ESPN traveled to West Virginia for the Randy Moss 30 for 30 – Rand University. Moss hails from Rand, WV, a place where not many make it out of, so hence the name. Moss had his pitfalls along the way, but he eventually went on to become one of the best NFL wide receivers of all time, which is a testament to his greatness.
It was known that Moss overcame obstacles to make it, but this documentary put it in perspective. Moss wasn’t supposed to make it. Most wouldn’t have made it given his circumstances. Who rebounds from losing scholarships to Notre Dame and Florida State, and still has a successful career?
But more than being about Randy Moss this piece also shed some light on how the other half lives so to speak. Many professional athletes are from small towns where the values are different. For example people had a hard time accepting Adrian Peterson’s appeared indifference to his child abuse case, but if they actually saw how he grew up and probably how it still is in his hometown they would be more understanding.
It is hard for people to imagine outside of their experiences. Anyone raised in an environment without corporal punishment will think any physical contact with a child is wrong, while others opinions will vary based on their own personal upbringing. We will all have different views because it’s relative to perspective, but this documentary shows that maybe people are more different than we think.