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All-Time Great NFL Wide Receiver Randy Moss Retires

| by Alex Groberman

One of the most talented-yet-difficult wide receivers in NFL history, Randy Moss, announced his retirement from football on Monday.

Both ESPN and the NFL Network confirmed the report via Moss’ agent, Joel Segal. The retirement, apparently, was the byproduct of a lack of interest in the future Hall of Famer for the upcoming 2011 season.

After 13 years in the league, Moss retires with 954 career receptions for 14,858 yards and 153 touchdowns. Over the course of his storied career, the 34-year-old Moss played for the Minnesota Vikings, Oakland Raiders, New England Patriots and Tennessee Titians. With excellent size, speed and hands, Moss will remembered for having the uncanny ability to give opponents -- and his own team -- massive headaches.

After being drafted 21st overall in the 1998 NFL Draft by the Vikings out of Marshall University, Moss was named the offensive rookie of the year. He spent seven years with Minnesota before being traded to the Raiders in 2005. Moss’ time in Oakland was marred in disappointment, highlighted by a horrid 42 catches for 553 yards in 2006 – a showing that led many to assume that Moss was done.

Shortly thereafter, the Raiders traded Moss to the Patriots where the oft-troubled wide receiver rejuvenated his career. Forming one of the most feared tandems in football history with Tom Brady, the pair went on to perform in historic fashion in 2007, setting the record for receiving touchdowns in a single season and leading the team to an 18-1 year. The Patriots eventually fell in the Super Bowl to the New York Giants after an undefeated run up to that point, marking the only Super Bowl showing of Moss’ career.

Things would eventually go bad in New England as well, with both parties parting ways last year. The former Marshall standout landed with the Titans for the final eight games of 2010, and ended up only catching six passes for 80 yards.

Moss made seven Pro Bowls over the course of his career and ranks second all-time in receiving touchdowns.