When I heard today that Randy Moss had decided to retire, a certain melancholy fell over me.
Don’t get me wrong, he was the one, that for so many years, was the guy Packers fans loved to hate. Who can possibly forget the spanking he put on the Packers defensive backfield on that rainy night in Green Bay back in 1998. Everything that was thrown to him during that coming out party went for huge yardage. He was a man among boys and continued that type of play game after game and year after year in Minnesota and later in New England.
He was also the guy who did the faux moon to the fans in that playoff game at Lambeau a few years back when the Vikes dismantled the favored, but overrated Packers.
God that pissed off Joe Buck and Packers fans to no end … myself included.
It was bad behavior and poor attitude that Packers fans loved to hate … not only when he was in Minnesota, but also when he was in New England. Watching him fall to defeat with his Patriot teammates in 2007 to the Giants was almost as pleasurable as watching the Packers win when he was with the Vikings
So I’m not sure why I feel bad for him. Maybe it’s because he was so good and we won’t have the chance again to wallow in his failures. When he went back to the Vikings last year, nothing pleased us Packers fans more than to watch him implode and end up in obscurity in Tennessee.
Though he quit as the second all-time in touchdowns and fifth in yards, it was, in a way, sad to see him go away as an afterthought … a whimper.
Moss’s end was much like Brett Favre’s who ended his career (we think) watching a bad Vikings team sink even lower without his leadership at the end of last season.
Even as much as we dislike an athlete who plays for the dreaded enemy, one hates to see them go away like that.
He was a game-changer, the player a defense always had to keep an eye on. But his time has passed. Nobody offered him a place on their roster. Maybe it was attitude; maybe it was a slip in talent.
We won’t know because he leaves the game at the polar opposite of how he entered.
So at this point, all we can say is goodbye, Randy.