Randy Moss is 38 years old and hasn’t played an NFL game since 2012, when he caught just 28 passes with the 49ers. But Moss also fits into that special category of “never say never” because of his freakish athletic talent and whimsical personality. As such, when he starts making noise about a comeback … well, it’s at least appropriate to listen. And he did just that Sunday on FOX. Pro Football Talk notes the exchange:
“I actually have not lost the itch,” Moss told Curt Menefee of FOX. “I’ve been working out with a few guys over the offseason. I have been retired for the last two years, but you never know, Curt. But it’s the love of the game that I still have inside of me.”
Replied Menefee: “That’s not a commitment that you’re gonna be here beside us the rest of the year. It doesn’t sound like it. Are you thinking [about a return to football]?”
Said Moss with a big smile, “Hey, I don’t know. The sky’s the limit for me, Curt. So we’ll just have to wait and see.”
Look: Moss hasn’t really been a big-time factor as an NFL receiver since 2009, his last 1,000-yard season (with New England). The next year began the down slide, including his ill-fated and short-lived (although awesome in some ways, still) return to the Vikings.
But belief is a powerful thing. And Moss has never been short on belief in his own abilities. The heart wants what it wants. And if Moss wants to play … well, he might get to play.
When Brett Favre came to the Vikings in 2009 (and, in fact, played with Moss a year later), I think a lot of us learned that nothing should be ruled out. Kevin Garnett’s return to the Timberwolves last year cemented that fact.
Moss is, after all, younger than Favre was when the ol’ gunslinger crossed over to the other side of the Vikings/Packers rivalry. And if Moss is going to come back, the team that might actually make the most sense is the Packers.
Star receiver Jordy Nelson was injured Sunday, with the fear being that he suffered a torn ACL. If Moss is going to come back, it’s with a proven QB like Aaron Rodgers, in a situation where he might win a Super Bowl. For as much as we kid about Green Bay, the Packers certainly fit that description.
Favre in Purple. Moss in green. Why not, right? It would just add one more level to the rivalry.