Randy Moss made headlines Friday for a bit of fake news.
The USL’s Charlotte Independence “signed” Moss, a 40-year-old former NFL star, to a “contract.” The soccer club announced the news via a news release and accompanying video.
In the video, Moss pulled on his famous No. 84 jersey with his name on it and picked up a pair of goalie gloves.
“You see the name on the back,” Moss said. “It’s real. It’s official.”
Except it was an early April Fool’s joke, the club confirmed to ESPN.
One clue: the first letters of the sentences in the aforementioned release spelled out “A-P-R-I-L-F-O-O-L-S.”
Moss, who played two seasons with the Raiders, hasn’t been in the league since 2012 — when he 28 passes for the 49ers. A comeback five years later in a new sport would be quite surprising, nevermind impressive.
Alas, Moss and the Independence were just having fun.
Raiders punter Marquette King chimed in on the development.
Welcome to the KickSquad @RandyMoss https://t.co/PI7H90Czmj
— Marquette King (@MarquetteKing) March 31, 2017
Here’s the video the Charlotte Independence posted with the news release: