New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady showed regrets in failing to recognize opportunities for recent Hall of Fame inductee Randy Moss’ touchdowns.
Moss has notably accumulated a record (that still stands) 23 receiving touchdowns in 2007, his first season in New England. However, Brady demonstrates his belief that Moss’ scores could’ve been even higher.
In a message posted Saturday to Instagram by NFL Network, Brady congratulated Moss on his enshrinement into the Pro Football Hall of Fame’s class of 2018, while sharing one particular disappointment.
“I want to say congratulations to a great friend and teammate, Randy Moss,” Brady said. “Congrats on the Hall of Fame. Just an incredible player, teammate and a friend, and there are so many great stories.
“I always used to look at Randy after a play when he wouldn’t get the ball when I threw to someone else, and I’d say, ‘Randy, were you open? Did you get him?’ And Randy would look at me — because a lot of time he’d have deep routes — he’d look at me and go (raising hands to mimic touchdown signal). Meaning if I threw it, it’d be a touchdown. So I regret all those times I didn’t throw it to you deep, Randy. I love you, man, and congratulations.”
Despite the missed opportunities, Moss and Brady had a prolific connection.
Brady aided Moss in breaking the NFL record for receiving scores in a season. In Moss’ four seasons in New England, he collected 259 catches for 3,904 yards and 50 touchdowns.
Moss, who played 16 seasons in his career with other stops at the Vikings, Raiders, Titans, and 49ers, ranks fourth all-time in receiving yards with 15,292 and second in touchdowns with 156.