Vikings’ Justin Jefferson on honoring Randy Moss with cleats, then breaking his record
Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Justin Jefferson just concluded a statement rookie campaign. The Vikings’ Week 17 tilt against the Detroit Lions proved to be a monumental occasion for the rookie, as he broke two records on the same day.
Jefferson surpassed former Arizona Cardinals receiver Anquan Boldin’s record of 1,377 yards for the most by a rookie in the Super Bowl era midway through the game against the Lions. He eventually finished the game with 133 receiving yards, accounting for a total of 1,400 yards for his rookie season.
Earlier, Jefferson set the franchise record for most receiving yards by a rookie by exceeding the 1,313 yards by superstar Randy Moss back in 1998. Jefferson then spoke on his emotions after breaking the elusive record previously held by the Vikings icon:
“It’s an honor to break Randy Moss’ record,” Jefferson said, via ESPN’s Courtney Cronin. “Him being a Hall of Famer and him just being so dominant in this league, so to break his record is truly a blessing. It’s truly crazy to be in this position. The cleats, I had to honor him. I had a good chance to break the record today, so I had to put him on the cleats. I gotta get him to sign them so I can put them in my trophy case.”
Jefferson wore special cleats to honor Moss:
Justin Jefferson has been chasing greatness all year.
— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) January 3, 2021
The former LSU standout wasn’t named as a starter in the team’s first two games of the season. Jefferson initially played behind veteran wideout Olabisi Johnson on the Vikings’ depth chart, but the rookie eventually managed to showcase his capabilities on the field and moved up the ranks. Jefferson garnered more action as the season progressed and ultimately finished his campaign with seven total touchdowns scored for the Vikings.
Although the team didn’t get to barge in the playoff picture with a 7-9 record, Justin Jefferson has certainly emerged as a bright spot for the team moving forward.