Randy Moss has retired from the NFL after deciding to forgo a 14th season.
Moss was a free agent and reportedly left a few offers on the table. His agent, Joel Segal, said the future hall of fame receiver didn't see an appealing offer. Many analysts and former teammates of Moss are expecting the enigmatic receiver to "unretire" and join a team midseason.
If this is the end, it's a tough way for Moss to go out. Last year was not his finest.
The receiver started the season out on the New England Patriots. However, a public outcry over a contract issue got him jettisoned via trade to the Minnesota Vikings, the team where he started his career. After four forgettable games in Minnesota, Moss wore out his welcome quickly and was released. The Tennessee Titans claimed him for the remainder of the season. With the Titans, Moss barely saw any playing time and only caught six catches for 80 yards.
Despite the miserable season, Moss will be remembered as a player who changed the game. His freakish size and athletic ability made him nearly impossible for a cornerback to cover. NFL coaches often game planned around Moss, usually putting two men on him. From the time he was drafted to the time he retired, Moss was not someone who blended into the background.
In 2007, after spending two forgettable years with the Oakland Raiders, Moss caught an NFL record 23 touchdowns with the New England Patriots. Moss, quarterback Tom Brady and the Patriots went undefeated in the regular season, only to fall short in the Superbowl against the New York Giants. Still, it was easily one of the greatest years ever by a wide receiver.
From the time he graduated high school, Moss' non football antics were often memorable than his on the field ability. He was originally supposed to go to Notre Dame of DuPont High School in Belle, W.V. but was stripped off his offer after an off the field issue. He then went to Florida State but never saw action as he was dismissed during his red-shirt freshman year after testing positive for smoking marijuana.
His two years at Marshall University in Huntington, W.V. were quick but memorable. Moss set a bunch of school records for receiving, led the Thundering Herd to its first bowl game and won was a finalist for the Heisman trophy.
He was selected 18th overall by the Vikings and immediately made an impact his rookie year as part of a 15-1 Vikings team that fell short in the NFC Championship game. Despite becoming a perennial all-pro and fan favorite, his time in Minnesota was marred by the aforementioned non football antics. He got in trouble for nudging a traffic officer with his car, fake mooning the opposing crowd in Green Bay and generally being dismissive of authority.
However, it was supposed "lack of effort" on the field that really got him torched by fans, coaches and players alike. Once during an interview as a member of the Vikings, Moss famously said, "I play when I want to play."
When he did play, it was a treat for fans of football everywhere. With Moss, there was no shortage of excitement, on and off the field. Here's a look back at the receiver's greatest hits.
'Mooning' the crowd in Green Bay
Randy loved to torture the Dallas Cowboys, who famously passed on the receiver back in the 1998 NFL Draft.
During the 2007 NFL season, Moss and Tom Brady made history by connecting on 23 touchdowns. Moss broke the record for touchdown receptions in a season, Brady broke the record for touchdown passes.
One handed grab vs. Darrelle Revis.
Moss became a fan favorite and a villain simultaneously with this brief interview.