Randy Moss retires after 13 seasons

Say what you want about Randy Moss, but there is no doubt in anyone’s mind that he is one of the greatest wide receiver’s to ever step foot on a football field. If this retirement sticks, Randy will finish his career with 14,858 receiving yards (6th all time), 153 touchdown receptions ( 2nd all time), 10 1,000 + receiving seasons (2nd all time), and 954 career receptions (10th all time.)
Randy Gene Moss was born on February 13, 1977 to Maxine Moss and Randy Pratt in Rand, West Virginia. In high school, Randy lettered in football, baseball, basketball, and track. His dream was to attend the prestigious Notre Dame. Former Notre Dame coach, Lou Holt was quoted as saying “Randy Moss was the best high school football player I’ve ever seen”. Randy’s dream of going to Notre Dame was crushed when he was involved in a racially charged incident at his high school. Although, he signed a letter of intent with Notre Dame, they denied his application, and referred him to Florida State. Ultimately, Moss would go to Marshall and shine. Moss would become a finalist for the Heisman in 1997, behind Peyton Manning, Ryan Leaf, and Charles Woodson. He would be drafted by the Minnesota Vikings in the 1st round of the 1998 draft. He would go on to play for the Vikings for 7 years, participating in 5 pro-bowls. Despite his successful years with the Vikings, Moss failed to obtain a Super Bowl title. He was traded to the Raiders in 2005, and then traded to the New England Patriots for a 4th round draft pick. Moss would set a single season touchdown reception record of 23 and set a Patriots franchise record with 98 catches for 1,493 yards in 2007. Despite going 18-1, the Patriots lost the Super Bowl to the New York Giants ending Randy’s chance of getting that elusive ring. On October 6, 2010, Moss returned to the Vikings and was waived a month later and picked up by the Tennessee Titans.
After the lockout ended, there was much speculation where Moss would end up. At 34 years old, Moss still has gas left in the tank. The best wide receiver of all time, Jerry Rice played the game he loved until the tender age of 42. What is stopping Moss from giving Rice a run for his money? Moss doesn’t want to play for just anyone. He wants to play where he has a good chance to win a ring. At this stage in his career, who can blame him?
Often rumored to be troubled, much of Moss’s trouble was bogus. As a teen any altercations he was involved in was racially motivated, in West Virginia in the early 90’s, that shouldn’t come as much of a surprise. Then he was arrested for marijuana possession. Really? If you told me he was arrested for cocaine possession, then I would understand the harsh scrutiny. But, marijuana, not so much. As an NFL player, Moss wasn’t just known for his machinations on the field, he was known for his charity work off the field, almost always involving children.
Moss is opinionated. He is competitive and driven. There were times when it appeared as if he quit, it was his frustration of not accomplishing the ultimate goal. Until you are in someone’s shoes, you can’t judge why they do what they do. ” I don’t want records. I want a Super Bowl Ring”.
He isn’t going to get that ring by quitting. And quitting is what he is doing, not retiring. Retiring is what you do when you have nothing left.
Pride is keeping Randy from signing a one year deal with a contender, but his passion will bring him back to the game he was born to play.
Do I believe this is the last we will see of Moss?
Not a chance.

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