Including Tedy Bruschi and Randy Moss.
In a live video chat with his fans via Ustream , Moss stated, "I wanna play football. Your boy is going to come back here and play some football, so I'm really excited. I had some things I had to adjust in my life. On March 12, , Moss signed a one-year contract with the San Francisco 49ers for undisclosed financial terms after a workout with the team's head coach Jim Harbaugh.
After Alex Smith suffered a concussion against the St. Louis Rams in week 10, Colin Kaepernick took over as the team's quarterback, but Moss had at least two receptions in each of the remaining five games of the regular season. He finished the season with 28 catches for yards and three touchdowns. Since the retirement of Terrell Owens at the end of , he had been the NFL's active leader in receiving yards.
Moss has participated in, founded, and financed many charitable endeavors since joining the NFL, particularly aimed at helping children. Many times when talking about his charity work, he has said he just looks forward to "seeing smiles. The tournament was a one-day event that paired celebrities and corporate sponsors with pro fishermen to raise money for the Smile Network , which is a foundation that provides financial assistance to children with treatable mouth problems, such as cleft palate.
The tournaments motto is "fish for a smile. In , Moss formed the Links for Learning foundation, which was established to help children in his home state of West Virginia, and to build learning centers for the most needy student populations.
On the morning of November 24, , Moss flew home to West Virginia to personally hand out Thanksgiving dinners to families in the Charleston area. He stayed only a few hours before having to head back to Massachusetts for a Patriots practice later in the day. On September 24, , in downtown Minneapolis, Minnesota , Moss was driving and was preparing to make an illegal turn. A traffic control officer, noticing what he was about to do, stood in front of his vehicle and ordered him to stop.
Eyewitness accounts of the event differ at this point, but Moss did not comply with the officer's order, and she was bumped by his vehicle and fell to the ground.
Moss was arrested, and a search of his vehicle revealed a joint amounting to less than a gram of marijuana in his ashtray. Moss claimed that the joint was not his, and that he had let friends use his car prior to the accident. Moss finished the game with 4 catches for 70 yards and two touchdowns in the 31—17 win. After the second score, Moss trotted to the end zone goalpost and feigned pulling down his pants to moon the Green Bay fans.
In April , Moss smoked a joint just prior to turning himself into jail. He was scheduled to finish the remainder of his day sentence for misdemeanor battery while in high school. During his first week in jail, Moss was given a drug test that came back positive. He was placed in solitary confinement for a week and had 60 days attached to his day sentence. Coach Bobby Bowden revoked his scholarship and Moss was dismissed from Florida State University for the failed drug test.
Moss tested positive in for marijuana under the NFL's substance abuse program and was subject to additional random drug screening for two years. Moss did not fail an NFL drug test again, and was rotated out of the program after two years. In August , during an interview with Bryant Gumbel , Moss admitted that he has smoked marijuana during his NFL career "every blue moon. I might have fun. And, you know, hopefully I won't get into any trouble by the NFL by saying that, you know.
I have had fun throughout my years and, you know, predominantly in the offseason. In response, Moss said "That was really me talking in the past tense of way back in the beginning of my career and my childhood — especially in high school and college. On January 15, , Orlando -based radio station WDBO reported that Moss "had" been hit with a temporary injunction for protection against dating violence.
According to the affidavit, Moss committed a battery upon Rachelle Washington,  causing serious injury, and then refused to allow her to seek medical attention. The affidavit out of Broward County reveals Moss cannot come within feet of the victim and cannot use or possess firearms. Moss stated he had known Washington for about eleven years.
He also stated in his defense that he has never assaulted a woman in his entire life, and asked that the media and fans "find out the facts" before "rush[ing] to judgment.
Moss's parents are Maxine Moss and Randy Pratt. Moss has little contact with his father. Moss has four children with his former girlfriend, Libby Offutt: Sydney, Senali, Thaddeus, and Montigo. Albans High School W. Va , and Lincoln R. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. For the sports analyst and reporter, see Randy Moss sports reporter.
