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Moss: Vikings giving Cordarrelle Patterson No. 84 is “disrespectful”

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Vikings rookie receiver Cordarrelle Patterson is wearing the No. 84 jersey that Randy Moss used to wear in Minnesota. Moss has a problem with that.

Moss, now a commentator for FOX, said on this morning’s pregame show that he thinks it was disrespectful to give a player who hasn’t accomplished anything in the NFL yet the number that Moss had so much success wearing.

“First of all, that’s disrespectful, to give a rookie my number,” Moss said. “I don’t really believe in numbers, but I think that from a professional standpoint, I did make that number. And for them to give him that number, he hasn’t proven anything yet. But, hey, what can I say, I’m just Randy Moss sitting here in the studio.”

Moss was smiling as he said that, so it’s possible that he was just trying to be funny, but he seemed to be genuinely disappointed that Patterson has his number. But his complaint is rather odd. For starters, what does Moss mean when he says he doesn’t believe in numbers? Does he think players should just wear plain jerseys without numbers on them? If so, why does he care who wears his number?

Then there’s the question of why Moss thinks a rookie can’t be issued his number until that rookie has proven himself in the NFL. But every rookie has to be issued a number, and every number has been worn by a good player at some point. If Patterson can wear No. 84 only after he proves himself, what is he supposed to do until then?

It’s also odd that Moss didn’t seem to have any problem with Michael Jenkins wearing No. 84 in Minnesota. What has Jenkins done to prove he deserves Moss’s number?

Maybe Moss just thinks the Vikings should retire his number.

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58 Responses to “Moss: Vikings giving Cordarrelle Patterson No. 84 is “disrespectful””
  1. craniator says: Sep 8, 2013 12:37 PM

    Memo to Randy — it’s disrespectful to mime mooning the fans while wearing a Vikings uniform.

  2. adrianpeterson28 says: Sep 8, 2013 12:39 PM

    Thats why Fox hired him, they want him to say things like that.

  3. greglloydrules says: Sep 8, 2013 12:39 PM

    Hey Randy, what’s 84 + 0 Super Bowl rings?

    Still 84.

  4. catfishcrusader says: Sep 8, 2013 12:40 PM

    The way that Moss handled himself when he returned to the Vikings was disrespectful. He has no place commenting on what respect is.

  5. source7769 says: Sep 8, 2013 12:40 PM

    Hey Randy you taking plays off and dogging the catering food from the local family business was more disrespectful so shut up you got paid alot to wear 84

  6. vikestud says: Sep 8, 2013 12:40 PM

    Vikes fans will always look at 84 and see Moss, having him here was a thrill, lucky for us we have AP to enjoy now.

  7. fluffy19 says: Sep 8, 2013 12:42 PM

    He should at least run over one traffic cop before he gets 84. Apparrently, randy whines when he wants to whine. Jenkins was the best 84 on the field last year when the vikes beat the niners. Straight crap, homey.

  8. gammynomnom says: Sep 8, 2013 12:42 PM

    meh, he said it all with a smile but he is correct. I doubt the Vikes did it to intentionally be disrespectful but that number will always be Randy Moss.

  9. th56 says: Sep 8, 2013 12:42 PM

    Here’s a lesson you should have learned as a child, respect is earned.

  10. cardsfann1 says: Sep 8, 2013 12:42 PM

    Why do networks hire border line window licking short bus riding morons like Sapp and Moss anyways?

  11. machoawesome says: Sep 8, 2013 12:42 PM

    Um, sorry Randy; we’re not going to retire your number. Good riddance.

  12. 1bigtex says: Sep 8, 2013 12:43 PM

    Randy, it was pretty disrespectful for you to dog it as often as you did during your career.

  13. supremekingz says: Sep 8, 2013 12:43 PM

    That would be like the Packers giving a punter #4. (Like always happens in madden franchise mode)

  14. dlbpatsfan says: Sep 8, 2013 12:43 PM

    Figured something like this would happen sooner or later.
    And so it begins…

  15. irishgary says: Sep 8, 2013 12:44 PM

    Moss is stupid, fits in well with Sapp, Keyshawn, Irving and Deion. Why these networks think using these guys is a good idea is amazing

  16. bryguy39 says: Sep 8, 2013 12:44 PM

    if Moss was not a head case he wouldn’t be talking about this!

  17. oshkoshoz says: Sep 8, 2013 12:45 PM

    You are correct: you are just some ex-player sitting in a studio. Here’s hoping young Mr. Patterson plays hard all the time, unlike “Randy Moss sitting here in a studio.”

