John Riggins is one of many NFL players who left the league for at least a season (for one reason or another) to return to later contribute at a solid and, in some cases, spectacular fashion.
Some other notable standouts who either retired, were injured or were benched for most or all of a season (or more) but who came back to play well have included: Kurt Warner, Mike Vick, Trent Green, Willis McGahee, Ricky Williams, Plaxico Burress, Deion Sanders, Randall Cunningham, Joe Montana and Jerry Rice, among others.
Running backs typically hit the wall at age 30. The position takes a tremendous toll on the body, as would be obvious.
For a receiver, 35 is often looked at like 30 for a RB.
Riggins, though, took a year off and came back to notch two of his best seasons ever at the age of 34 and 35.
During the 1983 season at 34, for example, Riggins earned an All-Pro birth and the NFL Player of the Year Award while helping lead the Washington Redskins to a Super Bowl appearance (after winning the Super Bowl the season before).
It is interesting to point out that Moss and Riggins are both generally regarded as laid-back men. Perhaps Moss has truly looked at his life and gotten serious at making the most of this prospective comeback, something that the similarly-natured Riggins apparently did.
In speaking of his departure from the game last summer, Moss has said that he "had some things I had to adjust in my life."
Before Riggins' return, Riggins stated, "I'm bored, I'm broke and I'm back."
Moss appeared bored himself in 2010. Perhaps he realized that life after football was even more boring than playing a sport that helped make him stack major money and become an all-time NFL great.
If so, the well-rested and supposedly rejuvenated Moss could ultimately be "back" to his Pro Bowl form in 2012, just as a reinvigorated Riggins was some two decades previously.
Riggins returned to the game at an age (32) when he was supposedly over-the-hill as a running back. In retrospect, however, he was clearly not finished.
Moss, at 35, could get the chance to show the same.
Moss' agent Segal says Moss has "something to prove." It looks like he may get the chance to do just that.
Why not prove himself on wide-receiver-starved St. Louis, who has a thing or two to prove itself?