Sounds like Randy Moss wishes he never had left the New England Patriots.
Can you blame him? The Minnesota Vikings are reeling and the status of quarterback Brett Favre remains up in the air. He indicated after Sunday’s loss in Foxboro, Mass., that he will likely be evaluated to see if he suffered a concussion.
After being fined $25,000 by the NFL for failing to meet his media obligations last week, Moss walked into the interview room following the game and spoke. He didn’t take questions – and said he isn’t going to take questions for the remainder of the season – but he did talk. You can catch a complete transcription of his comments here courtesy of Kevin Seifert of ESPN.com.
“I really haven't had a chance to talk to the guys, so this is no disrespect to the Minnesota Vikings and their organization. The captains, (Vince) Wilfolk, Tommy Boy (Brady), (Jerod) Mayo, Kevin Faulk, man I miss them guys, man, I miss the team,” Moss said. “It was hard for me to come here and play. It's been an up and down roller coaster emotionally for me all week. And then to be able to come in here and see those guys, running plays and I know what they're doing, and the success they had on the field, the running game, so I kind of know what type of feeling they have on their locker room, man. I just want to be able to tell the guys, I miss the hell out of them, every last helmet in that locker room.
“I mean, Deion Branch came up to me after the game. I've never had a chance to meet Deion Branch, but it was definitely a pleasure to meet him. Coach (Bill) Belichick, he gave me an opportunity to be a part of something special. That's something I really take to heart. I actually salute coach Belichick and his team and the success they've had before me, during me and after me. So I'm actually stuck for words, just because of the fact that, man, this is just, a lot of memories here. To the New England Patriots fans, that ovation at the end of the game, that really felt heart-warming. I think I actually shedded a tear for that.”
Moss continued on about the Patriots and talked about visiting with owner Robert Kraft’s wife before the game. Who knows? Maybe he is expressing a desire to return to the Patriots after this season. He’ll be a free agent, after all.
Moss also seemed to criticize Vikings coach Brad Childress for going for it on fourth-and-goal from the one-yard line at the end of the first half instead of trying a chip-shot field goal. Running back Adrian Peterson was stuffed short of the goalline.
“I wish we could have had that three at the end of the half,” Moss said. “Maybe it could have been different. Maybe not. I don't know how many more times I'm going to be up here in New England, but I'm going to leave the New England Patriots, coach Belichick, man, with a salute. Man, I love you guys. I miss you. I'm out.”
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