Randy Moss is returning to the NFL.
Or at least he’d like to think he is.
The former Vikings, Raiders, Patriots and Titans receiver, who announced his retirement last year – but only after he got no significant contract offers – said on his personal USTREAM channel today that he wants to come back.
“I just wanna go to a team and play some football,” said Moss, who turned 35 today. “The real Moss is on his way back to the NFL. I didn't want to make no splash, that's why I left it on Moss TV.”
Moss took questions from viewers, and amplified on his reasoning for wanting to come back, as well as his decision to retire in the first place.
“No, I do not regret retiring,” he said. “I really think I am because retiring… I had to really get out of the fast lane and really get a grasp on what was going on in my real life. I'm okay. I'm okay. I'm happy to be in the position I'm in. I've been playing football since I was 6-years old. I don't think y'all really realize that. The day I retired took a lot to call it quits, took a lot of guts.”
Moss also paid tribute to the late Myra Kraft, the wife of Patriots owner Robert Kraft who died last May after a long bout with cancer. Moss dropped strong hints last year that he’d consider playing with the Patriots, but a contract offer never came. Moss starred for the Patriots’ 2007 team that went 16-0 in the regular season and then lost to the Giants in Super Bowl XLII.
"The impact she had on the guys… It's very hard for a woman to have that sort of an impact on that sport. That man lost his other half, man. I still have to show my support because she was a hell of a woman, for real. When I came to New England she embraced me with open arms. She told me, ‘We wouldn't have brought you here if we didn't think you can do great things.’”
Just because Moss says he’s ready to play doesn’t mean he’ll actually return to the league. After all, a team has to have interest before he can come back, and it remains to be seen whether he’ll get any offers. Former NFL receiver Terrell Owens said he, too, wants to keep playing, but no team signed him during the 2011 season. Owens is now playing indoor football for a team in Texas.