Randy Moss says he’d like to write a book.
Chances are the chapter on his time with the Tennessee Titans will be among the shortest.
“I think once it is all said and done and everything settles down for me, slows down a little bit, I think I am going to write a book,” he said Wednesday during a media session at Super Bowl XLVII. “ … I think for you to really understand me and what I come from and how I do things, you need to read it.”
A member of the San Francisco 49ers, the record-setting wide receiver will play in his second career Super Bowl this Sunday, a little more than two years after it appeared his career ended with a whimper.
The Titans claimed him off waivers from Minnesota on Nov. 3, 2010, but over the final eight games of that season he caught just six passes and did not score a touchdown.
Those numbers were startlingly low considering that in previous stops in his career he exceeded them more than once in a single game against Tennessee. With Minnesota in 2001 he caught seven passes for 158 yards and a touchdown and with New England in 2009 had eight receptions for 129 yards and three touchdowns.
He was out of the league in 2011 but returned this season as a role player with the 49ers.
Throughout his career, which included two stints in Minnesota, one each with Oakland and New England as well as the time in Tennessee his relationship with the media and the public often has been contentious.
If he tells his own story, though, he says he will not do so in sensational fashion. Thus it is not likely he will unload any pent up frustration about his mostly forgettable time with the Titans.
“I am not trying to write a book that is going to be disrespectful and like that,” he said. “I think it is just something like when you go to Starbucks to get coffee or you go to see people and read a book, I would like for people to really sit down and enjoy my book. Get to know me a little better.
“I have been through a lot and I put a lot of heart, soul and dedication into this — sacrificing each and every day to make sure I go out here and prepare myself to be the best. I think that is going to be one of the main focal points of my book, the approach that I took to be how I am.”
During Tuesday’s media session, Moss made it perfectly clear that he is plenty comfortable with how he is as a football player.
He touched off a debate throughout NFL circles when he said he considered himself the greatest wide receiver in NFL history. He made no attempt to back away from that claim on Wednesday.
“You make your own judgment,” he said. “You really do. I know what I think. I am not going to sit up here and tell you how to look at it and how to judge it. I think when it comes to going out there, making plays and helping the team do the things that they are able to do to win the game — I think I am the greatest receiver ever, point blank. Next question.”
His stance does nothing to answer the one question that lingers in relation to his time with the Titans.
Why did they not make better use of him or get more from him when they had him?
Maybe that will be part of the book.