The Minnesota Vikings have had three nuclear bombs on offense in their history, and they're all in the top four of our list. Of the three, none had more of an explosive impact than Randy Moss, the Vikings' first-round pick in the 1998 draft.
Yes, we all wish that Moss would have been more of a professional, had a little less swag, and a little more grrr. But that wasn't him. He was Matt Damon as Will Hunting, setting fire to the math proof and snarling, "Do you know how freaking easy this is for me?"
Moss played at the collegiate level for Marshall University after being denied entrance to Notre Dame and being dismissed from Florida State. Moss was an All-American for two years while at Marshall and decided to turn professional after the 1997 season. Expected to be the most probed player at the NFL combine, Moss didn't show up at it.
He then got scouts drooling again with a legendary pro day at Marshall, running a 4.25 40-yard dash, jumping more than 44 inches and catching nearly everything thrown at him.
Still, because of all the red flags around Moss, he dropped all the way down to the 21st pick, where the Vikings were more than happy to grab him and add him to their receiver mix with Cris Carter and Jake Reed.
Moss simply overwhelmed NFL defenders as a rookie, catching 69 balls for 1,313 yards and 17 touchdowns, which led the league. He was named AP NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year in a landslide.
For the first six seasons of his NFL career, Moss was like nothing the NFL had ever seen before at the wide receiver position, a blend of otherworldly speed, jumping ability and an innate sense to know exactly when to go up and get the football at its highest point. He was simply unstoppable and the greatest deep threat in the history of the sport. He caught a touchdown pass of at least 60 yards every year in his first stint with the team.
Moss finished his Vikings career with 587 receptions, 9,316 yards and 92 touchdowns, ranking second all time in each category. Moss averaged .814 touchdowns per game with Minnesota, by far the best number in Vikings history.
Moss was a six-time Pro Bowler and made first-team All-Pro four times. He was voted one of the 50 greatest Vikings in 2010.
Moss could certainly be surly and petulant and his second time around with the Vikings would land him on an all-time worst Vikings list.
But during his first six years in the league, Moss put together a stretch of play that has never been matched in the history of the NFL.