Randy Moss keeps promise, attends graduation of leukemia survivor

Randy Moss keeps promise, attends graduation of leukemia survivor

Randy Moss obviously took a friendship forged with a young fan early in his career pretty seriously. That's why he was at her high school graduation this week.

Moss reportedly promised Kassi Spier, who he reportedly met during his rookie year of 1998 at an autograph signing, that he'd be at her high-school graduation. Spier, who according to the Forum of Fargo-Moorhead battled leukemia when she was young and was diagnosed with a brain tumor in 2013, graduated from Pelican Rapids High School in Minnesota. On Friday, Spier was one of 72 graduates to walk across the stage, according to the Pelican Rapids Press, and Moss handed Spier her diploma.

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“She’s had many struggles in her life, and he’s been there for her,” Pelican Rapids Public School District Superintendent Deb Wanek told the Forum. “He told her he’d be at her high school graduation.”

Moss is a legend in Minnesota from his days with the Vikings. He was also a controversial figure at times through his football career, but he clearly has a soft side. A 2003 story by the Associated Press, via the Forum, detailed his friendship with Spier. She would follow him to lunch during training camp that year with Moss holding her hand. It said that in 2000 Moss visited Spier, then 4 years old, at the Mayo Clinic after her leukemia diagnosis and cried when he had to leave.

It's obviously a friendship that means a lot to both of them, enough that Moss made sure to be there for a huge accomplishment in Spier's life.

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