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NFL annual receiving touchdowns leaders. Other returnees included GoDaddy. The NFL itself ran an ad following the third quarter's completion, featuring the winner of a fan vote in an online contest.
The idea was to emphasize the personalities of NFL players. Eels attempted to run  a one-second edit  of their seven-second ad  to promote the compilation Useless Trinkets , but were denied by the National Football League.
Lead singer E reported:. In the end we were told that the NFL would have to find 29 other advertisers to buy 1 second spots to fill a standard 30 second advertising slot and that they do not sell advertising time by the second. They also noted that a rapid fire 30 second segment of thirty 1 second commercials could cause people with certain medical conditions to have seizures and that it was against network regulations.
PETA had an ad ready claiming that "Vegetarians have better sex. Reebok made a series of commercials with the only NFL team with a perfect season, the Miami Dolphins. One features the '72 Dolphins players at a cookout and party at their house in "Perfectville" waiting to see what will happen in the game. Enjoy it for one more year. Overall, the game was available to an estimated potential audience of one billion viewers within countries and territories.
The game was also subsequently available on the BBC's on demand service, iPlayer. Sky Sports broadcast the game in both standard and high definition using Fox's feed and announcers.
The camera provided millions of Internet users from around the world a chance to peer in on pre- and post-game activities, watching thousands of spectators file into and out of the stadium on Sunday, February 3. On radio, Westwood One had the national broadcast rights to the game in the United States and Canada; Marv Albert and Boomer Esiason served as the announcing team for that network.
Sirius Satellite Radio carried twelve feeds in eight languages in the United States. The following language feeds were offered:. The New York Giants: It was a 5 disc set that featured the full broadcasts of the last game of the regular season and all four playoff games.
On August 16, both the NFL and Fox confirmed that Idol host Seacrest would serve as emcee for the pre-game show, with Alicia Keys as the primary performer; as she sang a medley of her songs, including Navy precision flying team, the Blue Angels. As is always the case, several big names were mentioned as possible performers for the halftime show before a final choice Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers was announced.
The halftime entertainer selection process in late was not unusual: According to the entertainment publication Variety , a wish list of potential halftime performers was developed by the NFL. According to Rolling Stone , the engagement was actually offered to the Eagles by the NFL, but the offer was turned down. Then, on December 2, , it was officially announced that the halftime entertainment would be provided by Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers.
Bridgestone served as the halftime show sponsor. After the game, New York City erupted in celebration, with the sounds of cheers and honking horns echoing through city streets. Crowds of elated New Yorkers, surprised by their team's unexpected victory, packed Second Avenue in Manhattan , stalling traffic around Manhattan. New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg , witnessing the first New York sports team championship victory as mayor, praised the hometown team's upset victory, saying; "New York has come back many times in the past, and Big Blue proved tonight that you should never, ever, count us out.
Following the parade, the Giants held two victory rallies: After scoring a combined 73 points in their regular season meeting, the teams scored a mere 10 points by the end of the third quarter, with the Patriots leading 7—3. The Patriots' record-setting offense gave up five sacks and one lost fumble, while the Giants' offense managed only five first downs in the second and third quarters. Yet in the fourth quarter, quarterback Eli Manning threw two touchdown passes, including the winning drive that culminated with a yard touchdown pass to Plaxico Burress with 35 seconds remaining.
After calling tails to win the coin toss , the Giants started the game with the longest drive in Super Bowl history,  a play, yard march that consumed 9 minutes, 59 seconds and featured four third-down conversions, the most ever on a Super Bowl opening drive. But New England halted the drive at their own yard line, forcing the Giants to settle for a yard field goal from Lawrence Tynes that gave New York a 3—0 lead.
New England then responded with its own scoring drive, as Laurence Maroney returned the kickoff 43 yards to the Patriots' yard line, after which he rushed twice for 15 yards. Quarterback Tom Brady then completed three passes for 23 yards, but after two incomplete passes, New England was faced with 3rd-and on the Giants' yard line. However, on that play, New York linebacker Antonio Pierce committed pass interference by striking the helmet of tight end Benjamin Watson in the end zone, giving New England 1st-and-goal at the 1.
