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Randy Moss retires after 13 seasons

by Derrick Johnson on August 2, 2011

At his best, Randy Moss was one of the most dominant wide receivers in NFL history, but at his worst he could be one of the most difficult players in the league, and on Monday his up-and-down career came to an end.

ESPN.com reports that Moss announced his retirement on Monday after 13 seasons, just one year after playing for three separate teams amid reports of locker room discontent and questions of his on-field efforts.

"Randy has weighed his options and considered the offers and has decided to retire," Moss' agent Joel Segal said in a released statement.

Moss entered the league in 1998 when he was drafted by the Minnesota Vikings, and immediately made an impact. He scored 17 touchdowns his first season in Minnesota, and managed to score double digit touchdowns in all but one of his seasons in Minnesota. His presence was so noticeable that many defenses devised schemes around trying to stop him.

Though he made a name for himself in Minnesota, he wore out his welcome and in 2005 he was traded to Oakland. However, he was visibly unhappy playing for the Raiders and it appeared as though his career might be waning. A 2007 trade to the Patriots changed all that when he and Tom Brady hooked up for a record 23 touchdowns en route to a perfect regular season. That relationship soon turned sour, though and he was dealt back to Minnesota in 2010, who quickly shipped him to Tennessee.

Despite his difficult personality, Moss' impact on the game cannot be overlooked. His 153 receiving touchdowns places him tied for second all time, and his 14,858 yards puts him at fifth.

"I'm sure he hung it up with no regrets, so I wish the best for him. He had a great career and did a lot of great things," Vikings receiver Percy Harvin told the news source.

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