Randy Moss and truck racing: Why not?
Randy Moss and the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series. You've probably never seen those words collected in the same sentence. And while I can't tell you a lot about racing trucks -- in fact, I'm just now finding out it's an option -- I can tell you unequivocally that I'm not surprised Moss is forming a team to join the circuit. Anything is possible with him.
It's not that I saw Moss drag-racing all over town while covering him for six years in Minnesota. No, the one thing I learned about Moss is that he guards his personal life closer than any athlete I've covered. For all we know, Moss is a closet truck-racing superfan.
During his time with the Vikings, at least, Moss let very few people inside his circle. He was rarely seen in public. Not many people knew where he lived or heard him speak about anything outside of a football context. Was he married? How many children did he have? What did he think about the weather? Few people could say for sure.
Those close to Moss theorized that his well-chronicled troubles as a West Virginia high school star left him craving insulation from the public. The 2001 death of Vikings offensive lineman Korey Stringer, one of Moss' closest friends, also affected him deeply.
To be fair, Moss is a contrarian by nature and enjoys deflecting questions about himself.
Consider one afternoon after a Vikings practice several years ago. It was a beautiful afternoon, and Moss returned to the field with two dogs. The dogs were striking and unusual-looking, and eventually a reporter asked Moss what breed they were.
"They're Nunyas," Moss said.
"Nunyas?" the reporter asked.
"That's right," Moss said. "Nun-ya business."