NFL: Randy Moss to Unretire, No Sign of Brett Favre Yet

Chris ElliottContributor IIIFebruary 13, 2012

EDEN PRAIRIE, MN - OCTOBER 7:  Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Randy Moss answers questions from the media during a press conference at Winter Park on October 7, 2010 in Eden Prairie, Minnesota.  (Photo by Adam Bettcher/Getty Images)
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There was a time when men, in the twilight of their careers, walked regally off into the sunset and were rarely seen or heard from again. What we were left with was the legend, the legacy of a man not a broken down shell of former glory. Then Brett Favre happened. It has now become common practice to retire and unretire as frequently as you change undershirts. 

There are always reasons to rethink your retirement or prolong the need to retire. For Bobby Bowden and the late Joe Paterno there was a record at stake. For Tiki Barber there was the need for another paycheck, for Ric Flair and Hulk Hogan there is apparently the competition to see who can ruin their reputation as well as pass away in the ring first. 

For Randy Moss, I believe it is the issue of pride. I believe that he honestly thinks that he can still compete with the younger, more athletic, YOUNGER wide receivers that are popping up in the NFL (plus when he is not on the field no one mentions him). The problem with this thinking does not lie in if he actually can physically keep up (I tend to think he has been on a bit of a decline) but that he may not be able to convince any team that he is worth the opportunity. 

Look at the former superstar known as T.O. Terrell Owens is possibly the best looking physical specimen in football. At 38, he is still playing football and probably even at a high level personally but no NFL team would touch him.

Even with injuries amassing to wide receivers, Owens could not find a team to sign him. Why? The same reason Randy Moss may be joining T.O. in the Arena League, he is a locker room cancer. Moss has a reputation of taking plays off, dogging it at practice and even biting the hand that feeds him (as he showed in his brief second spell with the Vikings). The term DIVA wide receiver was made for guys like him.

But all it takes is one team. All it takes is for some G.M. to say "Randy Moss... Yeah he's worth the risk." To be honest I hope this happens. As much as I do not like the man as a man, I think that he is a fantastic athlete and I would love to see Randy Moss erase all the bad press and finish his career with a renewed reputation and maybe a ring. 

Either way the good news in all of this is that there is still no news coming out of Mississippi, and for that we can be thankful.