How could this happen? How could anybody allow this to happen?
I first learned it at Viking Update, and the Star Tribune has more information (via Daily Norseman).
I'm filled with horror. Rookie WR Aundrae Allison is wearing #84.
84! The number belonging to man myth legend Randy Moss!
The current ownership and coaching staff don't have any loyalty or feeling for Moss: he was gone before they got there. But that number should eventually be retired. There is no question about that. Moss scored 100 regular and post-season touchdowns for the Vikings in his seven seasons with the team. And here's the important part:
The fans still love him.
There's no feeling of animosity toward Moss among the bulk of Viking die-hards. We loved and defended him when he was with the team, and we don't blame him in any way for his exit from the team. If he somehow came back to the Vikings there would be mass hugs among strangers at the Metrodome. He's a beloved athlete that gave us some incredible memories.
Nobody else should ever again wear #84 for the Purple (unless that person is Randy Moss himself). If you're not convinced by arguments about Moss's place in Viking history, you might be convinced by the argument that there is a lot of baggage associated with that number. Maybe this is an attempt to purge the memory, I don't know. But I don't like it. It's possible that at some point, #84 could be used again, but not by a fifth-round draft pick that hasn't done anything--that's just smearing the number. It's sacrilage. That's not meant to hate on Allison, who I hope is good and is probably a decent fellow, but he's not currently worthy of the number Randy Moss immortalized in Minnesota.
The Vikings need to stop Aundrae Allison before it is too late. If he wears #84 for even one regular season game, Valhalla will quake at such a display of disrespect.
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