BEST VIKINGS PLAYER - 2000
Just how good is Randy Moss? Let's review the second-year wide receiver's 1999 stats: 1,413 total receiving yards, 17.7 yards per reception, 11 touchdowns. While those numbers are down from '98 (17 TDs!), and the wunderkind did seem to contract a troubling case of fumble-itis midseason, Moss was much more assured when running routes across the middle of the field. Now, it seems, he relies less on pure athleticism and more on an apparently inborn ability to simultaneously read and dismember a defensive secondary. Consider a December game against the Packers in which the Vikings, on a two-game losing skid and with only a pale hope of an NFC Central Division title, fell to an early 10-3 deficit. On third-and-short, quarterback Jeff George faked a hand-off and found Moss gliding toward the sideline. The wide receiver, in turn, shuddered momentarily and then took off, leaving veteran Packers cornerback Tyrone Williams looking downright inert. Moss coasted in for a 57-yard strike--his first of two that day. Although the lead changed hands again, the Packer defense's confidence was shattered. That's how good Moss is.