  18. patriots123456 says: Sep 8, 2013 12:46 PM

    He was a great player…

    He is a future HOF er…

    But he doesn’t own “the rights” to his old number…

  19. joetoronto says: Sep 8, 2013 12:46 PM

    “First of all, that’s disrespectful, to give a rookie my number,” Moss said. “I don’t really believe in numbers…”

    You lost me right there, chooch.

  20. mnmarine0351 says: Sep 8, 2013 12:46 PM

    Better Patterson than Allison

  21. tx526 says: Sep 8, 2013 12:47 PM

    Maybe Patterson can add some professionalism to number 84 in Minnesota, which was the one thing that was obviously lacking.

  22. jiveturkeygobbler says: Sep 8, 2013 12:49 PM

    Moss was not a commentator when Jenkins was in Minnesota. Yes, the Vikings should retire his number! 2nd GOAT(wr).

  23. 22deuce says: Sep 8, 2013 12:49 PM

    maybe he feels threatened

  24. darkneptune73 says: Sep 8, 2013 12:49 PM

    Even in his 1st year of retirement (maybe), Moss still a prima donna.

  25. DonkeyStick says: Sep 8, 2013 12:50 PM

    No Moss….Your work ethic in New England was “disrespectful”

  26. cappa662 says: Sep 8, 2013 12:50 PM

    If you don’t believe in numbers, why are you crying about it?

  27. wilsonwillbreaku says: Sep 8, 2013 12:53 PM

    I agree.

  28. getyourownname says: Sep 8, 2013 12:54 PM

    Once a diva, always a diva.

    Or in Moss’s case, superdiva.

  29. orivar says: Sep 8, 2013 12:55 PM

    “For starters, what does Moss mean when he says he doesn’t believe in numbers? Does he think players should just wear plain jerseys without numbers on them?”

    Obfuscating stupidity for the sake of filling space isn’t going to fool anybody, you got what he meant.

  30. iluvbears says: Sep 8, 2013 12:57 PM

    If you watched it, he was obviously saying it in jest, like he was feigning hurt that the Vikings would do that. But he was smiling the whole time. What he really wants is for the Vikings to retire his number and put him in their ring of honor & this is his way of dropping that hint. I think that should happen, no matter what the media or some fans thought of him during his gloriously productive Vikings career.

  31. someoneanswerthatphone says: Sep 8, 2013 12:57 PM

    There’s only so many numbers to go around. Someone’s a little full of himself if he thinks no one else has the right to wear that number. Moss’s immaturity is apparently still there after all these years.

  32. truepurple says: Sep 8, 2013 12:57 PM

    As a Viking fan I never cared about randy moss’ opinion on anything and still don’t. Always been a tool. We’ve moved on randy.

  33. cliffordc05 says: Sep 8, 2013 12:59 PM

    Randy Moss makes more sense when he is picking his nose for the camera.

  34. floratiotime says: Sep 8, 2013 12:59 PM

    If it’s not retired then it goes into the hat like any other number. Maybe you shouldn’t have been such a jerk during your playing years ?

  35. whatwhat2013 says: Sep 8, 2013 12:59 PM

    49ers never gave #80 to anyone after Rice… Just saying.

  36. purple1967 says: Sep 8, 2013 12:59 PM

    Just Randy being Randy, he’s smarter than given credit, and a smart-ass as well, in a good way…Straight Cash Homie”

  37. jakec4 says: Sep 8, 2013 1:00 PM

    Maybe Moss forgot how his second stint in Minnesota ended. Just being a great player isn’t enough to get your number retired, or not given to a rookie, or whatever nonsense Moss was whining about. I heard him on the pregame and to me it definitely sounded like he was serious about it.

  38. stampnhawk says: Sep 8, 2013 1:01 PM

    Moss doing exactly what Fox hired him to do.

  39. purplengold says: Sep 8, 2013 1:06 PM

    Does His Highness also think that a pro football commentator with the same name shows a similar lack of respect?

  40. redbird80 says: Sep 8, 2013 1:13 PM

    He was obviously joking. That said, Moss is and always will be number 84.

  41. granadafan says: Sep 8, 2013 1:18 PM

    “cardsfann1 says:Sep 8, 2013 12:42 PM
    Why do networks hire border line window licking short bus riding morons like Sapp and Moss anyways?”
    ==========================================

    Because they say outrageous things and we’re giving them free publicity talking about what they say. Networks only care about ratings.

