The Minnesota Vikings have only had only three wide receivers in franchise history to make the Pro Bowl in each of their first two NFL seasons. Justin Jefferson became that third member on Monday by joining former Vikings greats, Sammy White and Randy Moss. It was only fitting, then, that it would be Moss who delivered the news that Jefferson had made the Pro Bowl and it was made even more special when Jefferson paid tribute to Moss by wearing Randy’s Pro Bowl jersey during Monday night’s pregame warmups before the Vikings took on the Chicago Bears.
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Through 15 weeks, Jefferson ranks second in the NFL with 1,288 receiving yards on 85 catches. He also has eight touchdowns and averages over 15 yards per catch. He is certainly making his own name for himself while honoring the greats of the past. Speaking to Vikings.com earlier in the year, he had this to say:
“I’m not trying to be like anyone else. I have my own style, my own swagger, I definitely look up to greats like him, greats like Carter. But I don’t try to imitate them. I try to be the best player I can be. [Moss] had so many different stats and achievements that he accomplished in his career. He has a Gold Jacket, and I definitely want that,” Jefferson added. “But I just have to keep playing my own game. I think I’m doing pretty good so far.” – Justin Jefferson
He is 100 percent right about that last part, as he is not only one of the best young receivers in the NFL but one of the best receivers overall. Jefferson wasted no time proving himself once he switched over from Moss’ jersey to his own for the game on Monday night, scoring a touchdown on Minnesota’s first drive to put the Vikings up 7-0.