The Atlanta Falcons announced the retirement of recently signed wide receiver Lance Moore today. Moore signed with the Falcons on Friday and participated in one practice session during training camp on Sunday before announcing his retirement early Monday morning.
Moore wraps up a 10-year career in the NFL, most of it spent with the New Orleans Saints (2005-13). He played the past two years with the Pittsburgh Steelers and Detroit Lions, respectively.
Moore finishes his career having started 40 out of 129 games and catching 389 passes for 4,816 yards (12.4 avg) and 44 touchdowns. 346 of those catches and 38 of those touchdowns came with the Saints, which rank as the fifth most on that team’s all-time list. His 4,281 receiving yards with the Saints also rank seventh all-time.
Notably the heat index rose to 112 degrees during Sunday’s practice session according to ESPN. Given that the past few years Moore has experienced training camp in northern climates, perhaps the excessive heat on Sunday made Moore rethink his desire to give it one last go in Atlanta.
Moore is set to turn 33 years old on August 31.