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Moss forgives Jones for 1998 draft snub

  |   Oct. 13, 2010 at 8:09 PM
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IRVING, Texas, Oct. 13 (UPI) -- Minnesota Vikings receiver Randy Moss said Wednesday he forgives Dallas owner Jerry Jones for snubbing him in the draft 12 years ago, but hasn't forgotten it.

Jones and the Cowboys said at the time they were concerned about the character of the talented but enigmatic Marshall University star, so they passed on him in the 1998 draft, leaving him for the Vikings.

Moss has since caught 35 passes for 734 yards and 11 touchdowns in seven career regular season and post-season games against the Cowboys -- all victories -- and when Moss was dealt last week from the New England Patriots back to the Vikings, Jones apologized for the snub.

Moss told reporters Wednesday as the Cowboys prepared to meet the Vikings Sunday he has forgiven Jones but is still motivated to play well against Dallas, The Fort Worth (Texas) Star-Telegram reported.

"I always carry a certain chip on my shoulder for the Cowboys," he said. "Not as much, but I'm still ready to play some football. In a certain sense, yes, but you let bygones be bygones. At the same time, I've still got that chip."

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