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Santana Moss Adjusting To Life After Football

Posted Dec 17, 2015

Easily one of the best to ever put on a Redskins uniform, Santana Moss faces uncertainty as he looks for the next fulfilling task in a life that was all about football for the longest time.

Easily one of the best to ever put on a Redskins uniform, Santana Moss faces uncertainty as he looks for the next fulfilling task in a life that was all about football for the longest time.

Santana Moss’ life has been so routine oriented for so long that it's practically all he's known.

While the former Redskins wide receiver great is no longer in the game (he hasn’t officially announced his retirement yet), he still approaches each day like he did when playing in the NFL.

“It’s so boring. I swear, man,” Moss said with a smile last week on CSN Mid-Atlantic’s Sports Talk Live. “Like me and B-Mitch [Brian Mitchell] be talking, I mean, I let some weeks go by and months and I’m like, ‘Bro, what am I supposed to do?’ I’m getting up in the morning with my same routine as I’m playing. I’m working out. I have my lunch at the same time and then I’m just stuck on the couch like this can’t be life. So here I am, messing with you guys. “

Moss is easily one of the greatest wide receivers in Washington Redskins history, as the University of Miami product is third all-time in receptions (581), fourth in receiving yards (7,867) and seventh in receiving touchdowns (47).

On three different occasions Moss eclipsed 1,000 yards including his first season in Washington in 2005 when he had perhaps the best moment of his career, grabbing two late touchdowns in the Redskins' comeback victory over the Dallas Cowboys on Monday Night Football.

Unfortunately, just as it has with all the greats, Father Time caught up with Moss over the years, and in 2014 he was active in just 10 games, recording his worst season since his rookie year in 2001.

“To be honest with you, no never,” Moss said of preparing for life doing something other than playing football. “You have in the back of your head, 'I can play forever.' But on the bright side of it, you do think about it, you just don’t want to think about it. I just didn’t know how it was going to be. You know, I have guys that haven’t been playing a few years, they told me the first year is the hardest one. Once it’s over, then you can find out what life is gonna be about, what your routine is going to be about.”

While the Redskins and Moss would move in different directions this past offseason, the 2005 Pro Bowler still pays close attention to Washington.

“I’m tuned in like I’m a Skin,” Moss said. “I am a Skin -- forever a Skin -- but I’m tuned in every Sunday. My kids watching other games, I’m watching the Skins. I’m telling them if they watching the game on my side, turn to the Skins. But, I mean, I can’t miss a game. I feel like if I miss a game I’m letting those guys down. I want to see them. I want to see them do good. I want to see them in their highs and their lows. I just get a kick out of seeing the guys that I played so many years with still out there doing their thing.”

As he begins to embark on the next chapter of his life, one that isn’t so clear to him quite yet, Moss said the biggest thing he’s going to miss “being around the fellas.”  

“I was telling the guys a couple days ago, I will come here and be a part of the team just to go out there and run with you guys, sweat with you guys cause I miss that part of it,” Moss said. “Getting up with you guys and going out there and having that one goal.”

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