity over the next couple years. He was fined $5,000 for his involvement in a fight with the Chicago Bears. He was also fined the same amount for spiking a ball. (Henny Ray Abrams/Getty Images)
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Randy Moss 11
At the same time, he was still earning accolades. In 2003, he was the first wide receiver ever to average over 100 yards and one touchdown per game over the course of a season spanning more than 12 games. (Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
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Randy Moss 12
Moss sustained a hamstring injury to his right leg during the 2004 season that hampered him for longer than a month. (Jeff Gross/Getty Images)
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Randy Moss 13
In what was then thought to be his last year with the Vikings, Moss started having more fun with his sartorial choices. Many fans remember his wild, blown-out Afro puff. (Brian Bahr/Getty Images)
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Randy Moss 14
In what was perhaps his most infamous moment with the Vikings (thus far), Moss was fined $10,000 after pretending to moon Green Bay Packers fans in 2004. When asked if he'd written the check, Moss replied, "When you're rich, you don't write checks." (AP)
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Randy Moss 15
Moss earned the ire of his teammates (specifically Matt Birk and Daunte Culpepper) when he left the field with two seconds left in a 2004 loss to the Washington Redskins. (Jeff Gross/Getty Images)
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Randy Moss 16
In March 2005, it was announced Moss had been traded to the Oakland Raiders. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
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Randy Moss 17
During 2005's Halloween season, the newly departed wide receiver offered a Randy Moss mask on his official Web site. (Credit: CBS)
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Randy Moss 18
Moss's career with the Raiders was nowhere near as storied as his time with the Vikings from 1998 to 2004. Pictured here, Champ Bailey of the Denver Broncos intercepts a pass intended for Moss in 2006. (Brian Bahr/Getty Images)
Randy Moss #18 of the Oakland Raiders makes a reception against Manny Lawson #99 of the San Francisco 49ers during an NFL game at Monster Park on October 8, 2006 in San Francisco, California.
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The Oakland Raiders had high hopes for their team with the acquisition of Moss, but those dreams were ultimately not realized. He was criticized for his perceived lack of effort, and openly talked about wishing to be on another team. (Credit: Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images)
Randy Moss, #18 of the Oakland Raiders rests on the sideline during the game with the Seattle Seahawks on August 31, 2006 at Qwest Field in Seattle Washington. The Seahawks won 30-7.
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In a 2005 interview with Bryant Gumbel, Moss admitted to smoking marijuana once "every blue moon" during his NFL career, "predominantly in the offseason." (Credit: Otto Greule Jr./Getty Images)
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In 2007, Moss was traded to the New England Patriots. (Credit: Elsa/Getty Images)
Randy Moss #81 of the New England Patriots scores a touchdown against the San Diego Chargers during their game at Gillette Stadium September 16, 2007 in Foxboro, Massachusetts.
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Moss's first season with quarterback Tom Brady's Patriots was off and flying early on. Within the first few weeks, he scored another career-high four touchdown receptions in a single game. (Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images)
Wide receiver Randy Moss #81 of the New England Patriots catches a six-yard touchdown pass from Tom Brady #12 in the fourth quarter of Super Bowl XLII against the New York Giants on February 3, 2008 at the University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona.
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The 2007 season marked the closed Moss has yet come to earning a Super Bowl ring. The Patriots just narrowly lost to the New York Giants in Super Bowl XLII, 17-14. (Credit: Doug Miralle/Getty Images)
Randy Moss #81 (c) of the New England Patriots celebrates with Jabar Gaffney #10 and Wes Welker #83 after a touchdown breaking the all time season high for touchdowns in a season against the New York Giants in East Rutherford, N.J.
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Randy Moss is here shown celebrating with Jabar Gaffney and Wes Welker after a touchdown that broke the all-time season high for touchdowns in a season against the New York Giants in East Rutherford, N.J. (Credit: Chris McGrath/Getty Images)
Randy Moss #84 of the New England Patriots checks out the scoreboard in the fourth quarter against the Washington Redskins at Gillette Stadium October 28, 2007 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. The Patriots defeated the Redskins 52-7.
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Moss played in 2008 as a free agent. Though he was courted by a number of other teams (including, ironically, Green Bay), he returned as a Patriot. (Credit: Elsa/Getty Images)
Randy Moss #81 and Tom Brady #12 of the New England Patriots talk on the sidelines against the Miami Dolphins at Gillette Stadium on December 23, 2007 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. The Patriots won 28-7.
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In the 2009 opener, Moss caught a career-high 12 passes. At the end of the season, he was nearing 14,500 career yards. (Credit: Jim Rogash/Getty Images)
Randy Moss #81 of the New England Patriots looks on during the game against the Buffalo Bills at Ralph Wilson Stadium November 18, 2007 in Orchard Park, New York.
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And, incidentally, he continued having fun with his hair. (Credit: Rick Stewart/Getty Images)
Patriots take a breather on the bench during the NFL season opener against the Cincinnati Bengals at Gillette Stadium on September 12, 2010 in Foxboro, Massachusetts.
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Moss's knack for making smart hair choices didn't rub off on Tom Brady, who unwisely opted for a Justin Bieber bob in 2010.
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