Is Randy Moss Un-Retiring?
The NFL never fails in the way of drama. True to form, another recently-retired player, namely wide receiver Randy Moss, is rumored to be considering a return to football.
According to quarterback Tom Brady, who recently spoke to his former teammate, Moss is considered to interested in returning to play for the New England Patriots. Brady told sports radio talk station WEEI that he had spoken to Moss prior to the commencement of training camp. "I love the guy", commented Brady. "He's a great friend of mine. If he ever did have the opportunity to come back, I'd certainly welcome it with open arms."
Not everyone is so effusive in their love of Randy Moss. According to Brad Childress, the recently fired head coach of the Minnesota Vikings, Randy Moss was not only a disinterested player, but a distraction in the locker room. “We had good guys by and large,” explained Childress, “[but Moss] walked in the locker room and vomited on it.” To be fair, Brad Childress lost his job with the Vikings due to his inept handling of the Randy Moss hiring and firing. Childress acknowledged his mistakes regarding Moss' dismissal in his debut as an analyst on NFL Network. However he is steadfast in his criticism of Moss' attitude and effect on team morale.
Moss' numbers are stellar. He has 14,858 receiving yards and 153 touchdowns--second behind Jerry Rice, who has 197 TDs. Moss is a 6-time Pro Bowler, and had his best season in 2007 when he caught 98 passes for 1,493 yards and a league-leading 23 touchdowns. The relationship and chemistry between Moss and Brady was always solid. The question, though, is whether Randy Moss' best years are behind him.
Most would say yes. The 34-year old wide receiver had a dismal season in 2010. He played for 3 teams, the New England Patriots, the Minnesota VIkings, and the Tennessee Titans. His playing skills seemed to be on the decline, as he only had 16 receptions all year.Continued on the next page