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Moss named top rookie

Just like Randy Moss to run away from the competition.

The game-breaking wide receiver for the Vikings was a landslide winner of the Associated Press' NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year award Sunday. Moss, who led the NFL with 17 touchdown receptions and averaged 19 yards, received 44 votes from a nationwide panel of 47 sports writers and broadcasters.

Indianapolis QB Peyton Manning, the top pick in the 1998 draft, got two votes. The other vote went to Jacksonville running back Fred Taylor, an ex-Gator.

Moss, who refused to be interviewed after learning he won the award, was chosen 21st in the draft. Although he was an All-American and a dangerous receiver at Marshall, off-field problems made most NFL teams leery of taking him.

The Vikings had no reservations, and were rewarded with an All-Pro year in which Moss made 69 receptions for 1,313 yards.

And Moss wasn't at full strength all season, bothered by an ankle he sprained in May.

"I said it before: You won't see all of Randy until next year," coach Dennis Green said.

Moss helped the Vikings produce the league's best record (15-1), and set an NFL record with 556 points. He found many ways to get free deep, and if he didn't, he used his size (6 feet 4) and tremendous leaping ability.

"I think of the things we've done and the success we've had, we've had huge explosiveness," offensive coordinator Brian Billick said. "He's taken it from an offense that is one of the best in the league to challenging, maybe, the all-time best, based on points and yardage."

Moss is the fourth Vikings player to win the award. Last year's winner was Tampa Bay running back Warrick Dunn.

LIONS CONSIDER MILLEN: Ex-linebacker Matt Millen confirmed he has been approached about a job with "general manager-type" responsibilities.

Millen said he has talked with vice chairman Bill Ford Jr., but he said the discussions have not been specific.

"Yeah, I've talked, but all it's been is just talk," Millen said. "Nobody said anything, just "Would you be interested?' "

Millen, who played with the Raiders, Redskins and 49ers, is a football analyst for Fox.

The Lions do not have a general manager per se. Coach Bobby Ross has the final voice in personnel decisions with support from Ron Hughes, the vice president of personnel, and Kevin Colbert, the director of pro scouting.

BEARS: Kansas City defensive coordinator Gunther Cunningham and Pittsburgh defensive coordinator Jim Haslett will be among the first to visit this week with personnel chief Mark Hatley for the head-coaching vacancy.

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