While it’s too early to know if Washington Football Team’s Antonio Gibson will have as illustrious a career as Randy Moss, they will forever be attached now following Gibson’s record-tying performance Thursday afternoon against the Dallas Cowboys.
Gibson made history as the first player since Moss to score three touchdowns on Thanksgiving as a rookie.
Antonio Gibson is the first rookie to score 3 TDs in a game on Thanksgiving since Randy Moss in 1998 🤯 @brgridiron pic.twitter.com/t80p6WIkZQ
— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) November 27, 2020
Moss accomplished the feat in 1998 as a part of the Minnesota Vikings when they faced off against the Cowboys and beat Dallas 46-36 on November 26th. Moss’ three touchdowns were his only receptions of the game, accumulating 163 yards. Moss would go on to win the Rookie of the Year award that season. Overall Moss accumulated 1,313 receiving yards and 17 touchdowns that season.
Gibson, on the flipside, accumulated his three touchdowns through 20 carries and 115 rushing yards. Overall he has 530 rushing yards and eight touchdowns. He also has 212 receiving yards. While he has certainly had a great rookie campaign thus far, he has stiff competition for the Rookie of the Year award.
Prior to his injury many believed Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow was the favorite to win the award. Others in the hunt include Kansas City Chiefs running back Clyde Edwards-Helaire and a wide receiver Gibson faced off against today, CeeDee Lamb.
Even if Gibson doesn’t rise to the level that Randy Moss enjoyed throughout his career, he will forever be linked to the Hall of Famer through their success on Thanksgiving in their rookie seasons. That is something the rookie can forever be proud of, no matter where his career goes from here.