On Monday, ESPN's Adam Schefter broke the news that future Hall of Fame wide receiver Randy Moss has decided to retire. If Moss sticks to that decision -- and we're not 100% positive at this time that he won't pull a Brett Favre -- the NFL has lost the biggest deep threat it has ever seen.
In my book, Jerry Rice was the best all-around receiver ever. Hands down. But Moss was the most dangerous over the top because of his speed, hands, and ability to go up and get the ball over single, double, and sometimes triple coverage. Second all time in career touchdowns and fifth in yards, he dominated, when motivated to do so, like few other receivers ever have.
Unfortunately, he didn't always play with passion, and on more than one occasion appeared to give up on his team. And, despite having the numbers to easily be a first-ballot Hall of Famer, his disappearing acts with the Vikings, Raiders, and Titans could hurt him in the eyes of voters when he becomes eligible for enshrinement in five years.
Regardless, Moss was a rare talent who thrilled us with highlight catch after highlight catch throughout his career, and at some point his number will be called in Canton.