Though Jim Harbaugh may have retired from the NFL as a quarterback in 2000, he’s still got something left in the tank. Just ask Randy Moss, who caught passes from Harbaugh during a workout at 49ers headquarters on Monday before signing a one-year contract with the team.
Judging from his comments during Monday night’s conference call with the media, Moss was impressed with Harbaugh’s throwing ability.
“Yes, he can still bring it at his old age,” Moss said. “He’s probably sitting there with an ice pack on his shoulder right now, but yeah, he can still wing it.”
Moss, 35, acknowledged that it will be a challenge to return to the NFL after sitting out the 2011 season. Moss last played for the Patriots, Titans and Vikings in 2010, catching a combined 28 passes for 393 yards and five touchdowns in 16 games. For his career, Moss ranks tied for second in touchdowns (153), fifth in receiving yards (14,858) and ninth in receptions (954) in NFL history.
“I accept the challenge to get back into this league and still play at a high level,” Moss said. “Like I said, whatever my role’s going to be, I just want to go out there and be productive.”
Moss said he’s also looking forward to working with a young group of 49ers receivers. As a 13-year veteran with a successful track record, Moss said he enjoys being in a mentor role.
“I’m ready just to give back anything I have; my work ethic, my knowledge for the game and all the above,” Moss said. “I’m looking forward to going out here and working with these young guys and coaches included.”
After watching the 49ers reach the NFC Championship game in Harbaugh’s first season as an NFL coach, Moss said San Francisco became an interesting option.
“It was very intriguing for me to reach out to the 49ers and come to give them everything I had today,” Moss said. “It’s obvious they like what they saw. I don’t want to let them down. I just want to come and get back to what I do, and that’s getting out there playing football and stretching the field.”
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