It’s not always bad news we get to cover around the NFL world. This story of Randy Moss and Kassi Spier is about as heartwarming as it gets.
The two first met during Moss’ rookie season with the Minnesota Vikings back in 1998. Spier, then an infant, ended up battling leukemia as a four-year old in 2000. When Moss got word of the diagnosis, he visited the young girl at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. According to Spier, the former NFL receiver broke out into tears when saying his goodbyes: “He cried because he didn’t want to leave,” she said.
Three years later and after taking on leukemia, Spier was in Vikings training camp as a guest of Moss. This report by Inforum.com tells us a story of the young girl hanging on to Moss throughout the entire camp.
Sadly for the girl, her father died in a car accident the following year. Then, in 2013, she was diagnosed with a brain tumor.
Through all this, Spier was still able to graduate from high school this past week.
And who was there to hand her the diploma?
Moss made the trip to Pelican Rapids, MN. on Friday in order to show his support for the now teenage girl. A relationship that has spanned 17 years and involved a tremendous amount of tragedy for the girl culminated in the two re-embracing one another in the small Minnesota town.
It a story of a girl that overcame tremendous odds. It’s also a story of a future Hall of Fame receiver that never forgot about the then infant he met back in 1998.
For Moss, his motivation for embracing a long-term relationship with Kassi had nothing to do with receiving good press from a media that often clashed with the former NFL wide receiver.
Back in 2004, ESPN the Magazine posted an article on Moss, which covered his relationship with the girl. Moss had this to say in that piece:
“I know how she feels about me, and she knows how I feel about her. Our relationship is not important to anybody but us.”
Good stuff, Mr. Moss.
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