Randy Moss Retires: Why He Jumped the Gun with Retirement

Brandon Galvin@bgny3Featured ColumnistAugust 1, 2011

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - OCTOBER 11:  Randy Moss #84 of the Minnesota Vikings looks on against the New York Jets at New Meadowlands Stadium on October 11, 2010 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. The Jets won 29-20.  (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
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I’m absolutely floored and you should be too.

Future Hall of Famer Randy Moss has once again stunned the football world by abruptly retiring in the midst of the current post-lockout free-agent frenzy.

Just when you think he could be going to Super Bowl contenders (the Jets or Eagles), he retires?! Are you kidding me?

This is absurd—absolutely absurd—and I’m upset. Moss is one of the greatest receivers in the history of our beloved game and he decided to call it quits without adding to his immense legacy.

Yet as shocking as it is, it's classic Randy.

He’s been a quitter throughout his career and he once again quits from the NFL instead of going to training camp. Yet this time, he didn’t quit on his teammates, he quit on himself.

The only man who will be truly hurt by his retirement is Randy himself.

Moss is still the No. 1 deep threat in this league. He could have very well put a team over the top. He would have certainly received offers from receiver-needy teams, but instead of waiting it out after one week, he decides to retire.

So you mean to tell me Randy wants to win so badly that he refused to accept a deal after weighing his options? He decided to jump the gun and retire instead of waiting for the season to commence? It’s ridiculous.

Moss reportedly spent the entire lockout positioning himself to dominate the league again and he's choosing to throw away all of that hard work and dedication? For what? To miss training camp? Because New England shunned him, traded for Chad Ochocinco and gave him the three-year deal that Moss wanted?

Please, get off your high horse, Randy. You could’ve taken a one-year deal to play for a Super Bowl contender. Why not join the Jets on a one-year deal and get back at the Patriots?

Does he really think the Jets wouldn’t welcome him with open arms, despite adding Plaxico Burress on a one-year deal?

New Yorkers, imagine Moss, Plaxico and Santonio Holmes as Mark Sanchez’s options. Maybe not to you, but to me it smells like a third-straight AFC championship appearance and the receiving corps to take the team to the Super Bowl.

That’s what this season was about more than anything else, Randy—a Super Bowl appearance. Instead of coming back to the league in tip-top shape, you’re going to let everyone’s lasting image of you on the field be for the lowly Tennessee Titans? 

It’s pathetic that Moss would rather retire than redeem his atrocious 2010 season in which he was bounced around the league playing for three different teams, only accumulating 28 receptions for 393 yards and five touchdowns.

Give me a break, Randy. That’s how you want to be remembered? That’s what you want your lasting image to be? You, disgruntled to no end, jogging on the field and frowning on the sidelines?

Good job, Randy. Instead of proving your believers right, you proved your doubters right. So much for being a team player and repairing your terrible 2010 image.

You could’ve destroyed defenses for any one of these Super Bowl contenders. You would have been the difference maker if you allowed yourself to be. Forget Nnamdi Asomugha, Chad Ochocinco and Kevin Kolb. It could’ve been you making the headlines this season.

If you don’t have the respect for yourself to show everyone that you have what it takes to compete at a high level again, then why should I? I’ve defended you time and time again this entire offseason. I praise you 24/7!!! And this what you do to me?! You expect me to learn from this? How? I'll never forget this! Ever! Thanks, though.


Brandon Galvin is a Bleacher Report Featured Columnist and Syndicated Writer. 

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