Randy Moss, who is doing a splendid job at ESPN, sat down for an interview with SI’s Jonathan Jones earlier this week. At 39 years old, Moss is busy with myriad activities, including broadcasting in Connecticut for Sunday NFL Countdown and on the road for Monday Night, Spartan races, running fitness bootcamps, and watching his son’s football games at NC State.
Nevertheless, Moss says that he is filling the void left by his own football career, and he still has a lot of confidence in his talent:
“It’s just keeping me busy. When you’re sort of bored with life you really start to have negative thoughts and think about negative things,” Moss told SI.com Monday night in ESPN’s trailer before the Buccaneers-Panthers game. “For the most part I try to stay busy and that’s a good thing. Fitness, health I’ve always been into that no matter what people have said about me. Now that I’m older, physically, I’m in the best shape of my life. […]
“Where I’m at closing on 40 years old,” Moss said, “I think being able to use me inside the 40-yard line for my height, still my skill set, still have quickness, I think my speed has left a little bit. But my skillset, 16 games, I’d say anywhere between nine to 12 or 13 touchdowns. Somewhere in there.”
Physically, it does seem like Moss could still compete. However, my personal opinion is that the touchdown figure he estimates for himself is a bit lofty. In 2010, he played for three different teams, and may or may not have called into a Nashville radio station to blast Jeff Fisher.
Moss was out of the league in 2011, and in a full season in San Francisco in 2012 caught just 28 balls for 434 yards and 3 touchdowns. If Moss were to reach double-digit touchdowns in 2016, he would have to be like the 3rd option on a really good offense where opposing defenses really had to key in on someone like Julio Jones on the other side of the field.
It doesn’t seem likely we’ll ever see a Randy Moss NFL comeback, but let nobody say that the prospect of the idea is not interesting.