In the midst of a quasi-retirement, Randy Moss appears to be joining the ranks of the media.
The former Vikings, Raiders, Titans, 49ers and Patriots receiver has a “tentative” deal with FOX, according to Pro Football Talk, that will place him on television in the near future. Mike Florio outlines his “plan” here:
The full scope of his duties isn’t currently known, but Moss is expected to contribute to FOX Football Daily on the new FOX Sports 1, a show that will feature Curt Menefee, Jay Glazer, Brian Urlacher, and Ronde Barber. Moss also could appear on the new all-sports network on Sundays, too.
That sounds, to me, like a fairly prominent role for the future Hall-of-Famer, but it would seemingly end any hope of a return to the field. After a less than inspiring 28-catch season with San Francisco, the writing was on the wall for “the end” for Randy, but this news comes seemingly out of nowhere.
As far as television is concerned, I believe he will be tremendous. He has that semi-unique quality of a willingness to say whatever crosses his mind (example: calling himself the best receiver of all-time in a world where Jerry Rice exists), and that will play well. I’m unsure of how effective his delivery will be on the set, but if he can get some polish to his opinions, he could join the ranks of effective analysts in short order.
I’m positive that this wasn’t how Randy Moss (or his fans) saw his career ending, but it was a great one while it lasted.