Randy Moss had 14 incredible seasons with the Minnesota Vikings and New England Patriots, the latter with whom he set a record for most touchdown receptions in a season (23) in 2007. His incredible stats earned him a spot in the Pro Football Hall of Fame. This past weekend in Canton, Ohio, Moss used his platform at the Pro Football Hall of Fame ceremonies to wear a tie listing the names of black men and women and children who were either killed by police or died under suspicious circumstances while in police custody.
Moss’ tie had the names of 12 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. Moss’ black tie with gold lettering also included Greg Gunn, Tamir Rice, Akai Gurley, Paul O’Neal, Eric Garner, Freddie Gray, Walter Scott, Sandra Bland, Akiel Denkins, Alton Sterling, and Michael Brown.
Moss didn’t talk about his tie during his 17-minute Hall of Fame induction speech, but he spoke about it with his colleagues at the NFL Network broadcast desk afterward.
“What I wanted to be able to express with my ties is to let these families that they are not alone,” Moss told NFL Network. “I’m not here voicing, but by having these names on my tie and a big platform as the Pro Football Hall of Fame — there’s a lot of stuff going on in our country, and I just wanted to let these family members know that they’re not alone.”