Randy Moss Goes With Statement Tie at HOF Induction

'I just wanted these family members to know they're not alone'
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 6, 2018 12:41 AM CDT
Randy Moss Uses Tie to Make Statement at Hall of Fame Induction
Former NFL player Randy Moss gives a speech during an induction ceremony at the Pro Football Hall of Fame, Saturday, Aug. 4, 2018, in Canton, Ohio.   (AP Photo/Ron Schwane)

Randy Moss spoke for 17 minutes at his NFL Hall of Fame induction ceremony Saturday night—but his tie had even more to say. The wide receiver wore a tie with the names of a dozen black men and women who were killed by police, died in custody, or, in the case of Trayvon Martin, were killed by a neighborhood watch volunteer. The other names in gold lettering on the tie were Greg Gunn, Tamir Rice, Akai Gurley, Paul O'Neal, Eric Garner, Freddie Gray, Walter Scott, Sandra Bland, Akiel Denkins, Alton Sterling, and Michael Brown, Mashable reports.

Moss didn't mention the tie during his induction speech, but he explained it during an NFL Network interview afterward. "What I wanted to express with my tie was to let these families know they're not alone. I'm not here voicing, but by having these names on my tie, in a big platform like the Pro Football Hall of Fame," he said, per USA Today. "There's a lot of stuff going on in our country and I just wanted these family members to know they're not alone." Fellow inductee Ray Lewis spoke about leadership and faith during his rousing 33-minute speech, CBS reports. "We need people willing to fight for what is good and what is right," the linebacker said. (Read more Randy Moss stories.)

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