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Randy Moss gives back to his home state

We’ve been critical of Randy Moss from time to time, and for good reason.  He can be moody, aloof, manipulative.  At some time or another, he has quit on every team for which he has played.

But beneath the exterior, he has a good heart.  He’s demonstrating it again this week in his home state of West Virginia via the Feed the Children Caravan.

And he’s doing it with one of the only NBA non-free agents who has managed to get his name mentioned this week — O.J. Mayo, who played high school basketball in Huntington and who has played professional basketball at Memphis and USC.

Together, they have purchased boxes of food and personal-care products for 1,600 families in Huntington and Charleston.

“I always said you really don’t see what’s going on behind closed
doors
,” Moss said, per the Huntington Herald-Dispatch.  “When I pulled up and saw all those boxes . . . that’s a
lot of families and children that need food and good nutrition. 
Hopefully, we can do more for his community and my community and the
state of West Virginia.”

Moss and Mayo handed out the boxes in Huntington on
Tuesday.  Mayo will also do it in Charleston, but Moss was unable to
personally hand out the boxes there due to a scheduling
conflict.

That scheduling conflict could have something to do with Moss’ ongoing search for an agent; according to NFLPA records, Moss has yet to hire a replacement for Tim DiPiero, who had represented Moss for his entire career.

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40 Responses to “Randy Moss gives back to his home state”
  1. JimmySmith says: Jul 7, 2010 12:08 PM

    Just hope Moss doesn’t run over any meter maids in delivering the food

  2. delmon says: Jul 7, 2010 12:10 PM

    that a boy!

  3. BmoreEaglesFan says: Jul 7, 2010 12:14 PM

    USC sounds more like a college than a professional organization; but if you were trying to insinuate that Mayo got paid to play there… nicely done.
    On the same note, maybe you should stick to Football, Florio.

  4. Meat Tuperello says: Jul 7, 2010 12:17 PM

    Good job Randy.

  5. ampats says: Jul 7, 2010 12:19 PM

    Don’t be surprised when he resigns at the end of the season a new contract to keep playing with “Tommy” as Randy refers to him.
    Say what you want about his past, as long as he has played in New England he has been a team player, playing thru painful injuries. Voted Captain and has been a leader.

  6. IAVikefan says: Jul 7, 2010 12:19 PM

    Don’t worry JimmySmith… the way Moss ran over the meter maid was very, VERY mild compared to the way he ran over the Packers defense for the better part of a decade.

  7. minnesconsin_ad says: Jul 7, 2010 12:20 PM

    “O.J. Mayo, who played high school basketball in Huntington and who has played professional basketball at Memphis and USC.”
    error? or subtle aside on the state of the USC athletic program….

  8. Ingloriousbasterd says: Jul 7, 2010 12:22 PM

    Moss is a great player but he may be an even better person. Sure he’s had some off the field issues but he’s always been charitable, especially towards W Virginia…a state that needs all the charity it can get. Glad Moss is a Pat. Can’t wait for this season.

  9. SATAN567 says: Jul 7, 2010 12:22 PM

    I can’t wait for training camp.

  10. SkolVikings says: Jul 7, 2010 12:22 PM

    Leave it to a Packer fan (Jimmy Smith) to run over a guy in an act of charity. Shows extremely low intellect & minimal self-esteem to make comments like that on a story like this.

  11. whodeyben says: Jul 7, 2010 12:23 PM

    Nice USC jab, Florio. That gave me a chuckle.

  12. csloan99 says: Jul 7, 2010 12:23 PM

    “O.J. Mayo, who played high school basketball in Huntington and who has played professional basketball at Memphis and USC.”
    That’s hilarious! Well-done, Florio.
    And good for Moss — he’s a good dude who gets a bad rap for a guy who has stayed out of trouble the last several years.

  13. ochostinko says: Jul 7, 2010 12:26 PM

    I knew USC paid their football players but wasn’t sure about their basketball program. Thanks for the confirmation.

  14. NashvilleSeahawk says: Jul 7, 2010 12:27 PM

    Wow Florio. Great USC dig.

  15. Speed_Blue says: Jul 7, 2010 12:30 PM

    A lot of athletes have played pro ball for USC. Well stated!

  16. Matt S. says: Jul 7, 2010 12:31 PM

    “played professional basketball at Memphis and USC”
    I see what you did there. And I like it.

  17. Bossman says: Jul 7, 2010 12:35 PM

    Jimmy Smith, you are an asshole.

  18. Commish says: Jul 7, 2010 12:35 PM

    Time to get off Moss’ case. Last year he was playing through extensive back injuries. He was not dogging it. I understand why he’s been criticized before but he’s done nothing wrong his past couple of seasons.

  19. numberfour says: Jul 7, 2010 12:36 PM

    maybe he could adopt the newport news area of VA too… looks like their favorite son doesnt do jack for them…

  20. rskills says: Jul 7, 2010 12:39 PM

    That USC barb was Florio’s best yet.
    Kudos, sir!

  21. birdmancometh says: Jul 7, 2010 12:48 PM

    A rare bit of actual commedy. Well said.

  22. JimmyY says: Jul 7, 2010 12:50 PM

    Bravo, Mr. Moss and Mr. Mayo, bravo.

  23. CanadianVikingFan says: Jul 7, 2010 12:54 PM

    JimmySmith is upset because his shipment of codine was intercepted by the cops, which he left to the responsibility of Johnny Jolly to get to him.

  24. FireJerryJones says: Jul 7, 2010 12:58 PM

    Old age has robbed him of talent… but provided him with common sense.
    Straight ca$h homey!