This set up a Maroney 1-yard touchdown run two plays later, the first play of the second quarter, for a 7—3 lead. The two teams each only had one drive in the entire opening quarter, a Super Bowl record. On the Giants first drive of the second quarter, on 3rd-and-7, wide receiver Amani Toomer caught in a deep pass from Manning along the left sideline while dragging his feet in-bounds for a yard gain, moving the ball to the Patriots' yard line.
But three plays later, Manning threw a pass that bounced out of the arms of rookie receiver Steve Smith and into the hands of cornerback Ellis Hobbs for an interception.
The Patriots' ensuing drive resulted in a three-and-out as on 3rd-and-1 James Butler and Michael Strahan tackled Maroney for a two-yard loss and New England was forced to punt. Then on the Giants' next drive, rookie running back Ahmad Bradshaw fumbled a hand-off from Manning and it looked as though Patriots' linebacker Pierre Woods had recovered the ball at the Giants' But after the officials picked through the pile, it was determined that Bradshaw had made the recovery.
The Giants maintained possession and wound up punting. New England's next drive ended with consecutive Giants' sacks, the first by linebacker Kawika Mitchell , the second by end Justin Tuck. Smith recovered the ball; however, Bradshaw was penalized for illegally batting the ball forward before the recovery. The penalty pushed the Giants out of field goal range, and following an incompletion, they were forced to punt. But with 22 seconds left before halftime, Brady fumbled while being sacked by Tuck and defensive end Osi Umenyiora recovered the ball.
The game then went to halftime with the Patriots leading 7—3. On the first drive of the second half, New England had a 4th-and-2 and chose to punt. However, after the play had been run, Patriots' head coach Bill Belichick challenged that New York had too many players on the field and replay confirmed that was the case as Giants linebacker Chase Blackburn was unable to get to the sidelines as the ball was being snapped.
Therefore, referee Mike Carey reversed the play, and the Giants were penalized 5 yards for having too many players on the field, giving the Patriots a first down. The Patriots then drove to the Giants' 25, but Strahan sacked Brady for a 6-yard loss on third down. Then on 4th-and, with the ball on the Giants' 31, Belichick decided against a long field goal attempt by Stephen Gostkowski which would have been a yard attempt, near Gostkowski's season long of 50 yards and tried to pick up a first down instead.
Brady's pass to Jabar Gaffney was incomplete as it went out of the back of the end zone and the Giants took over on downs. On the Giants' first drive of the fourth quarter, Manning completed a yard pass to rookie tight end Kevin Boss.
Following three runs by Bradshaw and a yard reception by Smith on third down, Manning finished the 7-play, yard drive with a 5-yard touchdown pass to usually unheralded Wide Receiver David Tyree , giving New York a 10—7 lead with After consecutive three-and-outs by the Patriots and Giants, New England got the ball at its own 20 with 7: Brady then completed a 5-yard pass to Wes Welker and a yard pass to Moss, followed by a 9-yard run by Maroney to give the Patriots a first down at their own Brady followed with a yard pass to Welker, a four-yard completion to Kevin Faulk , and then a yard pass to Welker for a first down at the Giants' After that, Brady found Moss for an yard completion and Faulk for a yard completion and New England now had 1st-and-goal from the Giants' 6.
Following two incomplete passes, New York cornerback Corey Webster slipped while backing into coverage, leaving Moss wide open in the end zone where Brady found him for a touchdown to give New England a 14—10 lead with 2: On the ensuing kickoff, Raymond Ventrone leveled Domenik Hixon after a yard return, giving New York the ball on their own 17 with 2: Following two receptions by Toomer for 20 yards, Brandon Jacobs kept the drive going with a crucial run off guard on 4th-and On the next play, 3rd-and-5 from the New York yard line, Manning found himself in trouble as the Patriots' pass rush got to him quickly after the snap.
