Yesterday morning, while I was taking a taxi to the Halifax airport, I heard on CBC Radio that Randy Moss had retired after 13 seasons in the NFL.
However, there are those like Jason Gay of The Wall Street Journal who don’t buy it. Indeed, Gay says that Moss’ declaration amounts to a “faux-tirement.”
But if Moss never plays again he’s headed for Canton. Moss has caught 153 touchdowns which ties him for second all-time with Terrell Owens. Only San Francisco 49ers legend Jerry Rice caught more. In 2007, when the New England Patriots went 16-0, Moss set a single season record with 23 TD receptions.
Of course, this doesn’t include the touchdown Moss caught from Tom Brady with 2:42 remaining in Super Bowl XLII. Unfortunately, few people remember that touchdown because of the Act of G-d that was David Tyree’s helmet catch from Eli Manning.
Moss’ stats are also overshadowed by his mercurial personality especially early in his career with the Minnesota Vikings. By the time he came to play for the Pats he was a solid citizen. A couple of season playing for Al Davis in Oakland will do that to a player. However, in the final year of his contract last season demanded a trade after the Pats did not offer him a contract extension. The Pats obliged trading him back to the Vikings. Jim Antle documented that whole saga quite nicely. Moss’ second stint in Minnesota lasted barely a month before moving on to the Tennesse Titans.
So where does Moss go from here? Probably not the CFL. The exchange rate sure isn’t what it used to be.