Randy Moss and his inspiring halftime speech

Moss kickstarted Percy Harvin’s 95-yard TD return to open the second half

Randy Moss may have only had five catches for 55 yards in the Vikings victory on Sunday, but according to Brett Favre, it was Moss who may have turned the tide, jumpstarted the Vikings to give them the much needed momentum to start the 2nd half.

“He gave a great, I don’t know if you would call it a speech, to the team,” Brett Favre said of Moss’ halftime address. “Most people don’t think of Randy that way.”

“It was matter-of-fact and what we needed to hear. It wasn’t anything scientific. It was a couple of choice words that I’d rather not use, but I thought the guys responded well.”

Favre even went so far as to suggest that Percy Harvin’s 95 yard kick return at the beginning of the second half may be directly attributable to Moss’ words.

“I would like to think the kickoff return is because of that speech, and maybe it was,” Favre said.

Coach Brad Childress said Moss gave a speech with hopes of “bringing your own energy coming out of the locker room.”

“Randy was just saying, ‘Either we just stay on the field longer, or we just score in that short amount of time,’” Favre said. “Everyone has to take ownership of it, and once again it’s no secret to those things, but coach can come in and say those things over and over again and sometimes it’s in one ear and out the other. That’s just cause you hear it from that guy all the time.

“And if you hear it from a guy like Randy, you kind of see guys’ reactions like, ‘Yeah, you’re right.’” 

Moss has been accused of a lot of things and called a lot of names over the years, but “team leader” might be a first as of Sunday.


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