He eluded Adalius Thomas , who missed Manning despite having the clearest shot at him, and then broke free from the grasp of Jarvis Green and Richard Seymour , both of whom had the QB by the jersey but failed to hold him in the grasp.
In what is considered to be among the greatest Super Bowl plays of all time, Manning then re-oriented himself and launched the ball deep down the middle of the field, where both Tyree and Patriots Safety Rodney Harrison were in position to make a play the on the ball.
Tyree outjumped multiple-time Pro Bowler Harrison to secure the ball, and maintained possession by pinning the ball against his helmet as he fell to the ground, clearly maintaining control for a gain of 32 yards and keeping the drive alive.
Three plays later, on 3rd-and, Manning found a wide-open Smith for a yard gain to the New England 13, who stepped out of bounds to stop the clock. The score capped a play, yard drive to take the lead and prompted a roar from the fans in Glendale, then a mere 35 seconds from potentially witnessing the first perfect season.
New England began its final possession on its own 26 with 29 seconds remaining and three timeouts. After the incompletion, it appeared that the officials would run out the clock, as it briefly read zero, before one second was re-added. Belichick hugged Giants' head coach Tom Coughlin at midfield, then left for the locker room. This early departure was later criticized by some sportswriters, but other reporters defended Belichick by noting that he did not snub Coughlin which would have been surprising anyway because the two coaches were friends from their days working together for Bill Parcells and that the outcome of the game had been decided.
Manning completed 19 of his 34 passes for yards, including a mark of 9-of for yards and two touchdowns in the fourth quarter, with one interception, to be named the game's Most Valuable Player. Manning also became the first quarterback to throw two go-ahead touchdowns in the fourth quarter of a Super Bowl.
Toomer was the Giants' leading receiver, with 6 catches for 84 yards, and Bradshaw and Jacobs rushed for 45 and 42 yards, respectively. Burress had only 2 receptions for 27 yards, but one of those was the game-winning touchdown with 35 seconds left.
The Patriots' offense recorded total yards to the Giants' While he never scored, Welker tied a Super Bowl record with 11 receptions for yards. Moss had five catches for 62 yards and a touchdown, and Maroney rushed for 36 yards and a TD. Brady completed 29 of his 48 passes for yards and a touchdown.
Brady's 29 completions gave him a career total of in his four Super Bowls, surpassing the previous record for Super Bowl completions that was held by Joe Montana at Justin Tuck and Adalius Thomas were the top defensive performers for the Giants and Patriots, respectively, as each recorded five solo tackles, two sacks, and one forced fumble.
With this game, the Giants set a record with 11 consecutive victories away from home in a single season. The Giants' matchup in Week 8 vs. Patriots receiver Wes Welker tied the record for most catches in a Super Bowl, with With his fourth quarter touchdown pass to Moss, Brady became just the fourth quarterback with a touchdown pass in four different Super Bowls, joining Roger Staubach , Joe Montana and Terry Bradshaw.
The Giants opening drive consumed 9 minutes and 59 seconds, making it the longest drive in Super Bowl history. Due to the length of the Giants' opening drive which itself contained a record 4 third-down conversions , the first quarter featured only two possessions, a record for an opening quarter.
The three lead changes in the fourth quarter were also a Super Bowl record. Mike Carey was chosen to be the head referee for this game, marking the first time that an African American has been chosen to be the head official in a Super Bowl. The full officiating crew was: Many old-time New Englanders, in fact, grew up rooting for the Giants before Boston got its AFL franchise in , and are more accustomed to rooting against the Jets. Before the game, Patriots fans said they wanted to continue the trademark "Yankees Suck!
The post-game celebrations even played out the rivalry, but to a lesser extent. Giants fans called it revenge for the Red Sox coming back from 3—0 down to beat the Yankees in the American League Championship Series , en route to ending the Curse of the Bambino. After the game Giants fans chanted "18 and 1! If necessary, trigger nested updates in componentDidUpdate. Target container is not a DOM element.
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