Randy Moss’s football career might be over, but his fùtbol career is just beginning.
The 14-year NFL veteran recently signed a contract with the Charlotte Independence, a team in the United Soccer League. “Ahead of Saturday’s season opener versus the Charleston Battery, the Charlotte Independence announced the signing of former football wide receiver, Randy Moss. Pending United Soccer League (USL) and U.S. Soccer approval, the 40-year-old rookie will wear number 84 for the Independence,” the team wrote in a press release.
Now, it’s worth noting that the Independence’s first game is on April 1st. Could this be nothing more than a well-crafted April Fool’s joke? That’s certainly a possibility, but let’s consider for a second what Moss might look like on a soccer field.
For one, he’ll be playing goalie. Considering Moss grew up dominating at two sports where you need to use your hands—football and basketball—that’s probably the best position for him. At 6-foot-4, 210 pounds, Moss can cut an intimidating figure as a keeper. He’s also still in fantastic shape. He completed a Spartan Trifecta in 2016. That means he completed each of the three varieties of Spartan Races (Sprint, Super and Beast) within one calendar year. He’s also been performing regular CrossFit workouts, and he leads a bi-weekly free fitness boot camp in Charlotte. “Renewing my career is something that I’ve thought about for a long time now,” Moss said in the press release. “I’m excited to get started with the Charlotte Independence and show the world that I can be a two-sport athlete.”
“I don’t know too much about y’all’s sport, but you see I got these gloves. Y’all kick it too hard and it’s gonna get blocked,” Moss tells his new teammates in the above video. As much as we feel like this might all be a publicity stunt, we also really want to see Randy Moss play in a professional soccer game.