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Randy Moss and Notre Dame: What Could Have Been

Notre Dame's mascot running with a flag on the football field.

SOUTH BEND, IN - SEPTEMBER 17: The Notre Dame Fighting Irish mascot carries the school flag on the field before the game against the Michigan State Spartans on September 17, 2005 at Notre Dame Stadium in South Bend, Indiana. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

The Hall of Fame wide receiver wanted to play for the Fighting Irish.

Randy Moss got the call on Saturday. The electric wide receiver learned yesterday that he's going to be inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame this summer.

The 40-year-old wide receiver is one of the best wideouts the sport has ever seen. The West Virginia native played in the league from 1998-2012, making six Pro Bowls.

Moss was a four-time first-team All-Pro. He led the league in receiving touchdowns five times.

The road to the NFL was a windy one, though. Moss made multiple stops at the college level.

Moss' dream was to play football at Notre Dame. He originally signed with the Fighting Irish in 1995.

Off-the-field trouble led to Moss being unable to get admitted to the South Bend, Ind. school. He ended up at Florida State. Moss had trouble with the Seminoles, too, though.

The lengthy wide receiver went home to West Virginia and played for Marshall. He starred for the Thundering Herd, becoming an All-American and a Heisman Trophy finalist.

Moss still speaks highly of Notre Dame, though. If he could do it all over again, he'd still like to end up playing for Lou Holtz and the Fighting Irish.

“If I could do it over again, Notre Dame would’ve probably still been there,” Moss told Fox Sports. “It’s an experience I’ll never forget. That was my team.”

Moss will forever be one of Notre Dame fans' biggest "what-ifs." He surely would've been incredibly fun to watch in the Blue and Gold.