Controversial Receiver Randy Moss Set to Retire

Controversial Receiver Randy Moss Set to Retire

Moss changed the game with his talent, and is all but certain to be a first-ballot Hall of Famer.

Published August 1, 2011

It appears future Hall of Fame receiver Randy Moss has decided to retire from football.


Moss’ agent, Joe Segal, informed ESPN on Monday that his client will retire rather than pursue a free agent deal with a new team. Moss, 34, played for New England, Minnesota and Tennessee last season following three successful seasons with the Patriots.


"After weighing his options and contemplating offers, he's decided to retire," Segal told ESPN.


This brings to a close an NFL career that was highlighted by game-changing plays and lots of controversy on and off the field throughout his career. Moss slipped to the Vikings at No. 21 in the 1998 draft because teams viewed him as a talented-but-troubled receiver coming out of Marshall University.


His 13-year career ends with 954 receptions for 14,858 yards and 153 yards. He ranks second behind Hall of Fame receiver Jerry Rice in career touchdowns, most 100-yard receiving games and most games with two or more touchdowns.


Moss’ production, however, dropped off dramatically in 2010 with just 28 catches for 393 yards and five touchdowns. But just a couple of weeks ago his agent described Moss as being in great shape and as being ready to be Randy Moss again.


"He is determined, motivated and quite frankly has a huge chip on his shoulder. Whatever team ends up getting Randy, they're going to know they're getting the old Randy Moss," Segal told in mid-July. "He's not just coming in to be on the team, he's going to be Randy Moss a difference-maker."


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(Photo: AP Photo/Mark Humphrey, File)

Written by Terrance Harris


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