Veteran wide receiver Randy Moss has agreed to a one-year contract with the San Francisco 49ers.
The 49ers worked out Moss on Monday, and according to CSN Bay Area, Moss spent about 15 minutes catching passes from head coach Jim Harbaugh. Moss was reportedly impressive during a workout with the Saints last week, which increased interest around the NFL. So the 49ers decided to sign Moss before another team did.
“I accept the challenge and I’m ready to bring the fans out of their seats,” Moss told reporters on a conference call Monday night. He said he considers this a chance to give back to the game. “I like what I can do for the NFL. I don’t like what the NFL can do for me.”
The 49ers have been searching for a deep threat and believe Moss can fill the bill. During his prime, Moss was a feared big-play receiver, leading the NFL in touchdown receptions five times, and making the Pro Bowl six times.
“We need someone to stretch the field,” 49ers CEO Jed York told the Bay Area News Group earlier in the day. “It’s up to Jim and (49ers general manager) Trent (Baalke) to see if maybe it can fit.”
Harbaugh and Baalke liked what they saw. So at age 35, Moss is back in the NFL.
“I don’t want to let them down,” Moss told reporters.
ESPN first reported the move a day before the start of the free agency period.
October 4, 2011
ESPN Pulls Hank Williams Jr. Song Over Obama-Hitler Comment:
I say BRAVO to @ESPN! Your actions were swift and just! -Roz-O
ESPN is pulling Hank Williams Jr.’s classic intro song from its broadcast of Monday night’s NFL game after the country singer famous for the line “Are you ready for some football?” used an analogy to Adolf Hitler in discussing President Barack Obama.
In an interview Monday morning on Fox News’ “Fox & Friends,” Williams said of Obama’s outing on the links with House Speaker John Boehner: “It’d be like Hitler playing golf with (Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin) Netanyahu.”
Asked to clarify, Williams said: “They’re the enemy,” adding that by “they” he meant Obama and Vice President Joe Biden.
“While Hank Williams Jr. is not an ESPN employee, we recognize that he is closely linked to our company through the open to ‘Monday Night Football,’” ESPN said in a statement. “We are extremely disappointed with his comments, and as a result we have decided to pull the open from tonight’s telecast.”
ESPN did not say whether the intro, synonymous with “Monday Night Football” since 1989, would be used again after this week’s Buccaneers-Colts game.
The song “All My Rowdy Friends Are Here on Monday Night” is a remixed version of his 1984 hit “All My Rowdy Friends are Coming Over Tonight.” The version won Williams four Emmy Awards in the early 1990s as the opening theme to “Monday Night Football,” then on ABC.