After Santana Moss sparked the Redskins with a 77-yard catch-and-run for a touchdown that gave them the lead in the fourth quarter against Atlanta last Sunday, he quietly reached a milestone.
Moss’ next reception, a ho-hum 3-yarder, was his 500th as a Redskin. That put him among elite company. Only three other players have caught 500 passes with the team: Hall of Famers Art Monk (888) and Charley Taylor (649) and also Gary Clark (549).
“I’m happy because a lot of people don’t get the opportunity,” Moss said. “I’m humbled, too, at the same time. I appreciate the honor. I appreciate being up there with those guys, but I know I’m still out here doing it.”
Moss joined the Redskins in 2005. In four years with the New York Jets prior to that, he had 151 receptions. For his career, he has 9,319 receiving yards and 58 receiving touchdowns.
He has never been a big stats guy, though. Anytime a reporter mentions his numbers to him, he seems surprised.
“I just don’t really let that stuff bother me now while I’m still playing,” he said. “When I’m done, I can sit back and think about everything I did then. When I’m still playing, I just kind of have one goal in mind. That’s just to be out there doing what I’m doing.”
When he’s done playing, he’s sure to be enshrined in the Redskins’ Ring of Honor at FedEx Field.
“That’d be pretty special, too,” he said.