49ers' Moss gets surprise second shot at Super Bowl

Tue Jan 22, 2013 7:39pm EST
 
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By Simon Evans

(Reuters) - At his peak Randy Moss had a reputation for being as temperamental as he was talented.

But now, credited with being a mentor and a wise voice of experience in the San Francisco 49ers locker room, the 35-year-old wide receiver is making an unexpected trip back to the Super Bowl in the twilight of his career.

Moss had a touchdown for the New England in his only Super Bowl, at the end of the 2007 season, collecting on a six-yard pass from Tom Brady to put the Patriots ahead before Eli Manning led the New York Giants on a game-winning drive.

It is surprising that the Brady-Moss combination, which produced a single-season record 23 touchdown receptions for the receiver in that year, did not deliver a Super Bowl ring.

Certainly Moss's four seasons in New England did enough to put him in line for a place in the Pro Football of Fame.

"He's probably the smartest receiver I've ever coached," said Patriots coach Bill Belichick.

But now Moss has an unexpected second chance to finally slip on a Super Bowl ring, championship a little over a year after he turned his back on the game of American football.

After being surprisingly cut by the Patriots early in the 2010 season, Moss's once-stellar career faded quickly.   Continued...

 
San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Randy Moss (L) shakes hands with head coach Jim Harbaugh after the 49ers defeated the Atlanta Falcons to win the NFL NFC Championship football game in Atlanta, Georgia January 20, 2013. REUTERS/Sean Gardner