Hall of Fame wide receiver Randy Moss was a guest on ESPN’s “ManningCast” on Monday night during the New Orleans Saints vs Tampa Bay Buccaneers game and he revealed the reason why he didn’t sign with the Tennessee Vols.
Moss went on an official visit to Tennessee when he was a recruit and he was told that Peyton Manning badly wanted him in Knoxville.
Manning, however, wasn’t on campus at the time. He was driving back from Virginia in order to visit with Moss. Manning had been in Virginia visiting his girlfriend who is now his wife.
During the Manningcast, Moss suggested that the reason he didn’t sign with Tennessee was because Manning was late getting back to Knoxville.
“When I went to Tennessee, all I heard was Peyton Manning’s in Virginia at a family member’s house, he’s trying to drive back here just to recruit you,” said Moss during the broadcast. “And I was like ‘if he’s driving here to recruit me, why isn’t he here right now to get me’. So it was kind of like Peyton being late, he wasn’t punctual. So that was the reason I didn’t become a Volunteer.”
Moss originally signed with Notre Dame out of high school, but he had his offer rescinded after his involvement in a fight at his school. The West Virginia native then signed with Florida State where he sat out a season (due to transfer rules) and was eventually dismissed from the program for failing a drug test. Moss then landed at Marshall where he became a college football star.
Maybe if Peyton had been on time, things would’ve played out differently for Moss. Though it’s not like things went too rough for him — Moss was the No. 21 overall selection in the 1998 NFL Draft.
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