August 6, 2011 § Leave a Comment
August 2011 opened with a bang, as the NFL received a scoop unlike many in recent history: according to his agent Joel Segal, Randy Moss was retiring from professional football at age 34 and after 13 seasons.
The reaction was two-fold. On the one hand, many people (exhibit a) did not believe him and tried to call Moss’s bluff for what it was: a simple plea for a team or two to give in to his financial demands for a new contract. Never mind that Moss is not Brett Favre, the professional athlete of today whose word you can definitely doubt when he says he’s retired; Moss is not Tiki Barber neither, broke beyond repair and almost forced to try a comeback at 36 years old and after 5 years away from football. Moss’s decision doesn’t make sense when you consider that he had 83 catches for 1,264 yards and 13 touchdowns in the 2009 season. That is why this decision is hard to accept: Moss can still play football, despite what last year says, and it doesn’t make sense for him to retire. « Read the rest of this entry »