Moss, who received five of his six career Pro Bowl nods while with the Vikings, asked Jefferson about his mindset coming in as a rookie, particularly during a season altered by the pandemic.
“The main focus was, ‘Am I going to be that versatile receiver? Am I going to be able to play outside, play inside, get off the press?’ So there were a lot of questions coming into the season, and especially me coming in and replacing Stefon Diggs, there was a lot of pressure on me,” Jefferson said. “But I just really paid attention to myself. I wanted to focus on myself, wanted to be the best version of myself. I just put in the extra work, extra time, and I just came up with a great season.”
Before Moss’ interview with Jefferson wrapped up, Ponder revealed a surprise. She retrieved the pair of cleats that Jefferson had custom-painted with likenesses of himself and Moss for Minnesota’s season finale in Detroit.
“You said you were trying to get them signed, right?” Ponder said. “Well, I like to make dreams come true.”
As Moss added his signature to the toe of the yellow cleat, he told Jefferson the following:
“I seen you giving me some love, and I started smiling immediately. I said, ‘Man, I’ve gotta sign ’em.’ Since I’ve come in [the league] in 1998, there has not been a rookie since then [to put up those numbers], and when I say I’m happy – I’m happy for you, I’m happy for the Vikings organization. … Justin, I’m proud of you. My Rookie of the Year.”