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Randy Moss signs with professional soccer team as April Fool's joke

Former Marshall and NFL star Randy Moss has signed to play professional soccer. (WCHS/WVAH)

From football to fútbol, former NFL superstar Randy Moss is coming out of retirement to join a professional soccer team...or so the nation thought.

The 40-year-old Moss, who is a native of Belle, WV and a Marshall football legend, signed with the United Soccer League’s Charlotte Independence Friday, but it was all an early April Fool's joke.

According to the team’s website, Moss will wear No. 84 and will play goal keeper, pending USL and U.S. Soccer approval. It turns out, the release was a very well played joke.

The USL is a 32 team professional soccer league with franchises spanning from coast to coast.

Since retiring from the NFL in 2012, Moss has stayed in physical shaping competing in Spartan Race and in cross fit.

He has also worked as an NFL analyst for Fox Sports and ESPN.

In his 14 year NFL career, Moss amassed 15,292 receiving yards and 156 touchdowns. Moss played for five teams in the NFL and made six Pro Bowls and was named to the All-Pro team four times. In 1998, Moss was the NFL’s rookie of the year.

With the Thundering Herd, Moss tallied 3,467 receiving yards and 54 touchdowns in just two seasons.

In 1997, Moss finished the season with 1,802 receiving yards, including a 205 yard five touchdown performance against Ball State.

In that same season, Moss set a personal best for his longest touchdown reception. In a game against Army, Moss took a short pass, soared over a defender and ran 90 yards for a touchdown.

Moss’ new team, the Independence, opens its regular season on April 1 against the Charleston Battery. Of course...that is April Fool's Day...

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