Rand University

randy-mossThe 30 for 30 tonight dug into the life of Randy Moss.  Wow is the #1 word to describe his abilities.  Randy was 6-5, 200+ in high school and was the definition of dominant.  He played baseball, track, basketball, and football and owned in each.  As like most 30 for 30’s, the athlete’s story was educational and inspiring.

Randy grew up in a small town called Rand in West Virginia.  He was in the 2% of blacks in a school of racial tension.  He fathered a child in high school and got in fights that led to disciplinary action.  He would have gone to Notre Dame or FSU if it wasn’t for legal issues.  He blossomed at Marshall and then went to the pro’s to have a hall of fame career.

Having a teacher during your youth is crucial to developing the skills to succeed.  There was a figure in the community named Sam Singleton who coached all the sports the kids in Rand played.  All of the sports.  His life was teaching the youth how to play sports and helping them grow as people.  It reminded me how lucky I was when I played sports to have parents who would dedicate their life to a child’s success.  I’m not sure there is a greater gift you can give as a parent.

Sam Singleton’s son was the best scene of the entire Randy Moss 30 for 30. He was Randy’s best friend and his life took another path.  The clip below shows a man who missed his opportunity and how there are far more of these stories than stories like Randy.

[dropcap background=”yes” color=”#333333″]”My mistake lasted forever”[/dropcap]

 


If you get the chance you should watch the 30 for 30 because Randy is unreal.  You feel bad for him at times but you know he has to take responsiblity for his actions.  He was an immense talent and it was great to see it work out for him.  I liked his reaction when Dennis Green picked him with the 21st pick and how happy he was and how hard he would try to show Dennis how good of a pick it was.  Great stuff.