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Randy Moss announces retirement

Posted on: August 1, 2011 1:19 pm
Edited on: August 1, 2011 5:25 pm
Posted by Ryan Wilson

After 13 NFL seasons, wide receiver Randy Moss retired Monday. "After weighing his options and contemplating offers, he's decided to retire," Moss' agent, Joel Segal said Monday, according to ESPN.

The Associated Press reports that Segal declined to comment specifically on the offers, instead saying his client felt the time was right to step away.

A future Hall of Famer, Moss is a former first-round pick of the Minnesota Vikings, where he spent the first seven years of his career. Wildly talented, he was also considered an underachiever, regularly accused of pulling up on routes, refusing to block, and taking plays off altogether.

And it was this reputation that led to the Vikings trading him to Oakland in 2005, where Moss had two of his worst NFL seasons, prompting speculation that his best days were behind him.

Then the Patriots acquired Moss during the 2007 NFL Draft for a fourth-rounder and it revitalized his career.

In his first season in New England, and with Tom Brady under center, Moss caught 98 passes for 1,493 yards and 23 touchdowns. He was an integral part of the NFL's most explosive offense and helped lead the Patriots to an 18-0 record before the Giants upset them in the Super Bowl.

The Patriots traded Moss back to Minnesota last season, where he lasted four games before the Vikings released him. He played the final eight games with the Titans, where he caught just six passes for 80 yards and no touchdowns.

Segal told the AP earlier this summer that the receiver was training hard and determined to prove to the doubters that he could still dominate the game like he had in the past. "Randy has been a great player for a long time," said Bob Pruett, Moss' college coach at Marshall. "He's choosing this on his own terms and I think that's good. If that's what he wants to do, that's what he should do."

More via the AP:
Throughout his career, Moss earned the reputation as one of the most dangerous players in the game, when he wanted to be. His combination of size, speed and intelligence has rarely been seen for a player at his position, and he deserves some credit for the influx of Cover 2 defenses throughout the NFL that were designed in large part to prevent Moss from burning them down the field.

Trouble off the field in high school prevented Moss from attending Notre Dame or Florida State, so he landed at Marshall and scored 54 touchdowns in two electrifying seasons with the Thundering Herd.

The off-field questions hurt Moss in the 1998 draft. He fell to the Vikings at pick No. 21 and he spent the next seven years making every GM in the league who passed on him regret it. He scored 17 touchdowns as a rookie to help the Vikings reach the NFC title game and only once failed to score at least 10 TDs in a season in his first tour with the team.

He also got into several controversies along the way, bumping a traffic cop in downtown Minneapolis, squirting a referee with a water bottle during a game and leaving the field early in a game against Washington, just to name a few.
Before he announced his retirement Monday, Moss was one of the last high-profile players still on the free-agent market. As for the possibility that Moss stays retired,'s Clark Judge writes that "...[H]e's 34, for crying out loud, so there's plenty of time for him to pull a Brett Favre. All that's missing is the interest ... and what happened Monday tells you it wasn't there."

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Since: Nov 18, 2006
Posted on: August 4, 2011 10:04 pm

Randy Moss announces retirement

Who did the Patriots play in the Super Bowl? Oh that's right. Nobody. Last time they did, Moss- not Brady, was the reason. Just an OPINION

Since: Nov 18, 2006
Posted on: August 4, 2011 10:02 pm

Randy Moss announces retirement

Opinions are subjective, stats are not. Moss has stats. Not Rice like, but close... top 5 all time. That is Hall of Fame. If idiots like Mike Irving can get in with just rings, then Moss deserves the Hall with just stats. Irvin snorted the White House. Got in. Moss bumped a traffic cop with some weed in his glovie. What's worse?   Who cares about role models to talk to HS kids? They have parents and coaches. 

Since: Nov 18, 2006
Posted on: August 4, 2011 9:55 pm

Randy Moss announces retirement

Randy is was and always will be the BOMB in Minnesota. Off field is just that. On Field? Nobody better, ever in purple Minnesota.  Just my opinion. I will let facts and stats rest, it's my opinion from the first time I saw Moss from Section 205 of the Metrodome (yup season ticket holder since '97) I knew he was super freak good.  Talent wasted? Nope, talent is what it is.  Moss was a rockstar Viking, played in and scored TD in the bowl for NE, and made his own bed, like Sinatra.  Good for him.

Since: May 21, 2009
Posted on: August 3, 2011 12:31 am

Randy Moss announces retirement

so you're too young to remember jerry rice play, not your fault, but man i'm tellin' ya that dude was IT.
Of course I remember Jerry Rice. I also remember him playing with Hall-Of-Fame quarterbacks for most of his carreer. Jerry Rice was an incredible football player. I'm in no way suggesting he wasn't. But as a Wide Reciever, it certainly helps to have a good Quarterback! Moss played only three and 1/2 seasons with Tom Brady compared to the abundance of time Rice spent with Montana and Young. And by the way, if he was so much fun to watch and listen to, than why are you so happy to see him go???

Since: Aug 29, 2006
Posted on: August 2, 2011 4:28 pm

Randy Moss announces retirement

M26557 said, "You are absolutely delusional if you don't think Moss belongs in the HOF. The guy is arguably the greatest wide receiver of all-time."  I'll assume, you've never seen Jerry Rice play football in your entire life.
Mister C:

First of all, I said "arguably." Second of all, Moss was a better talent than Rice and a more dominant player at his peak than Rice was. A lot of people would agree with that.

Since: Oct 13, 2007
Posted on: August 2, 2011 1:08 pm

Randy Moss announces retirement

Randy will say yes to one of those calls,especially if it's from the Patriots.
LOL!!  Where have you been since October, 2010?  The ONLY team to take a chance on Moss was Tenn after he was cut by the Vikings. 
THEN, all that time goes by and NE never jumped to "get him back."   Bill B is done with him.  So is Brady:  do you remember the comments by Brady after Moss was traded?  Brady was smiling, smirking, knowing it was going to be a better team without him. And it was. 

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