Randy Moss has not played a snap with the Patriots since the 2010 season when his selfishness drove him out of New England. He was traded out of Foxboro with one of the best seasons by a receiver in NFL history grabbing 23 touchdowns in the Patriots near perfect 2007 campaign. His final stat line for the Pats reads 259 receptions for 3,904 yards and 50 touchdowns.
Moss bounced around to the Vikings, Titans, and Niners before calling it a career in 2012. As Randy Moss did through much of his career, he put Randy Moss first over the team.
However, there was one person that Moss put far above himself. Her name is Kassi Speir, a young woman who is battling leukemia and Moss promised that he would attend her graduation (after striking up a friendship when he met Kassi as a toddler in 1998). And selfishness of Randy Moss was no where to be found:
The Big Lead:
Since then, Kassi’s life has been filled with turmoil. Spier was diagnosed with leukemia in 2000, she lost her father to a car accident in 2004 and was diagnosed with a brain tumor in 2013. Moss’ relationship with Spier never faltered — Spier told The Pioneer Press that Moss visited her at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., after her leukemia diagnosis, and he “had a hard time saying goodbye during that visit … he cried because he didn’t want to leave.”
Manouk alludes to a 2004 ESPN The Magazine story which describes how Moss always had a picture of her in his locker — and during the 2003 season, Spier accompanied Moss to lunch almost every single day during Vikings training camp with “her tiny hand tucked inside his”, per an Associated Press story.
These are the great HUMAN stories about the private sides of professional athletes that you never knew.
Where one of the most selfish football players showed his undying love and support for a young woman that needed a friend in the worst of ways.
Bravo Randy, Bravo.