Former NFL Player Randy Moss Honors The Victims Of Police Brutality On The Most Important Day Of His Football Career
After giving his Hall of Fame speech, Moss showed off his tie with some of the victims listed.
August 06, 2018 at 8:06 pm
One of the greatest wide receivers to ever play the game of football decided to pay tribute to the lives lost to police shootings and police brutality.
The day was a time for celebration, as well as a time for reflection. The legendary wideout wore a tie with the names of 13 victims of police brutality woven in gold: Greg Gunn, Tamir Rice, Akai Gurley, Paul O'Neal, Eric Garner, Freddie Gray, Walter Scott, Sandra Bland, Akiel Denkins, Alton Sterling, Michael Brown, Trayvon Martin, and Brandon Glenn who were killed during interactions with police.
His incredible feats on the field spanned a 14-season career playing for the Minnesota Vikings, Oakland Raiders, New England Patriots, San Francisco 49ers and Tennessee Titans. CBS Sports reports Moss racked up 982 catches, 15,292 receiving yards and 156 touchdowns within that timeframe, joining the likes of Jerry Rice and Michael Irvin as some of the best to do it.
Moss' reason for wearing the tie is just as remarkable as his career. He told fellow inductees, including Ray Lewis and Brian Urlacher, that he wanted to make sure the families of these victims knew they weren't alone."We all have kids," Moss said. "We've watched Spiderman before. Uncle Ben told Peter Parker, 'With great powers, comes great responsibility.' So, you asked me about my tie. We all know what's going on. You see the names on my tie. Being able to use a big platform like this here at the Hall of Fame ... What I wanted to be able to express with my tie is to let these families know that they're not alone. I'm not here voicing; but by these names on my tie, at a big platform — it's the Pro Football Hall of Fame — there's a lot of stuff going on in our country. I just wanted to let these family members know that they're not alone."
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