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Santana Moss Focused On Present, Not Future

Posted Dec 24, 2014

Santana Moss isn’t worried about the possibility of his career ending soon, because as long as he’s on an NFL roster, he’s invested in contributing to the team.

Santana Moss isn’t worried about the possibility of his career ending soon, because as long as he’s on an NFL roster, he’s invested in contributing to the team’s plans, like on Sunday, when his Redskins wrap up the 2014 season against the Dallas Cowboys.

“At the end of the day, when it’s over, it’s over,” Moss said of his career. “There’s no need to announce it. If someone wants to announce, cool. That’s how I live. It’s not all about me and I’m not trying to be about me, so when it’s done, it’s done.

“Until then, I’m studying to go out there and try to play.”

If Sunday does mark the end of the road for Moss’ NFL career, he’s put together quite the résumé, especially considering he began as a walk-on at the University of Miami.

Drafted by the New York Jets with the 16th-overall pick in the 2001 NFL Draft, Moss was traded to the Redskins on March 10, 2005, in a straight-up wide receiver swap for Laveranues Coles.

Since putting on the burgundy and gold, he’s ripped the heart right out of Dallas numerous times, was named to the Pro Bowl after the 2005 season, has four 1,000-yard seasons to his credit and became a fan favorite in the process.

He also currently ranks near the top in all receiving categories for the Redskins, as he’s third in career receptions (578), fourth in receiving yards (7,842) and seventh in touchdowns (47).

Regardless of his placement among the franchise greats, his concern is about the present and the Cowboys this Sunday.

“It’s the same way we approach these last few games, just try to win, try to go out there and leave it all on the field,” he said. “If you’ve got any kind of pride, you don’t need a good record to go out there and try to have a great performance or to come out with a ‘W.’ ... That’s what I’ve been preaching to the guys in my room and I’m sure that everybody else around the whole locker room feels the same way.”

Ask not just the receivers room or the offense, but the entire locker room, and they’ll point to Moss’ leadership having a positive effect on the team’s morale, win or lose.

As Moss explains, he doesn’t let any of the losses he’s experienced get to him.

It’s time to close the chapter on that game and move on.

“It bothered me for that day or that game, but I don’t sit around and dwell on those losing seasons because you try to always erase what’s going on and the only way you can erase it is by moving on,” he said. “I don’t sit and let it bother me that much.

“It hurts and it sucks, but at the end of the day, when it’s not meant, it’s not meant, and then the next year you can try again.”

Never one to crave attention, Moss left the media with one final note if he is indeed hanging up his gear after Sunday.

“When I leave this game, there’s not going to be no press conference, I’m gone,” he said. “I’ll probably be somewhere at home and you all will find out I’m gone.

“Seriously," he continued. "I’m not doing no goodbyes and I’m not going to sit here and try to make it a big deal about me.”

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