Randy Moss honors slain African-Americans during Hall of Fame ceremony

The inductee’s tie featured names such as Trayvon Martin and Tamir Rice.

August 05, 2018
Randy Moss honors slain African-Americans during Hall of Fame ceremony CANTON, OH - AUGUST 04: Randy Moss reacts during the 2018 NFL Hall of Fame Enshrinement Ceremony at Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium on August 4, 2018 in Canton, Ohio.   Joe Robbins/Getty Images

Randy Moss used his platform at the Hall of Fame ceremony in Canton, Ohio on Aug. 4 to make a statement. The new Hall of Fame inductee wore the names of several African-Americans who have died during interactions with police on his tie during the ceremony. While some of the names were obscured by his jacket during much of the ceremony, an interview with the NFL Network revealed a closeup look at the tie and Moss' motivations for wearing it, according to USA Today.

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“What I wanted to express with my tie was to let these families know they’re not alone,” he said. “I’m not here voicing, but by [having] these names on my tie, in a big platform like the Pro Football Hall of Fame, there’s a lot of stuff going on in our country and I just wanted these family members to know they’re not alone.”

Moss' tie honored Trayvon Martin, Sandra Bland, Tamir Rice and Michael Brown and more.

During his time in the NFL, Moss played for the Minnesota Vikings, Oakland Raiders, New England Patriots and San Francisco 49ers as a receiver.

Randy Moss honors slain African-Americans during Hall of Fame ceremony