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."
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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.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, CBSSports.com'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."
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.
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