Randy Moss doesn’t seem like a Monday morning kind of guy. Mondays suck, and they’re the most loathed day of the week. They lack excitement of any kind, and the initial hours of the work week are usually filled with sluggish faces embarking on another 40-hour journey.
Moss is more of a Friday guy, because every time he speaks something happens. Sometimes he’ll piss of a notoriously tight-lipped coach and stamp his ticket out of New England, or maybe he’ll host a game show called “straight cash homie.” The games never end with Moss, but the one thing he could be praised for is realizing when he wasn’t wanted, and walking away from the game earlier this year.
His retirement in early August was a rare moment of logic from a player whose career often redefined illogical, and he separated himself from Terrell Owens, the other diva of his generation who’s holding on far too long.
Now it looks like Moss’ period of logical thinking has abruptly ended.
About 500 viewers watched a Moss USTREAM this morning, with Moss himself proud of that number at 9:45 a.m on a Monday. What at first appeared to be some random rantings from a receiver who’s made talking a hobby turned into much more, as Moss announced that he’s coming out of retirement, and plans to play football next year.
Here’s the money quote (via CBS Sports):
“I wanna play football. Your boy is going to come back here and play some football, so I’m really excited. I had some things I had to adjust in my life.”
Moss’ USTREAM appearance was originally intended to commemorate his 35th birthday, and you’re excused if you had difficulty gauging the seriousness of a chat that was also highlighted by Moss pulling out a bag of his recently cut hair that smelled like sauerkraut. See, definitely not Monday morning material.
If this isn’t just talk, he’ll be attempting to join Owens and Chad Ochocinco as the league’s elderly receivers who are far past their prime. But there’s a difference with Moss, because Owens has a fall-back option, even if it’s just a gig in the lowly Indoor Football League where he’s also a part owner.
And although he’ll likely be cut and he played very sparingly, Ocho was still an active player this past season. So even once he’s released by Bill Belichick, there’s at least faint hope that Ochocinco can continue to contribute as a veteran leader for a rebuilding team somewhere. Moss doesn’t even fit that description after being entirely out of football for a year, and his 2010 production leaves very little to be desired.
Owens has been out of football for a full season too, but he can legitimately argue that he posted solid numbers with his last employer when he finished with 983 receiving yards and nine touchdowns over 14 games in Cincinnati. That same year Moss faded dramatically, and had just 393 receiving yards, which was 871 less than his total to end 2009.
Moss infamously split 2010 between three teams after being jettisoned from New England, and then ditched by the Vikings during their meltdown season that included the former Marshall stud insulting Minnesota’s finest catering. He was then claimed by Tennessee, where he had just six receptions over eight games.
Much like Ochocinco, he’s an offensive afterthought now, and his only remaining value is contained solely in his name, and his ability to make people talk about Randy Moss. We’ll be happy to oblige in the dreary early days of the offseason, and that’ll be the extent of Moss’ impact.