The former Minnesota Vikings All-Pro wide receiver has been spending some time this summer working out with Green Bay Packers receiver Marquez Valdes-Scantling.
Before the Minnesota Vikings drafted him in 1998, the NFL had never really seen a player like Randy Moss. He was truly a game-changer during the majority of his time in a Vikings uniform.
It’s been almost seven years since Moss last appeared in an NFL contest, but he’s still finding ways to make an impact on the league.
This year, he’s been attempting to pass along the knowledge he gained from his time in the NFL to a young receiver who currently plays for the Green Bay Packers. Packers pass-catcher Marquez Valdes-Scantling recently spoke to NFL Network and he revealed that he has been training with Moss this summer.
“We train Monday through Thursdays. He’s just teaching me the game. He’s a Hall of Famer and you can’t ask for a better mentor to go out and teach you how to be a great wide receiver.”
It’s definitely very kind of Moss to lend some of his knowledge and techniques to Valdes-Scantling. But did he really have to help a guy who puts on a Green Bay uniform for a living?
In the NFC North, the Packers are Minnesota’s biggest divisional rival. Their battles are typically intense and neither franchise’s fan base is very fond of the other.
During his career, Moss actually gained more receiving yards (1,320) and caught more touchdowns (14) against Green Bay than any other team he faced. In fact, it was inside Lambeau Field in 1998 where most of the league first realized just how freakish of player he actually was.
Clearly, the former Vikings receiving great doesn’t look at Valdes-Scantling from the viewpoint of him playing for a former rival. Moss just sees him as a young player who has the potential to develop into a productive receiver.
Unfortunately, the fact that Valdes-Scantling plays for the Packers is something that some Minnesota fans probably won’t be able to look past when they find out what one of their team’s best players of all-time has been doing this summer.