Randy Moss – A Short Biography

This article is one of a series of articles written about some of the current players of the New England Patriots. In this article we will look at the life and football career of Randy Moss, the Patriot's star wide receiver. While some of his off-field transgressions are well known, his stature of being one of the best wide receivers ever in the NFL is undisputed. Lets examine the biography of Randy Moss.

Randy Moss was born in Rand, West Virginia, on February 13, 1977 to Maxine Moss and Randy Pratt. Rand was a small mining town, not the type of town you would expect to produce one of the big stars of the NFL. Rand was so small that they did not have their own high school. Therefore, Randy attended high school at the now defunct DuPont High in nearby Belle, West Virginia.

During his high school years, Randy excelled in sports. His favorite sports were football and basketball. He helped bring his team state titles in both football and basketball during his junior and senior years. Because of his excellent performance in football during his high school years, college football powerhouses became very interested in him. Top colleges who displayed an interest in Randy were Ohio State, Notre Dame, and Florida State University. Lou Holtz of Notre Dame said that "Randy Moss was the best high school football player he had ever seen". In 1995, Randy signed a letter of intent to go to Notre Dame on a full football scholarship.

Racial tensions were high at the high school that Randy Moss attended. These tensions are resolved in many fights at DuPont High School. After signing to go to Notre Dame, Randy got involved in one of those racially motivated fights. This asserted in Notre Dame rescinding his scholarship. Lou Holtz recommended to Bobby Bowden, the head coach of FSU, to give Randy a chance. So Randy intended to go FSU on a full football scholarship. However, because of his signed letter of intent at Notre Dame, the NCAA considered him a transfer student. This made him ineligible to play for the Seminoles in the 1995 football season. So in 1995, Randy was red-shirted.

In 1996, due to some off-field transgressions, Randy was dismissed from Florida State. He ended up never playing for FSU. He then needed to make a decision on where to play his college football. He considered Marshall University, which was only a couple hours away from his home town. Randy knew that Marshall was going from a Division 1-AA to a Division 1-A, which would mean tougher competition, and greater exposure to NFL scouts. This I am sure influenced his decision to attend Marshall.

During the 1996 season, Randy broke many records as a freshmen at Marshall. This included most games with a touchdown catch in a season (14), most consecutive games with a touchdown catch (13), and most touchdown passes in a season (28). He also broke the record for the number of …

How to Enhance Career Teamwork Within Your Business

One of the duties of all managers is to enhance and build relationships between employees. Creating the right level of teamwork is not always easy; but it is not impossible. Requirements for good business teamwork include: creativity, initiative, and determination. Motivation is also important so that employees work and achieve goals together. Being able to promote the best possible ethics among a workforce is the first step to improving the interdependent relationships that exist. A healthy work environment is a key step toward boosting morale.

There are a number of proven team building techniques that all managers should familiarize themselves with, regardless of industry or the size of the business. The following suggestions can help in developing the right attitude in employees of every level.

To start, there needs to be clear goals established within the business. These goals should be easier to reach if all employees to work together as a team. It needs to be understood by each staff member that if the organization prospers, so will they. It is in everyone’s interest for the business to succeed, and by working together harmoniously this can be brought about.

Responsibilities and roles are best clearly defined, but it should be understood that by helping one another to complete tasks on schedule, there would be an advantage all round. Under no circumstance should there be important duties that need to be completed and which no-one takes responsibility for.

The same training opportunities should be available to each employee, whether they are a new hire or an established member of the workforce. It is essential that no-one feels left out or not given the right amount of attention.

Team building activities and events need to be promoted as tools that allow employees to interact smoothly and frequently. There should be a clear strategy in place that can be used during times of confusion or crisis.

Honest feedback should be given to show appreciation for team performance. If there is an issue that needs to be addressed, constructive criticism needs to be used as opposed to direct blame. Recognizing success and achievement is great way to motivate further developments. All employees would like to receive praise from management, and if this can be directed towards a team or unit as a whole, this in itself can help to spur progress.

Building the right amount of teamwork within an organization is a positive step toward business success. Not only will employees be more driven and results oriented, efficiency and productivity can be enhanced which translates to a positive effect on profits and turnover. With the right approach and working environment, great things can be achieved.…