Randy Moss: Moss' Retirement Is Final Act of the NFL's Ultimate Quitter
For years, Randy Moss quit on plays, on teams, and today, he quit on himself.
Moss has retired after 13 years in the NFL, and had established himself as a future Hall of Fame player as he tried to bring his career back from the brink of extinction. The former Minnesota and New England standout was coming off of a pathetic stint with the Tennessee Titans, and had made it clear that he was in great shape.
It seemed like the deep threat was going wow us all once more, and all of a sudden, he retires, leaving us wondering what happened. For years, we wondered what we would get from the troublesome wide receiver, and sometimes he left us in amazement of his skill set, and at others, we couldn't help but shake our head, wondering if he would ever get it.
Now, we don't know what to think.
The last year of his career was the fitting summation of his legacy, as he made the incredible one-handed catch against the Jets, only to waste a golden opportunity with the Patriots. He landed in his original home, Minnesota, quickly wearing out his welcome, ending up in Tennessee, where he looked disinterested and uninspired.
At times, it was like he wasn't even there, and the NFL's ultimate game changer was a pathetic non-factor, reduced to standing on the sidelines, looking like a man who just wanted to go home. His talk of hunger and desire to prove people wrong was nothing more than a smokescreen as top contenders refused to come calling in the offseason, frustrating the former Pro Bowl wideout.
Instead of waiting it out and working to get a job with a top contender, Moss decided to quit when he didn't get his way, much like he has at other times in his career. We have seen him quit time and time again, and now, he's out of football without a Super Bowl ring to his name and a laundry list of incidents that will forever pockmark his Hall of Fame credentials.
When Moss gets his bust in Canton, we'll remember the highlight reel catches, the problems off of the field and all of the things that went into making the enigmatic wideout who he was. Shortly after that, we'll all talk about how Moss quit when the going got tough in the twilight of his career.
It truly is a fitting end for a man who never had the heart for adversity at the NFL level.
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