The Pro Football Hall of Fame Selection Committee of 48 members will meet Saturday in Bloomington to decide the 2018 Class for the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
Legendary Vikings receiver Randy Moss and guard Steve Hutchinson are among the finalists this year.
Mark Craig of the *Star Tribune *caught up with Moss via a conference call to ask about his mindset.
"It's kind of like you're going into court and being in front of the jury," Moss said Thursday. "Your fate is in their hands. I don't have no control over it. I don't have a vote. What I will do is being around close family and just wait it out."
Moss said he has spent this season concentrating on his role as an ESPN analyst, not thinking about whether he will make the Hall of Fame five years after a 14-year career spent with the Vikings (1998-2004, 2010), Raiders (2005-06), Patriots (2007-10), Titans (2010) and 49ers (2012).
"I didn't really play the game for the Hall of Fame," he said. "I just played for the love of the game."
Moss ranks second in NFL history with 156 receiving touchdowns, fourth with 15,292 yards and 15th with 982 receptions. Moss led the NFL in receiving touchdowns in five seasons.
Craig noted that Steve Largent (1995) and Jerry Rice (2010) are the only receivers to get a first-ballot nod since 1984.
"I guess your final overall accomplishment for being in the National Football League is the gold jacket," Moss said. "So I think some nervousness will set it. But at the same time, I think I will be patiently waiting."
Moe Williams to be honored in another Hall of Fame
Former Vikings running back Moe Williams, a native of Columbus, Georgia, will be inducted into the Chattahoochee Valley Sports Hall of Fame on Saturday.
Jordan D. Hill of the *Ledger-Enquirer *featured Williams.
"It's an extreme honor, the fact that the area's had so many talented players that have actually been introduced to the big Hall of Fame," Williams said. "To be along the lines of those is a huge, huge honor for me."
Williams first made a name for himself at Spencer High School, where he ran wild on the gridiron every Friday night. He rushed for 1,973 yards and 17 touchdowns as a senior, which led to an All-American recognition as well as being named the Georgia Player of the Year.
A Super Bowl Homecoming
Eagles defensive tackle Beau Allen, who played for Minnetonka High School, has enjoyed getting to prepare for Super Bowl LII near his hometown.
NFL Media's Daniel Greco noted that Allen's mom, Susie, has gone above and beyond in welcoming her son back to Minnesota.
Allen's mother is the definition of "Minnesota nice," doing her son's laundry while he is home for the Super Bowl — if only we could all be so lucky.
However, Beau didn't just stop by to have his mom do his laundry, but to see his dog and check out Detello's Pizza where he worked in high school.
His parents are ecstatic about what Beau has been able to achieve in the NFL.
"We are super proud of his accomplishment and you are always happy when someone achieves their dream," said Susie Allen.