Two of the best to ever put on a Minnesota uniform were enshrined as hall of famers on Saturday night: Randy Moss in the Pro Football Hall of Fame and Johan Santana in the Minnesota Twins Hall of Fame.
Moss, the most electrifying wide receiver in NFL history, was inducted in Canton, Ohio, where he thanked the "true" Vikings fans and gave a special shoutout to his former coaches, Dennis Green and Bill Belichick.
"I want to thank all the true Minnesota Vikings fans for being able to stick with me through thick and thin, ups and downs, bumpy roads – this is for us," said Moss, whose speech lasted 17 minutes and focused primarily on the support he received from his family, who he credited for helping him rise to stardom out of the unincorporated town of Rand, West Virginia.
Moss played 14 years in the NFL and totaled 982 receptions for 15,292 yards and 156 touchdowns. He caught 90 touchdowns with the Vikings and 50 more in New England, including an NFL record 23 in 2007 – his first season under Belichick.
"I want to thank you for being a friend when it wasn't always about football," Moss said to Belichick, who was in attendance. "You showed me how much I loved the game. You challenged me every day to go out here and be great. You challenged me to be great. And I'm sorry we did not bring it home."
Moss also predicted that a Super Bowl is coming soon for Minnesota, although he didn't go as far as to say it'll be this coming season.
Santana joins the Twins Hall of Fame
Picked in the Rule 5 Draft in 2000, Santana turned himself into a dominating left-hander for eight seasons with the Twins. He won Cy Young awards in 2004 and 2006, the latter year winning pitching's triple crown by leading the league in wins, ERA and strikeouts.
"Coming back, being here again, seeing my old friends – being inducted into the Hall of Fame is something I never would have thought about back then," Santana said, via TwinsBaseball.com. "Now it happened and I was like, 'Wow.' Hard work pays off. That's basically what it is. I'm very excited, looking forward to enjoy this time and see my friends, and just hang out and enjoy this."
Santana was joined by his former teammates, including fan favorites like Torii Hunter, Luis Rivas, Christian Guzman, Michael Cuddyer and Brad Radke, among others.
Santana finished up by officially announcing his retirement by catching the ceremonial first pitch of the game from his son.