Monday, August 1, 2011
Randy Moss and the record book
Randy Moss has called it a career after 13 seasons that saw him catch 954 passes for 14,858 yards and 153 touchdowns. Moss, Jerry Rice and Terrell Owens are the only players to rank in the top five in NFL history in receiving yards, touchdown receptions and 100-yard games.
The six-time Pro Bowler finished his career with 29 touchdowns of at least 50 yards. Only Rice (36) had more.
However, Moss’ regular-season success didn’t translate in the postseason. His teams were a combined 6-6 in playoff games he appeared in, including 1-3 in conference championship games and the Super Bowl. He recorded 47 receptions for 865 yards and 10 TD in 12 postseason games, including five catches for 62 yards and a touchdown in the Patriots' loss to the New York Giants in Super Bowl XLII -- his only Super Bowl appearance.
One of the lasting memories of Moss will be his final season. Playing for the New England Patriots, Minnesota Vikings and Tennessee Titans in 2010, Moss finished with career lows in receptions (28) and receiving yards (393). Last season also was the only year in his career that he did not have a single 100-yard receiving game. He had no receptions in five games last season, compared to just four from 1998-2009.
Some other Moss memories:
• Owns the league’s single-season record for receiving touchdowns with 23 in 2007.
• Has the single-season rookie record for receiving TD, 17 in 1998.
• Only players in NFL history who have scored more touchdowns than Moss’ 154: Rice (205), Emmitt Smith (175), LaDainian Tomlinson (159) and Owens (156).