CHARLESTON, W.Va. — During the Pro-Football Hall of Fame induction ceremony, Rand-native Randy Moss announced he was coming home.
“I’m bringing this gold jacket back,” he said. “All you West Virginians want to see this gold jacket? Meet me at the Town Center tomorrow at 4:30.”
Moss, who spent 14 seasons in the National Football League, signed autographs and spoke to fans Sunday at the Charleston Town Center mall, his first public appearance since being inducted into the Hall of Fame.
The event started at 4 p.m., but fans started lining up at 8 a.m. to be the first to congratulate Moss.
Travis Hayes, of Glasgow, brought a miniature DuPont High School football helmet for Moss to sign.
“I followed Randy throughout his career from DuPont on,” Hayes said. “I was in elementary school when I saw him play at DuPont. I’ve just always been a huge fan of his.”
Hayes said in his eyes Moss is the best wide receiver to have ever played the game. He added Moss’ charitable off-field activities do not get much attention.
“He used to send people to the games, then he came back and did a lot of signings that were for kids,” he said. “I think that’s why he takes more involvement in the community because he knows how bad it is in certain areas of West Virginia, so they look up to him and see what he’s done.”
Moss said West Virginia made him the person he is today.
“I know a lot of people out there struggling. Really wanted to see a young kid from Rand, West Virginia. Grew up the same way that a lot of kids grew up. Struggling, single-parent, single-family homes,” he said. “But I cannot forget my small unincorporated community of Rand, West Virginia.”