It seems that there are two types of people in this world. There are Dallas Cowboys fans who lovingly call the franchise America’s Team. And then, there’s everyone else who absolutely hates the Cowboys. Legendary wide receiver Randy Moss is in the second camp. To be fair, the dislike for the franchise is understandable. In 1998, Jerry Jones decided to draft defensive end Greg Ellis with the eighth overall pick in the draft over Moss after the receiver expressed a desire to play with Dallas.
Ellis was a Pro Bowl DE, but he certainly didn’t have the legendary career that Moss had. During his time in the NFL and since retiring, the Hall of Famer has admitted that he still carries a grudge against the Cowboys for passing on him. At least he’s honest about it? In October of 2010, this is what Moss told ESPN’s Calvin Watkins before one of his final games against Dallas:
"“Am I still mad at the Cowboys? Man, I always carry a certain chip on my shoulder for the Cowboys. Not as much [now], but I’m still ready to play some football. In a certain sense, yes, but you let bygones be bygones. But at the same time, I’ve still got that chip. It’s a little added motivation. I don’t really try to go out there and disrespect the Dallas Cowboys organization or say anything negative about Jerry Jones and what he’s accomplished there. But I think as far as playing within the white lines, within the rules, I still take it to heart.”"
When a highlight video of Moss’s career was posted on the NFL Throwback Twitter account on Wednesday, the former wideout retweeted the video and expressed a sentiment that confirmed the chip is still on his shoulder 12 years later.
Randy Moss trolls Cowboys by saying his favorite plays from his career are the ones he made against Dallas
This video is over three minutes long with several incredible, jaw-dropping plays against lots of teams. The reel shows impressive catches and touchdowns against Tampa Bay, Green Bay, Detroit, New York, and San Francisco. Yet, Moss claims the ones he loves most are the ones where he “Moss’s” the Cowboys.
The highlights against America’s Team include Moss outplaying Emmitt Smith’s coverage to score a touchdown, Moss completely breaking free from a tackle to score his third touchdown on his third catch of that game, Moss evading double team coverage to make a reaching touchdown grab, and a Moss with a toe drag catch against tight coverage from Phillippi Sparks. The plays are incredibly impressive and must’ve made Jones’s heart hurt just a bit when he watched them live.
Sometimes having a chip on your shoulder makes you play your best. It certainly seemed to work for this Hall of Famer who you can add to the Cowboys hater list. After the franchise passed on his talents, the six-time Pro Bowler went 7-0 in his career against Dallas.