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Updated: February 13th, 2012 11:00am
After a season away, Randy Moss expresses desire to return to NFL

After a season away, Randy Moss expresses desire to return to NFL

by Judd Zulgad
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Evidently Randy Moss wasn't ready to retire after all.

The former Minnesota Vikings wide receiver announced Monday morning that he wants to return to professional football in 2012. 

"I wanna play football," Moss said on UStream (per "Your boy is going to come back here and play some football, so I'm really excited. I had some things I had to adjust in my life."

Moss, who played for the Vikings from 1998 to 2004 and again briefly in 2010, retired in August. He left the game with 954 catches for 14,858 yards and 153 touchdowns in 13 seasons. Moss' touchdown total is tied with Terrell Owens for second on all-time list. His yardage total ranks fifth in NFL history and he's ninth in receptions.

Moss spent time in 2010 with New England, Vikings and Tennessee.

The Vikings acquired Moss and a 2012 seventh-round draft pick from the Patriots in October for a third-round pick in 2011 in hopes of adding a veteran wide receiver to help Brett Favre. However, Moss' time with the team lasted only four games.

He was released in early November after a postgame profanity-laced tirade in the locker room following a loss at New England. Moss also gave a bizarre postgame press conference that day in which he did not take any questions and talked about his love for the Patriots organization.

Moss, who has led the NFL in touchdown catches five times and is a six-time Pro Bowl selection, finished that season with a career-low 28 receptions for 393 yards and five touchdowns.

Moss said his family has given him their blessing to return. "Faith, family, and football, that's my M.O., bro," he said. 

Judd Zulgad is a columnist for He co-hosts "Mackey & Judd" from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. weekdays and "Saturday Morning SportsTalk" from 10 a.m. to noon on 1500 ESPN Twin Cities.
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In this story: Brett Favre, Randy Moss