Just ask Brett Favre: For some NFL players, the hardest part is letting go.
Randy Moss last played an NFL game in 2012 with the San Francisco 49ers and since has begun a promising broadcast career; he’s currently an analyst on ESPN’s “Sunday NFL Countdown” show. He also is staying very active, as his busy schedule includes training for Spartan races and hosting a CrossFit bootcamp in Charlotte.
But Moss says all that activity is just to take his mind away from thoughts of playing football again.
“It’s just keeping me busy,” Moss said Monday in an interview with SI.com. “When you’re sort of bored with life, you really start to have negative thoughts and think about negative things. … 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.”
While Moss said as recently as last year he still has the “itch” to return to the gridiron, the 39-year-old admitted he’s come to terms with watching from the sideline.
“Now that I’m older, I look at the game and still miss it,” Moss said. “But at the same time now is a time for me to give back and teach the game.”
Yet that didn’t stop the outspoken, six-time Pro Bowler from predicting how he’d fare if he suited up for a full 16-game season.
“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.”
Moss hasn’t caught nine or more TDs since 2009 with the New England Patriots, but we wouldn’t put it past him.
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