BOURBONNAIS, Ill. — Prior to Thursday night’s Hall of Fame Game, players from both the Bears and Baltimore Ravens lined up along the 45-yard lines of Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium to give a guard of honor of sorts to the eight soon-to-be inductees into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. One by one, these legends of football made their way from sideline to sideline while being cheered on by both teams.
When Randy Moss got to the end of the line, he veered to his left and went over to Bears receiver Kevin White, who congratulated him on becoming a Hall of Famer. The two hadn’t met before, but White, obviously, knew who Moss was. As a kid, White would pretend like he was Moss. “Throwing the hand up, wanting to run all go balls just so I can ‘Moss’ someone,” he said.
Moss, though, wanted to offer to words to White, too: “He just said he’s waiting on me,” White said.
“He said some other things, but I’ll keep that between me and him,” the Bears wide receiver continued, “but he just asked if I’m healthy and that he’s waiting on me and he’s ready to see me play.”
White also had an opportunity to chat with former All-Pro wideout Steve Smith before the game, and posted a photo of him talking to Smith to his Instagram account with the caption “listen more than u speak.”
It was at least a little surprising White, who’s only appeared in five regular season games since being drafted seventh overall in 2015, didn’t play in Thursday night’s game given the lack of live reps he’s been able to take in his brutally unlucky career. But getting those moments with Moss and Smith still made the trip to Canton well worth it for White.
“That was pretty cool to hear coming from (Moss), one of the greatest — the greatest receiver ever to play this game. Hearing that, some good things from him and Steve Smith gave me a little extra push, an extra little confidence even though my confidence is very high. That definitely helps it either way.
“… (They told me) basically, block out the noise and don’t let them trick you — fans, the media, whoever. Always have self-confidence and know you can play at a high level.”