While all the news hype is on Ray Lewis as his quest to win a championship in his final season is big, there’s another Hall of Famer who is in the same situation come next Sunday.
After three catches for 46 yards against the Atlanta Falcons, Randy Moss has a solid chance to walk away from the game with a Super Bowl ring. Of course, it’ll ultimately be up to the San Francisco 49ers overall play whether they win, but it would mean seeing Moss go out in a “blaze of glory” in his 14th season.
As the second greatest wide receiver of all-time behind 49er legend Jerry Rice, this isn’t the way you would want to end your career, but this is his second time being in the Super Bowl with the first previously being with the New England Patriots in 2008 which ended in a 17-14 loss to the New York Giants.
This time the role Moss is playing has changed. In 2008, Moss was the star receiver on arguably the greatest offense the NFL has ever seen, but this time he’s simply a role player behind Vernon Davis and Michael Crabtree.
This 49ers team looks complete. Based on what I’ve seen from the last few playoff games, they have quality at almost every position on both sides of the ball.
If Moss can get open deep or open the field up for the other players on the team, he can easily get his team into position to win the big game as he’s still a threat, if his threat is based on nothing but his name.
I think the 49ers will handle the Ravens and Moss rides out on a high horse into retirement. If anyone in the league deserves a ring at this moment it’s Moss and his chance comes in less than a week. Hopefully he makes an impact in this Super Bowl.