Jeff Christy: 'On Every Play'

Posted Sep 5, 2017

There’s simply no way for an NFL team to score on every offensive play.

But Randy Moss thought the 1998 Vikings were capable of doing so.

There’s a funny clip that Moss referenced during his June visit to Winter Park when his Vikings Ring of Honor induction was announced. In one of the games in 1998, Moss recalled that former Vikings center Jeff Christy was overheard telling teammates that Moss thought Minnesota could score on every play.

Christy recounted the memory earlier this year and said that the Vikings had an attacking mindset 20 seasons ago.

“We felt that we never were going to lose,” Christy said. “We did obviously lose one game [against Tampa Bay] but when I remember back to that game, I don’t think we lost, we just kind of ran out of time.

“We felt comfortable that we could score,” Christy added. “But it didn’t work out that way, and we did not win the Super Bowl.”

Minnesota’s offense racked up 556 total points during the 15-1 campaign, scoring 55 more points than any team in the NFL.

The Vikings had seven Pro Bowlers on offense in 1998, including Christy, who  made the Pro Bowl again in 1999.

Christy said the Vikings offensive line took satisfaction in blocking for a 4,000-yard passer (Randall Cunningham), a pair of 1,000-yard wide receivers (Cris Carter and Moss) and a 1,000-yard running back (Robert Smith).

“Absolutely, there was a lot of pride in it. We know everything starts up front,” Christy said.
“We know we don’t get the glory, but that just goes with the territory.

“We’re the only position on the field that has to have five people who have to move as one. It’s a unique position because you have to know what the guy beside you is doing,” Christy added. “I think we take a lot of pride in durability and knowing what each other is doing. We’re like the big brother on the field protecting our little brother.”

And, Christy said, it was a lot of fun to watch Moss terrorize opposing offenses.

“All he had to do was catch the ball, and he was able to run around people, jump over people,” Christy said. “He was really a phenomenal athlete.”

One who thought the 1998 Vikings couldn’t be stopped.

“Realistically, that was my mindset. I thought we could score every single play,” Moss told in June. “For me to see our center jokingly saying, ‘Man, this young kid thinks we can score on every play.’ … No, Jeff Christy, I thought back in 1998 that we really could score on every play. I wasn’t jiving you.”