When in the spotlight, they often find themselves getting into trouble. After all, they adore attention, praise, and love from fans, even if they don’t want to admit it. They have big hearts, which often makes them the biggest givers, spending ridiculous amounts of money to simply surprise a friend or family member or random fan. Yes, we are talking about the #1 FEAR, and one NFL player in particular has a place in his big heart for a young girl he’s known for over a decade.

Most every sports fan knows the name Randy Moss, but do you know the name Kassi Spier? She’s one of his closest friends, a girl Moss met as a rookie in 1998 at a training camp autograph session. “The toddler yelled ‘Randy’ and instantly had his heart. She was 2 years old at the time.”  Kassi has dealt with many difficult physical problems over the years, from a 2000 diagnosis of leukemia to losing her father in a car accident in 2004 to being diagnosed with a brain tumor in 2013. “I know how she feels about me, and she knows how I feel about her,” Moss said in an ESPN story more than a decade ago. “Our relationship is not important to anybody but us.” Last week Moss made good on a promise by attending Spier’s high school graduation and handing Spier her diploma during the Pelican Rapids High School’s graduation ceremony in Minnesota. One quote in particular caught our eye, made by Mike Tice, Moss’ head coach from 2002 to 2004. “Randy wants everyone to think he’s a tough guy, but his relationship with this little girl is really something. It’s typical of Randy.  He’s great with kids. He doesn’t trust authority. And he doesn’t trust adults because he thinks they all want something from him. And you know what? He’s not far off.”

Yes, the #1 often does put up a tough front, though deep inside there’s usually a soft-hearted individual who simply needs to let go of their pride and ego. Once upon a time, Moss told reporters, “It’s not my fault that people don’t know me.”  He went on to say, “I can’t really have any friends. It’s sad, really. It’s lonely. But that’s how I am.”

Remember Proverbs 18:24, Randy. “A man that hath friends must show himself friendly.”

Written by: Staff
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