When the San Francisco 49ers and the Baltimore Ravens play Sunday in Super Bowl XLVII, former Oakland Raiders wide receiver Randy Moss will look to win the first championship in his 14 year career. Moss previously played in the Super Bowl for the undefeated New England Patriots, but the team lost to the New York Giants.
Moss played two seasons for the Raiders after being traded from the Minnesota Vikings for a first round draft pick, linebacker Napoleon Harris, and seventh round picks. His first season in Oakland Moss started 15 games for the Raiders making 60 receptions for 1,005 yards and eight touchdowns. In 2006, Moss was limited to 13 games due to an ankle injury that resulted in missing the final three games, making 42 receptions for 553 yards and just three touchdowns. When Oakland acquired Moss, it was thought to be a boost to an underperforming team, but they only won six games in two seasons with Moss.
The next offseason, the Raiders ended the tumultuous Moss experiment by trading him to the Patriots for a fourth round pick in the 2007 NFL Draft. With the pick the Raiders selected speedy cornerback John Bowie, who was placed on injured reserve twice and never played a snap with the team. Moss went on to have a record breaking season in 2007 with 23 touchdown catches. He caught 98 balls for 1,493 yards giving validation to the arguments that Moss did not give his all while playing in Oakland. However, the Patriots were upset by the Giants in the Super Bowl and Moss did not get his ring.
Now on Sunday, Moss will get his second chance as a member of the 49ers against the Ravens. He has five receptions for 71 yards in two games this postseason. This could be his last run in the NFL after he was out of football for the entire 2011 season before returning to play for San Francisco. During the Super Bowl media blitz, Moss claimed he is the best to ever play in the NFL. A championship would give him some validation.
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