After year off, Moss eyes return to NFL

February, 13, 2012
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US PresswireAfter wearing three different uniforms in 2010, Randy Moss looks to return to the field after not playing in 2011.
Randy Moss decided to celebrate his 35th birthday with a present to himself. Moss announced that he intends to return to the NFL after a year away from the league.

He did not play in 2011. On Aug. 1, 2011, his agent said that Moss was considering offers from several teams, but made the decision to retire.

Moss finished 2010 with career lows in receptions (28) and receiving yards (393). He was traded from the New England Patriots to the Minnesota Vikings in midseason and then cut by Minnesota, ultimately finishing the year with the Tennessee Titans. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Moss was just the third first-round draft pick to play for three teams in a single season.

His 2010 numbers looked more like those of a backup wide receiver than a six-time Pro Bowl participant. Despite starting 11 games, Moss ranked 117th in receiving yards and tied for 149th in receptions

Moss ranks in the top five in NFL history in receiving yards (fifth with 14,858), receiving TD (tied for second with 153) and 100-yard receiving games (second with 64). Moss, Jerry Rice and Terrell Owens are the only players to rank in the top five in each of those categories.

He owns the league's single-season record for receiving TD, recording 23 as the Patriots posted the first 16-0 regular season in league history in 2007. He also has the single-season rookie record for receiving TD, registering 17 with the 1998 Vikings.

One of the best deep threats in league history, he has 29 touchdowns of at least 50 yards. Only Jerry Rice, with 36, has more.

Regular-season success hasn't translated to the postseason. His teams were 6-6 in playoff games he appeared in, including a 1-3 mark in conference championship games and Super Bowls. Moss had five catches for 62 yards and a TD in the Patriots loss in Super Bowl XLII, his only Super Bowl appearance.

Moss isn't the only high-profile player to attempt to return to the NFL after retiring. Recent retiree Ricky Williams ran for nearly 3,000 yards after initially retiring in 2004. Hall of Famers Reggie White and Deion Sanders each resumed careers after taking time off.

Not everyone who hopes to return is as successful. Last summer, former New York Giants running back Tiki Barber attempted to return to the NFL after missing four seasons. He failed to sign with any team.

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