WATCH: Randy Moss gets emotional after question about former coach Dennis Green

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Green and the Vikings took a chance on Moss on draft day. Getty Images

Going into the 1998 NFL Draft, there's no question that Randy Moss was one of the 10 best players available. 

After all, Moss had everything an NFL team could ask for in a receiver: height at 6-foot-4, game-breaking speed and unbelievable athleticism. 

Despite those attributes, Moss wasn't one of the first 10 players taken on draft day in 1998. As a matter of fact, the wide receiver wasn't even one of the first 20 players taken that day. 

After a checkered college career that included a failed drug test and an arrest for domestic battery, not to mention a guilty plea to a battery charge in high school, Moss suffered a free fall in the draft. 

The wide receiver kept falling until Vikings coach Dennis Green was willing to take a chance on him with the 21st overall pick. 

To say the pick ended up working out well for the Vikings would probably be an understatement. During eight total seasons in Minnesota, Moss would catch a total of 587 passes for 9,316 yards and 92 touchdowns (all three numbers ranks No. 2 in team history behind Cris Carter). 

Thanks in large part to those huge numbers, the Vikings decided that it was time to induct Moss into their Ring of Honor this year, something that will officially take place during the upcoming season. 

During his press conference to make the announcement, Moss showed off a side that many people rarely get to see: his emotional side. 

The wide receiver was nearly brought to tears this week when someone asked him a question about Green, who died of a heart attack in July

Moss was asked what he would say to Green if he were here today. 

"I don't know, man. I don't know," the receiver said as his voice trailed off. 

Moss had to fight back tears before he was able to continue. 

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Randy Moss got emotional while talking about former coach Dennis Green.  Vikings.com

"I was six years old [when I started] playing this game," Moss said. "On draft day, I really don't know why I was treated the way I was treated on draft day, but coach Green gave me an opportunity, man. And I told him, 'Coach, you're not going to regret this.' So, you ask me what I would say to him, man I'd probably just fall in his arms and give him a hug. There's no words that I could tell him."

One of the reasons Moss got emotional is because he never really got to say thank you to Green for taking a chance on him.  

"The man passed away without me really, really, really giving him my love and thanks for what he was able to do for me and my family," Moss said. "There's a lot of teams out there that passed on me for wrong reasons. Coach Green gave me that opportunity. So when all you all Vikings fans are sitting up here, going back in the past, remembering the teams that I played on ... the teams that coach Green coached. However you feel about me, you can feel, but if you feel a good way about me, Coach Green brought me here."

Moss' induction into the Vikings' Ring of Honor will come on Sept. 11 during Minnesota's Monday night regular-season opener against the Saints

You can see the entire Moss video below. 

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