Randy Moss Thinks He Has What It Takes To Make An NFL Comeback
He’s baaaaaaack. Er, sort of. As of right now, Randy Moss isn’t actually signed to an NFL team. But yesterday, on his 35th birthday, he woke up early and logged onto his UStream account to chat with fans. And during the course of the chat, he talked football, showed off a bag of his hair that he cut off recently, and then announced to the world that he has not played his final game in the NFL. In fact, he says, he’s going to be back in the league later this year in time for the 2012-13 NFL season.
Now, on the surface, that sounds great. As recently as a few years ago, Moss was still one of the best receivers in the league. He’s big. He’s fast. And he knows how to jump up and get the football. He’s also got a great nose for the end zone and, once upon a time, him and Tom Brady were an unstoppable force for the New England Patriots. However, our final images of Moss on the football field are from when he played with the Tennessee Titans at the end of the 2010-11 NFL season. And those images are, well, not good. Moss was incredibly unproductive during his time in Tennessee and it was widely thought that his career was over long before he officially “retired” last August.
So, does that mean that this comeback won’t ultimately end up working out for Moss? I’d say yes…and no. If Moss can find a team to give him a chance and sign him sometime over the course of the next few months, that should give him enough time to learn a new offense, get some reps with his new quarterback under his belt, and be prepared to be productive next season. But it’s worth noting that the Randy Moss of old is not coming back. That ship has sailed. Moss won’t lead the league in yards and touchdowns next season. He won’t make a Pro Bowl. And he’s not going to be the elite talent that he used to be.
These comebacks are never quite as exciting as they are when we first hear about them. In our minds, we think that guys who used to be great are going to comeback and be great again. And that could very well happen with Moss. He could come in and put up career lows and be considered a disappointment on the field. But if he comes back with the right attitude and we realize that he’s no longer the premiere wide receiver that he once was, I think he could really make an impact and help some NFL team. And, if nothing else, it’ll be fun to watch him try and do that.
It’s good to have you back, Randy. Now, let’s see what you’ve got.