Since the start of the postseason, a lot of attention has been put on Baltimore Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis and his “last ride.” There is no doubt that Super Bowl XLVII will be the last game for Lewis, but can the same be said for another future Hall of Famer that will be on the opposite sideline?
San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Randy Moss has done just about everything there is for a receiver to do in the NFL, except for win a Super Bowl title. In Moss’ 14-year career, he has won Offensive Rookie of the Year, was named to seven Pro Bowls, was a five-time All-Pro, has played in three conference championship games, and will be participating in his second Super Bowl.
Moss came ever so close to the Lombardi Trophy on two occasions. In the 1998 season, as a member of the Minnesota Vikings, an overtime loss to the Atlanta Falcons prevented Moss and one of the best offenses in league history from playing for the world championship. Nine years later, Moss and the New England Patriots were on the verge of making history in Super Bowl XLII by finishing the entire season undefeated, but the New York Giants handed them their only loss of the year.
After leaving New England following Week 4 of the regular season in 2010, Moss went on to return to the Vikings, only to be waived by Minnesota four games later. The Tennessee Titans then claimed the veteran receiver and was a non-factor for the remainder of the year.
Prior to the 2011 season, Moss announced his retirement, only to return as a member of the 49ers in 2012. It’s apparently clear that Moss joined San Francisco simply because they had a great chance of winning a championship. It’s also evident that Moss is no longer the go-to guy he once was in the passing game. This regular season, Moss had only 28 catches for 434 yards and three touchdowns (the numbers of a typical role player).
If the 49ers do end up winning the Super Bowl, I think that it will be safe to say that Moss will take his ring and call it a career. He definitely doesn’t want to continue his career as the third or fourth option in an offense.
As mentioned before, Moss has done everything there is to do as a receiver. He’s a first-ballot Hall of Famer, and the only thing he needs to top off this stellar career is the opportunity to call himself a champion.
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