In his prime as one of the NFL’s top wide receivers, Randy Moss was often reticent about sitting down for one-on-one interviews.
After 13 dominant seasons as one of the best deep threats in football, Moss announced his August 2011 retirement in a one-sentence statement released by his agent.
No fanfare. No news conference. No farewell speech.
When Moss returned to the NFL after a one-year hiatus and joined the San Francisco 49ers, ESPN bureau reporter Colleen Dominguez requested a sit-down interview. He declined.
“I have done a couple ‘Sunday Conversations’ on SportsCenter with Moss in the past,” Dominguez said. “He’s quite conversational in person. In this case, he told me he just doesn’t want to talk a lot.”
Moss declined several more requests until Dominguez tried a different tack.
“How do you get a ‘yes’ out of a guy who doesn’t often sit for one-on-ones?” Dominguez said.
“You offer to approach rapper Lil Wayne about conducting the interview.”
Moss, a big fan of Lil Wayne’s music, was intrigued. continue reading…