Today after 13 electrifying seasons as the NFL's most feared deep threat, Randy Moss calls it quits and hangs up his cleats. After a controversial career as arguably the greatest receiver to ever grace the game, instead of returning to the Tennessee Titans for his 14th season in pads, Randy decided say goodbye to the NFL. There is no doubt that he will be a first ballot Hall of Fame inductee and the numbers show. With more than 60 career 100 yard games, 153 touchdown receptions, 14,858 reception yards, and 954 career catches, Moss's career is one that will undoubtedly be enshrined in Canton.
Whether it was his exciting style of play, his on the field attitude of mooning fans and talking trash, or his off the field antics, Moss was never one to avoid the spotlight. After being drafted in 1998 by the Minnesota Vikings with the 21st pick out of Marshall, Randy didn't waste any time in establishing himself as the league's premiere target. His rookie season, might be the greatest inaugural season for a wideout to date in which he got to the end zone 17 times, caught 69 balls for 1,313 yards, played every game, and helped the Vikings to the NFC title game. During his first 7 years in purple, Randy only missed two games, was selected to 5 of his 7 pro bowls, and only finished one of his 7 seasons with less than 10 TD grabs. To say the least, his first seven seasons in Minnesota were truly remarkable.
Moss's legacy during his time in the league is mixed and will probably always stay that way. There is no question that he was an amazing talent that was blessed with every tool in the shed. Nicknamed the "Freak" for his superhuman abilities, during the height of his success in the NFL, Randy was listed as 6'4", 215 lbs, and was constantly referred to after Deion Sanders left the league, as the fastest player in pads. But, despite his natural ability, Randy was often labeled as moody, lazy, and a distraction. Despite being one of the most productive players during his 13 years in the league, the stick on Randy was that he only worked hard when he wanted to. Any Raider fan in The Bay will tell you that much. And off the field, whether it was his recreational use of marijuana, legal problems, or his disbelief in the banking system (who can blame him?), Randy has often been labeled as a trouble maker. This being said, even with the negative press that he has routinely gotten, the NFL as well as any fan of the game, will miss him and his amazing abilities this coming season.
Randy Moss has left his mark on the NFL and will surely be missed. He has played for the Vikings, the Raiders, the Patriots, and will retire as a Tennessee Titan. It was said a couple months ago by his agent, Joel Segal, that Moss prior to the ending of the lockout, was training twice a day and was coming into the 2011 season in the best shape of his life. A bold statement indeed, especially for a guy who broke the single season record for touchdown catches in 2007. What's next for Randy Moss? What is to make of his illustrious yet controversial career? So long Randy Moss, thanks for the memories...
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