Less than a decade ago, Randy Moss was positioned to lead the Minnesota Vikings into the new millennium. He has the talent, the skill, and even the team to make the Vikings perennial contenders.
But somewhere along the line, something went wrong.
He was traded to the Oakland Raiders for a first round pick where he floundered in Oakland's sophomoric offense. Finally, he was traded to the New England Patriots, and, well, the rest is history, as they say.
Here are some classic Randy Moss Vikings moments.
Almost any of Moss's 1998 season could be on this list, but his dismantling of the Cowboys in Week 12 was special.
Moss caught only three balls all day, but averaged more than 50 yards per catch. Each of those three receptions went for touchdowns.
Chronically inept coach Mike Tice came up with the "Randy Ratio" in his first season coach, 2002.
In it, he noted that he would attempt to throw the ball to Moss at least 40 percent of the time. Whether this was Moss or noted football scholar Tice's idea isn't clear. What is, however, is that telling opponents your gameplan, no matter how obvious it may seem, is a bad idea.
So technically this isn't didn't happen with the Vikings. But this proved simply how dominant Moss could be against the league's best.
In the Pro Bowl, Moss caught nine passes for 212 yards, a record even today.
What self-respecting Vikings fan hasn't wanted to moon a stadium full of Green Bay Packer fans?
The only problem is that Moss's faux moon occurred in the middle of a playoff game at packed Lambeau Field. In the 2004 postseason, Moss caught a touchdown pass and then proceeded to pretend to moon the Packer fans at that end of the end zone.
Professional? Certainly not.
There's almost no explanation necessary here.
In 2003, before the end of a game, Moss left the field of play, stating that he didn't think the Vikings would be able to get the ball back.
Finally, in 2005, the Vikings ownership was tired of Moss's antics. Having come to no reasonable solutions for Moss's problems, the Vikings shipped him to the hapless Oakland Raiders for a first-round pick and Napoleon Harris.
The pick would turn into stalwart Troy Williamson. Moss later admitted that he had been fired from the Vikings.