  25. Ron says: Jul 7, 2010 12:58 PM

    Mike Florio: if you weren’t so busy hating in Moss for all of these years, you would do your homework you would know that Randy Moss has done nice things like this FOR YEARS! Randy doesn’t do it for publicity, he does it because he wants to help kids, and you would know this if you would look past your Moss-hate. And I like your little back-handed comment about him quitting on every team he’s played for. He DID NOT QUIT in New England! He had one bad game against Carolina, but he didn’t quit. Get over yourself Florio!! And as for his agent search , I’m sure he will find one, but I’m guessing that you hope he goes without one, so you can bash him some more.

  26. robert ethen says: Jul 7, 2010 1:02 PM

    Does Moss know that Major Adams and Andre Johnson’s uncle are both available and experienced agents?

  27. SamHam says: Jul 7, 2010 1:11 PM

    Obviously a front to smuggle 1600 gallons of drank into West Virginia..

  28. Wiscdave says: Jul 7, 2010 1:19 PM

    His charity work in Minnesota was usually unreported. He is kind and generous, and he doesn’t care who knows it. For good and bad, that is how he has chosen to conduct his life–he doesn’t give a crap about others’ opinions of him.

  29. The Real Shuxion says: Jul 7, 2010 1:19 PM

    But beneath the exterior, he has a good heart.
    ——————————————————
    Along with the build up of a massive dump from the multiple burritos he ate at Chipotle last night.
    Seriously, good for them, makes me proud to be a fan of the Pats and the NFL.

  30. CKL says: Jul 7, 2010 1:39 PM

    ampats says: July 7, 2010 12:19 PM
    Say what you want about his past, as long as he has played in New England he has been a team player, playing thru painful injuries. Voted Captain and has been a leader.
    _______________________________
    I was NOT a fan of the Pats getting him but dude has always played through most injuries. Plantar Fasciitis (SP?) in Minny for one. That part of him cannot be questioned IMO.
    I really think BB likes him partly because he is kind of like BB. A bit of a prick sometimes, smart, does good things off the field but under the radar , very talented and hates the media and is hated BY the media. LOL

  31. BleedColtsBlue says: Jul 7, 2010 1:39 PM

    Ok.. let me get this straight.
    Rape a couple girls… and Florio says ‘Let’s not rush into conclusions’ (Ben R.)
    Get caught using Cocaine… and Florio says ‘I think he should catch on with a new team’ (Matt Jones)
    But if you are moody, aloof, and manipulative(wtf?) then Florio should criticize you.. and WITH GOOD REASON.
    *sigh* pathetic.

  32. Vikes8480 says: Jul 7, 2010 1:41 PM

    You guys would be surprised at all of the volunteer/charity work Randy has done over the years. He just doesn’t draw attention to himself when he does it. He really is a good guy despite his reputation.

  33. Ingloriousbasterd says: Jul 7, 2010 1:50 PM

    Moss is a great player but he may be an even better person. Sure he’s had some off the field issues but he’s always been charitable, especially towards W Virginia…a state that needs all the charity it can get. Glad Moss is a Pat. Can’t wait for this season.

  34. robert ethen says: Jul 7, 2010 1:57 PM

    Since Florio Jr. didn’t get to N.Y. to see Brees for the Madden game giveaways you better take him down to Huntington for a case of Macaroni & Cheese or some soap. Just make sure to try out the items first. You’ll know which is soap by the taste. Use that with a bucket of water from the well and rub it over your body.

  35. Vikadontis Rex says: Jul 7, 2010 2:02 PM

    I’m sure he paid for that food with “straight cash homey”…
    I love Moss so much though. We need Peterson’s agent to make a deal with Moss then send him back to finish his career with Favre, Peterson, Sidney Rice, Harvin, and the Vikings.
    That would be the best offense in history.

  36. muchmaligned says: Jul 7, 2010 2:44 PM

    BleedColtsBlue says:
    July 7, 2010 1:39 PM
    Ok.. let me get this straight.
    Rape a couple girls… and Florio says ‘Let’s not rush into conclusions’ (Ben R.)
    Get caught using Cocaine… and Florio says ‘I think he should catch on with a new team’ (Matt Jones)
    But if you are moody, aloof, and manipulative(wtf?) then Florio should criticize you.. and WITH GOOD REASON.
    *sigh* pathetic.
    ————————————————————
    Except for the *sigh*, I agree with every bit of your post.
    “Moody, aloof and manipulative?” It sounds like something a sissy writes in another sissy’s high school yearbook.

  37. TitanicComeback says: Jul 7, 2010 2:59 PM

    Love the jab at USC….keep them coming, Mikey F

  38. Unbreakable02215 says: Jul 7, 2010 3:00 PM

    And how’d he pay for all those groceries ?
    “Straight Cash Homie!”.
    I hope he stays a Patriot beyond this year.

  39. Shanahan's Rat Teeth says: Jul 7, 2010 3:46 PM

    Moss is a great person because he’s done some nice things?
    John Wayne Gacy used to do nice things for children and his community too. So did OJ Simpson.
    Al Davis has given way more to many more people in need (Jamarcus Russell excluded) than Moss, but no one is in any rush to point that out.
    Randy Moss is and never was a great person. Or even a good person. A very good player? Yes. But a great person? No.
    Not in high school. Not in college. Not in Minnesota. Not in Oakland. And as inspiring as it is to watch him tough it out and actually play through some adversity, he is not a great person in New England, either.

  40. Deeznutz says: Jul 7, 2010 4:37 PM

    Randy Moss has never quit on the Pats, you clown.

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