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Randy Moss talks about Patriots, leaving Vikings and his relationship with Cris Carter

03.16.11 at 1:49 pm ET
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Former Patriots wide receiver Randy Moss was on with KFAN in Minnesota Wednesday morning, and touched on a wide variety of topics, including his feelings about the Patriots, his thoughts on leaving the Vikings and his relationship with former teammate Cris Carter. Here are a few of the highlights:

On leaving Minnesota:
“I left Minnesota ‘€” man, it was definitely heartbreaking, man. When I came to Minnesota ‘€¦ I left a lot of memories there. And by me coming back, being traded back there, a lit of things happen in the business that we’€™re in, the profession that we’€™re in. I had a lot of history there before I came. I wanted everybody to get their 84 jerseys out, because I had seen what the Vikings did the year before, and I thought they had a lot of key ingredients still in place there for me to come in and [help make a run]. A lot of things happened, and a lot of things happen in organizations that you don’€™t like and a lot of things you have to put up with, but I got out there and I went to Tennessee and that worked out OK ‘€” not too much ‘€” but you’€™ve got to live and die by what you believe in. That’€™s what I do ‘€” I live and die by what I believe in, and I believe in loyalty and being a good person, not just on the field but off the field. And some things got into play and some things got in the way, and I just felt it was right and best for me to just go ahead and get out of there.”

“I think that we kind of get a different look about athletes, especially when you’€™re on a certain pedestal than other athletes. I’€™m a country boy ‘€” I really come from nothing. Everything that has been given or put in my path has been a blessing from above. So for me to be able to give back to a young guy, or some guys what I’€™ve experienced on the field or the little bit I’€™ve experienced off the field, that’€™s just a way of me giving back. And I think you have a head coach of leading 70 men and 10 to 15 coaches ‘€¦ so I think that when you’€™re a veteran ‘€¦ when you’€™re a rookie, a second, third year guy, you come in with your head cut off not knowing what to expect. I think what I’€™ve been through and the years I’€™ve played in the league, I think I know what to expect a little bit for guys to prepare themselves and stuff, and now that we’€™re in this lockout, I hope guys were listening to me.”

What are you doing right now?
“I just got through getting my body worked on, getting stretched on. And now, I’€™m getting ready to take my behind to the casino and sit down and play some slots. That’€™s what I’€™m getting ready to do to be honest. ‘€¦ Certain casinos I go in, they do have everything others have, so if I go, most of the time I just go and bide time. A lot of people at the casinos I go to man, a few people know me. I’€™ve been generous before ‘€” I’€™ve given earnings away throughout my years, but nothing too, too crazy. A couple thousand dollars here or there. But I just think that’€™s what life is about ‘€” being good to people. Treat people the way you want to be treated. And I think that off the field, I’€™m a different person than I am on the field.”

“I think that when fans ‘€¦ fans of the sporting world see players get in trouble, sometimes, it has to do with our stupidity because we’€™re not able to separate the two. But then, it’€™s not hard for trouble to find us. It goes hand-in-hand, but at the same time, I’€™ve always said this throughout my whole career, you’€™ve got to take the good with the bad and the bad with the good. At this time, there’€™s no good and bad or bad and good, so hopefully, they can get this CBA worked out. I’€™m ready to get on this field, man.”

Are you on Twitter?
“I don’€™t have no account, man. I’€™m not out there like that.”

Now that [Brad Childress] is gone, will Moss come back to Minnesota?
“I’€™m going to keep it real with you, man ‘€” me and coach Brad Childress really didn’€™t have no problems, man. I guess I probably said a few things after the New England game that really got my exit out of there really quickly. But I still have love in Minnesota. I still have love in Minnesota. I’€™ve grown to love that state, the city of Minneapolis. But the business side of football, I think the people have to understand ‘€¦ just look at basketball, for instance. You see LeBron and DWade, Stoudamire and you’€™re looking at all these guys playing with one another, so it is a business. When you get to college and high school, that’€™s where football is football. You can come in there and joke around and do this, but when you get to the pros, it’€™s about how you walk, how you talk, what you wear, what you’€™re not supposed to wear. Just to be point blank and answer the questions, I would love to come back to Minnesota. I don’€™t know what they have in place at the quarterback position. I don’€™t know about the Williams Brothers suspension. I don’€™t even know where Minnesota would be in Week 6 or Week 7. I’€™m now downplaying me coming back to Minnesota. There’€™s a lot of things besides bringing Randy Moss back that have to happen or Minnesota to be successful. But I would entertain coming back to Minnesota, but if you ask me where my heart is, I think just the success as a wide receiver and everything that the New England Patriots stand for ‘€¦ I’€™m a big fan of Bill Belichick. I really am. And not just on the field. I’€™m a fan of his off the field, because the little grouchy man you see on camera is not what you see off camera. I’€™ve grown and I’€™ve started to respect the game, first and foremost. But if you’€™re asking me where my heart is and I’€™m happiest, I love playing with Tom Brady, I love being coached by Bill Belichick. People say, ‘€˜Moss, you got traded to Minnesota from New England?’€™ I just told you all that this is a business, and people have to understand the nature of the business. It’€™s not just a sport. The sport comes along with the business. If you really don’€™t think this is a business, why are they fighting over $9 billion. You have to take it in stride, man. I want to play football. Cleveland Browns, Seattle Seahawks, Minnesota Vikings, New England Patriots. Wherever it is, man, I just want somebody to respect what I do. The loyalty that I believe in, the teams that I’€™ve played for ‘€¦ I just like loyalty, man. I like good people around me, and I want to give that back in return. With all that said, whoever wants me, that’€™s where I’€™m going to play at, to be honest with you.”

What can people expect from Moss in next five years?
“I try and stay family-oriented. I’€™m big into family, and there’€™s more of, I want to get into coaching. ‘€¦ I don’€™t really think about professional coaching, because that takes a lot of your time up. A lot of your time is devoted to coaching and sports and is not really devoted to your spouse or your children. I hear other coaches ‘€” you see them too, drinking all the coffee and sleeping in the meetings. A lot of that takes a toll on you. I think if I want to be able to coach and give back, I think I want to take it to high school, because I think those Friday night lights are something special that I’€™ll never forget the rest of my life.”

What’€™s your relationship with Cris Carter?
“Funny that you ask that because I was just playing basketball with Cris Carter last night at Lynn University in Boca Raton. True. I’€™m sitting here on the air ‘€¦ I’€™ve seen Cris. Our relationship has definitely grew apart over the years. But I think that once you get older, you don’€™t really live in the past. I think that me and Cris Carter’€™s relationship is just fair. It’€™s average. I think that he still has respect and love for me, and I have respect and love for him, and we’€™ll just leave it at that. I still follow his son, I still know his family. He still probably follows my family and whatnot. I think it’€™s just a fair relationship. He helped me at the beginning of my career, and just by me being in his presence on the field I probably helped his career out late in his career, so we have a lot to be thankful for, and not just on the football field. I’€™m thankful that Cris Carter was really put in my life early in my career, because I don’€™t think ‘€¦ not having a veteran in my life, I really don’€™t know what direction I would have been in. Would I have won Rookie of the Year? Would I have scored 17 touchdowns? Would we have gone to the NFC Championship? I don’€™t really know these things. All I know is that I’€™m just here and happy I live in today, and I’€™m just happy I can go to this casino and put a couple of dollars in these slots.”

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