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Randy Moss: Future Hall of Famer Retires After 13 Years in NFL

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - SEPTEMBER 19:  Jim Leonhard #36 of the New York Jets defends against Randy Moss #81 of the New England Patriots on September 19, 2010 at the New Meadowlands Stadium  in East Rutherford, New Jersey. There was no touchdown on the play.  (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
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Aaron YoungCorrespondent IIIAugust 1, 2011

BREAKING NEWS! Randy Moss has retired according to his agent. The future Hall of Fame wide receiver, who was drafted by the Minnesota Vikings in 1994, was traded by the New England Patriots in 2010.

He had two unsuccessful stays with the Minnesota Vikings and the Tennessee Titans the same season, and he has now decided to retire.

Randy Moss was a freak of nature during his prime, and most people will remember how dominant he was the New England Patriots. Accompanied by Wes Welker, Moss was a force to be reckoned with in every game he played.

Moss holds several NFL records. Some of the most notable are the following records:

  1. Most touchdown receptions in a season – 23 (2007)
  2. Most touchdown receptions by a rookie in a season – 17 (1998)
  3. Most seasons with 17 or more touchdown receptions – 3 (1998, 2003, 2007)
  4. Most seasons with 10 or more touchdown receptions – 9 – tied with Jerry Rice
  5. Fastest player to reach 5,000 career receiving yards – 59 games (broke record of 61 games by Jerry Rice)
  6. Youngest player in NFL history to record his 120th receiving touchdown – (30 years, 313 days)

Though the outstanding wideout does not only hold many records, he is widely considered to be one of best players to ever play the game of football.

The 34-year-old has been elected to the Pro Bowl on seven occasions and he made the All-Pro team five times during the course of his career.

He was also named to the NFL 2000's All-Decade team.

Unfortunately, Randy Moss ended his career a year too late, so he will join the infamous list of players that should have retired while they were still on the top of their game.

However, when it comes to a player of Moss’ quality, history will not judge him for retiring a little later than he should have. Instead, fans, players and history writers will now be pleased that we can all honor his legacy.

Thank you for every moment the world has gotten to watch you play, Randy Moss. It has been a distinct honor. 

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