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Moss ends his retirement, sets sights on NFL return

  • By Dan Hanzus NFL.com
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Randy Moss celebrated his 35th birthday Monday by announcing the end of his short-lived retirement.

Randy Moss already is a sure Hall of Famer, but he's not ready to call it a career yet.
Randy Moss already is a sure Hall of Famer, but he's not ready to call it a career yet. (Joe Howell/Associated Press)

"I just wanna go to a team and play some football," the six-time Pro Bowl wide receiver said on a video posted at the website Ustream.tv, according to ProFootballTalk.com.

Moss didn't play in 2011 after a turbulent 2010 season that included stops with the Patriots, Vikings and Titans. He said Monday he retired because of issues he needed to address off the field, but his family has since told him, "It's fine, whatever you wanna do."

"Faith, family and football, that's my M.O., bro," Moss said in the video. "Your boy be back for the upcoming season."

The next question becomes what kind of interest the veteran will receive on the open market. It's believed he has a good relationship with the Patriots despite his ugly departure from the team in October 2010. Other teams surely would consider Moss if he proves he still has the speed to stretch defenses.

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But Moss also is at an age when many receivers find themselves out of football. Of course, Moss isn't most receivers. His 153 touchdown catches are tied with Terrell Owens for second on the career list, and he's also fifth in yards (14,858) and ninth in receptions (954).

Coincidentally, Owens serves as something of a cautionary figure for Moss to consider. Owens, 38, was unable to find work in the NFL this season and recently signed with the Allen (Texas) Wranglers of the Indoor Football League.

Like Owens, Moss had a reputation of being a disruptive force at times during his NFL career. Whether or not that image puts Moss in position to receive a similarly chilly NFL response remains to be seen.

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