Vikings rookie has potential

Ed Cabello

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Randy Moss seems to be the early pick of the year.Just when you thought the Broncos got a steal with a sixth-round pick three years ago, stellar running back Terrell Davis, who has received comparisons to “sweetness” Walter Payton, and who has outshone every running back in the NFL, the Minnesota Vikings pick a man who many teams were too scared to gamble on. Moss carries some serious baggage.

The Vikings solidified their passing game by picking up 21-year-old Moss, the 21st pick overall, from Marshall University. He finished fourth in the Heisman Trophy balloting with an astounding 54 touchdowns on 174 catches for a loud 3,529 yards in two seasons at Marshall.

The baggage that comes with Moss is heavy, seeing as he was considered the top prep receiver in the country five years ago. Moss was slated to enroll at the University of Notre Dame, but had his scholarship offer revoked after he allegedly beat a fellow high school student in a fight and pleaded guilty to two counts of battery.

Moss then went south to Florida State University in ’95, but was told he had to redshirt that year and would be activated if he kept his nose clean. After deciding to date “Mary Jane,” he tested positive for marijuana use. Moss was not allowed to play at FSU, but was immediately eligible after transferring to Marshall because the school was then Division I-AA. In his highlight tapes, Moss can be seen tormenting schools such as WIU in Marshall’s 48-7 laugher victory last year. In that game, Moss had two touchdowns that contributed to his career 54 touchdowns.

It has been a breakout year for the phenom rookie, who has electrified Minnesota’s offense and buckled many defenses. The embattled 21-year-old, who scared away 19 teams due to off-the-field problems, is about $5 million dollars poorer, but leads the league with six receiving touchdowns and 463 yards receiving. According to Moss, being drafted by the Vikings was the best thing that could have ever happened to him. Moss had his official coming-out party Monday night against the Green Bay Packers. He finished with five catches for 190 yards and two touchdowns. Moss also had a 75-yarder called back due to holding.

The Bears had serious considerations for Moss but backed out late for running back Curtis Enis, who shares time with Bam Morris, and shares an early team record of 1-4.

Minnesota and Moss stand on a perfect 5-0, and are now laughing at the NFL. If the Vikings can keep a lid on Moss, they will definitely be contenders come January. And who knows, maybe all you die-hard Cubbies, I mean Viking fans, will be there.

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