  42. adoombray says: Sep 8, 2013 1:19 PM

    I didn’t care about what he had to say when he played, I care even less now that Fox is paying him to be Skip Bayless.

    To everyone else who is posting as if he’s reading the comments, he’s not. your self righteousness is only giving him an audience. that part he is paying attention to because it is what is getting him paid. so your whole “HEY RANDY _____ followed by put downs” is just giving him money.

  43. boobsmcgoo says: Sep 8, 2013 1:19 PM

    Child, please!

  44. nflofficeadmin says: Sep 8, 2013 1:29 PM

    It’s more of a nod to Randy than anything else. Take it was a compliment that they hope this young man can impact the team the way randy did.

  45. rcali says: Sep 8, 2013 2:14 PM

    Every major network now has a village idiot for their pregame show. I can’t watch any of them any more.

  46. 84smooninlambeaunevergetsold says: Sep 8, 2013 2:19 PM

    I’ll always love Randy Moss. I’m going to love Cordarrelle Patterson this year. Take that back Moss. That hurts.

    I have no further comment on this story.

  47. golforepar says: Sep 8, 2013 2:35 PM

    When does Moss think he will deserve the #84? Shut it Randy!!

  48. bcajun says: Sep 8, 2013 2:39 PM

    WHO DAT!!…just sayin

  49. jimatmad says: Sep 8, 2013 4:18 PM

    During Moss’ career, it would have been hard to find a less mature, less ‘respectful’ player than Randy Moss.

    Please shut up, Mr Moss, and just go away.

  50. noring4youstill says: Sep 8, 2013 6:42 PM

    He’s not the big about numbers, BUT. Shut up Randy.

  51. purplehayseuss says: Sep 9, 2013 2:42 AM

    Hey Randy,

    You ‘made’ 84. OK. I always enjoyed your contributions to the Minnesota Vikings. You might be in the Hall one day. Would you go in as a Viking? I’m not certain I’d like you to.

    Jim Kleinsasser ‘made’ 40, if you ask me. If you ask him, he’d disagree. I respect Jim Kleinsasser because he gave everything on every single play. He contributed absolutely every game for his entire career. Never left early/quit on his team. He could have thrown a Coke machine, but never pitched a fit. When I see 40, I see Ellison on the back, but I think of Kleinsasser. When I see 84, I hope Patterson breaks a long one.

  52. allday2k says: Sep 9, 2013 3:31 AM

    Patterson is at least the third receiver to wear 84 since Moss left (Allison and Molasses Mike). What about it is disrespectful? The fact that he may develop into the best receiver we have had other than Percy since Moss? The fact of the matter is that 84 isn’t a retired number yet. The only thing I can see as disrespectful is the last two scrubs that wore 84 besides Moss.

    CP chose 84 because Randy was the player he looked up to. He has always worn 84 and it’s because of Moss. It’s a tribute more than anything else. I wouldn’t expect someone like Primadonna Randy to understand that though.

    I think he is scared CP will become great and when 84 is finally retired, the back will read Patterson and not Moss.

  53. whatjusthapped says: Sep 9, 2013 7:29 AM

    First the catering food wasn’t up to par, now this. What will make this guy happy?

  54. seals1 says: Sep 9, 2013 2:34 PM

    Wow Randy, the way you acted the second time you came around does not warrant the ring of fame. Your fame was broken with your act.

    Maybe you can make the ring of honor in Tennessee.

  55. theytukrjobs says: Sep 9, 2013 2:44 PM

    Is this a joke? Patterson wore the number in college. He isnt’ the first player since Moss left to wear this number. Aundre Allison…shudders.

    Players aren’t “given” numbers. They pick an available one, or they bribe another player for the number they want. If it isn’t a retired number, it is available.

  56. purplemenace says: Sep 10, 2013 6:02 PM

    There are a lot of disrespectful things about Randy’s number: first they gave him #88, nobody deserves 88. I don’t even believe he should have worn Gene Washington or Hassan Jones’s 84

  57. montanapredator says: Sep 10, 2013 9:31 PM

    Give Randy 666 and put him in the Dante’s Inferno ring of dishonor — love boat on the river styx!

  58. ldbeachtecorion61 says: Aug 29, 2014 10:26 PM

    Randy had no problem leaving the Vikings as a free agent, I’d say he lost all rights to the number 84 when he abandoned the Vikings AND #84 for $$$

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