Vikings add a pair of receivers to the team’s Ring of Honor

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A pair of former Vikings greats will enter the team’s Ring of Honor in 2017. Both played the same position.

The team announced Wednesday that receivers Randy Moss and Ahmad Rashad will enter the collection of franchise immortals during the coming season.

“Randy and Ahmad are two of the most recognizable and decorated players in Vikings history,” Vikings owner/president Mark Wilf said in a statement. “They were great players who made their marks on the NFL during their careers and were highly respected by teammates and opponents. They are as proud of their Vikings roots as we are to have them in our football family forever. Both Randy and Ahmad deserve this team honor, and we look forward to inducting them into the Ring of Honor during the 2017 season.”

Rashad spent seven seasons with the Vikings, from 1976 through 1982. He qualified for the Pro Bowl four times in Minnesota. Wearing No. 28 (which likely will be retired at some point in honor of Adrian Peterson), Rashad made a memorable Hail Mary touchdown catch in a 1980 home game against the Browns that helped the Vikings qualify for the postseason.

Moss arrived via round one of the 1998 draft, quickly taking the league by storm and becoming one of the best receivers in league history. Traded after the 2004 season, Moss returned for a brief stretch in 2010 before coach Brad Childress abruptly cut him.

Other members of the Vikings Ring of Honor are Fran Tarkenton, Alan Page, Jim Finks, Bud Grant, Paul Krause, Fred Zamberletti, Jim Marshall, Ron Yary, Korey Stringer, Mick Tingelhoff, Carl Eller, Cris Carter, Bill Brown, Jerry Burns, Randall McDaniel, Chuck Foreman, John Randle, Scott Studwell, Chris Doleman, Matt Blair, and Joey Browner.

19 responses to “Vikings add a pair of receivers to the team’s Ring of Honor

  1. I’m pretty sure the Vikings are unofficially retired from retiring numbers.

    I mean you have John Randle in the hall of fame, Randy Moss on hhis way, and they still issue 93 and 84.

    Other than Korey Stringer I don’t see a reason to have any number retired, let other players honor the greats by wearing them

  2. I was a young fan growing up in a border town with relatives on both sides of the Packers vs. Vikings rivalry. I remember watching that Rashad play live at my grandmother’s kitchen table. I came away a committed Vikings fan for life. That Hail Mary catch led to so much pain over the years! No regrets, though.

  3. @ SD Matt

    Agreed. Let the numbers stand. Let the next kid to don the #84 or #93 or whatever look at the pictures and murals of the player who used to wear it and strive to reach their level. Retiring numbers is just going to lead to needing 3 digit numbers at some point….

  4. How many millenials reading this thought Ahmad Rashad was just an NBA reporter?

  5. Bob says:
    Jun 14, 2017 2:49 PM

    Will Michael Jordan be there to attend Ahmad Rashad’s ceremony?

    Early Word on the street is a yes for Michael Jordan and a no for Woody Johnson.

  6. That 1980 Hail Mary was the culmination of an amazing 4th-quarter comeback that required three touchdowns because Rick Danmeier kept missing extra points. Rashad caught the touchdown that pulled them to 23-22 with about 1:30 left. The Vikings got the ball back on their own 20 with 14 seconds left and no timeouts. The first play was a brilliantly executed hook-and-ladder play where Joe Senser caught the ball and lateraled it to Ted Brown, who ran to the 46. That set up the play we all remember and I nearly flipped out as a puffy little 14-year-old. I was a Viking fan for life after that.

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