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Randy Moss: I’d pick Notre Dame if I were being recruited again

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National Signing Day is just around the corner. High school players are coming down the final stretch of their recruiting process, and memories are about to be made. This time of year also has former college players recalling their recruiting memories. If Randy Moss could go through his recruiting process all over again, he believes he would still make the decision to attend Notre Dame.

“If I could do it over again, Notre Dame would’ve probably still been there,” Moss said in an interview with Aaron Torres of FOXSports.com. “It’s an experience I’ll never forget. That was my team.”

Of course, Notre Dame was never truly his team. During his senior season in high school Moss was involved in a racially charged fight that led to an arrest and charges as an adult and a felony. He would go on to plead guilty to two counts of battery. With that, Notre Dame pulled their offer from Moss despite the plea of support to administration by head coach Lou Holtz.  He wound up at Florida State where Bobby Bowden had agreed to bring him in to the program if he sat out a season. Moss did just that and impressed in practice when given a chance, but in 1996 he was removed from the Florida State program after showing up to serve his jail sentence for the earlier battery charges and testing positive for marijuana.

It would take some time before any football program would go near Moss again, but eventually Marshall, at the time a 1AA program, came with an offer for the former West Virginia high school star to restore his image close to home. The fresh start served Moss well, as he went on to be a Heisman finalist and a first round NFL Draft pick.

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18 Responses to “Randy Moss: I’d pick Notre Dame if I were being recruited again”
  1. dumbpollack says: Jan 30, 2014 11:07 PM

    Yawn

  2. cardmagnet says: Jan 30, 2014 11:54 PM

    If any team after the first Vikings stint had the chance to go back, they’d have chosen to sign a receiver other than Moss.

  3. thraiderskin says: Jan 31, 2014 12:43 AM

    No matter what happened, Moss is a HoFer and Legendary. Only a few cats will ever be Legendary, moss is no doubt one of them.

  4. djshnooks says: Jan 31, 2014 5:44 AM

    Straight old news and washed up, homie.

  5. chstr330122 says: Jan 31, 2014 6:27 AM

    Yea that is if this time around I have not kicked the s–t out of one of my fellow students! You are the best Randy!

  6. mattacc31 says: Jan 31, 2014 8:15 AM

    Card you are right…Moss didn’t have ANY success with the Patriots…..

  7. ttalarico says: Jan 31, 2014 9:00 AM

    Even though he was a tremendous talent, ND made the right decision. When Florida State kicked him off their team, I knew he had to be a bad apple.

  8. Romulus says: Jan 31, 2014 9:31 AM

    I loved watching him at Marshall with those green and white striped socks. Chad Pennington throwing him the ball, they could score in one or two plays. He may have been a punk sometimes but he was one of the best the receivers ever. And great hands! Unbelievable catches.

  9. lbijake says: Jan 31, 2014 9:44 AM

    thraiderskin says:
    Jan 31, 2014 12:43 AM

    No matter what happened, Moss is a HoFer and Legendary. Only a few cats will ever be Legendary, moss is no doubt one of them.
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    Moss is a person, not a cat. You’re silly.

  10. stoicpaisano says: Jan 31, 2014 9:51 AM

    Well I wanna toilet made out of solid gold, but it’s just not in the cards now is it?

  11. 24mountaincreeks says: Jan 31, 2014 11:03 AM

    Once a turd…

  12. straighcashhomie84 says: Jan 31, 2014 1:46 PM

    Greatest WR talent ever!

  13. dhardy8207 says: Jan 31, 2014 2:37 PM

    Mmm, wonder if Bobby Bowden would have given him a second chance if he had to do it all over again?…

    Guess one can always dream of what might have been had they kept their arse on the straight and narrow…

  14. realfootballfan says: Jan 31, 2014 4:43 PM

    Always wonder what might have been with Moss and Warrick on that same team? Then, when he went to Marshall and blew it up, you knew we missed out on seeing something special.

  15. realfootballfan says: Jan 31, 2014 4:51 PM

    dhardy8207,

    Bobby stuck to his word. When he agreed to take him on, he told him that if he got into any trouble, he couldn’t keep him. When he tested positive for weed, his hands were tied. He spoke of this many times over the years because he’s said Moss was the one guy who looked special the first time he got on the practice field. He said he wish he could have played him that year he sat out, but that was the deal he’d made with the administration to bring him on of letting him sit out a year. He’s the best wide receiver I’ve ever seen, even over Rice because the natural ability and body control coupled with the size was sick. Not to mention the bums he played with his entire career until he got the New England, yet his numbers never suffered.

    Bad attitude because he wasn’t about to play the dumb loyal soldier and waste away on a bad team like Larry Fitzgerald? Yes, tag him that way all day, everyday, but denying how great of a player he was is silly.

  16. dhardy8207 says: Jan 31, 2014 5:42 PM

    realfootballfan says;

    “Yes, tag him that way all day, everyday, but denying how great of a player he was is silly.”

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    **Sigh**… don’t see anywhere in my post that I dismissed how great of a player he became and his record in the NFL…

    What my comment was directed at is that now he seems reminiscent of playing at Notre Dame instead of FSU. Had he kept his butt out of trouble he would have played there. A well earned lesson I’m sure now as he sounds as if age and maturity have produced a little feeling of regret, hence the title of this article.

    I got nothing but mad respect for Bobby Bowden. I always thought they should have let him call it quits on his own without pressuring him. A few of my everlasting memories of him is the “punt rooskie”, that trick play he came up with when Deonne Sanders was playing for FSU and I think they were playing Nebraska if my memory serves me correctly and also the last time FSU played Penn State. The sight of him on one side and JoePa on the other, a irreplacable wealth of football knowledge strolling the side lines.

  17. realfootballfan says: Jan 31, 2014 5:51 PM

    dhardy8207,

    I can read. I only responded to you concerning the first part of my comment when you were referencing if Bowden had second thoughts of kicking him off the team. The rest was referencing multiple posters here who try to deny his ability because they didn’t like him based on how the media portrayed him. It’s kind of why I set that part off into a separate paragraph.

  18. dhardy8207 says: Jan 31, 2014 5:59 PM

    ^^^Duly noted^^^

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