With the exception of Peterson, who's still active, and Moss, who's ineligible until 2018, all of the aforementioned Vikings are members of the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
Ahmad Rashad, another legendary receiver in Vikings history, was also in town after having ankle surgery last week. They're also hosting the Saints, which will be Adrian Peterson's first time playing against his former team. "And you must understand that the Vikings are one of the premier teams in all of football - there's only four or five teams [like that] and the Vikings are one of them". "It depends on the circumstances, but it worked out that they were both in town and they're certainly both deserving".
"Randy and Ahmad are two of the most recognizable and decorated players in Vikings history", said Wilf.
Randy Moss had a record-setting Rookie of the Year campaign in 1998, and finished his career ranked No. 2 in National Football League history with 156 receiving touchdowns, No. 3 all-time with 15,292 yards and holds the NFL's record for TD catches in a season with 23 as a New England Patriot in 2007. His draft stock was lowered due to teams' concerns about mysterious "character issues". "As you mature, you grow, and I think I should have spoke about what I really meant". I think I learned a lot from my mistakes. I think they were my own personal mistakes, nothing insane. "So when I come out of the meeting, I'm like hold on - wait a minute - did y'all just put this up here?" All that stuff, man, was great for me.
"Coach Green is up here at a podium kind of like this, if any of you knew Coach Green he could play the drums, he knew rhythm very good", Moss said.
Wilf said there were no concerns about the sometime-brash Moss and how he may have rubbed some people, including team sponsors, the wrong way during his career. You do what you do and let other people make that decision. "I love this game and I played, definitely, with a chip on my shoulder throughout my career". Sometimes his talent was overshadowed by his antics, but his raw ability was more than enough to keep him one of the most sought after receivers in the NFL.
"Coach Green gave me an opportunity, man". "Some people I rubbed wrong, some people loved it", Moss said, knowingly.
"What would I say to him [today]? Man, I would probably just fall in his arms and give him a hug man", he added. "The man passed away without me really, really, really giving him my love and thanks for what he was able to do for me and my family, man. I didn't really give myself any breaks, no time off". The year that I mooned Green Bay was the first year I actually took off. He played for the Cardinals, Buffalo Bills and Vikings from 1972-82. Man, however you feel about me, you can feel. In his time with the Vikings, he finished with 400 receptions (sixth in team history) for 5,489 yards (seventh) and 34 touchdowns (fifth).
He started 95 of 98 games played with the Vikings during the Bud Grant coaching years. "You don't ever get out of that and this ownership has shown that it is a wonderful fraternity and that we respect everybody". "I sacrificed so much", Moss said.