FOXBORO, Mass. — Bill Belichick was hesitant Tuesday to speak about Randy Moss' retirement.
Maybe it's because of the state of professional sports these days, when retirements can last as long as celebrity marriages. Or, maybe Belichick knows something that no one else does.
Either way, Moss' agent told ESPN that his client was retiring Monday, and Belichick offered his thoughts when asked about the subject.
"I think I've said many times that Randy is one of the great players that I've had the opportunity to coach," Belichick said. "I don't know that I've seen him make that announcement. Maybe I missed it. Has Randy been quoted on that?"
When told that Moss' agent made the announcement, Belichick responded, "I don't want to speak for Randy, but of course I think he was a great player. I think that will be recognized in time, at some point, really how exceptional of a player he was. He made a lot of contributions to our football team during the time he was here. I enjoyed coaching him, and I enjoyed our relationship off the field as well as on the field."