Randy Moss talks about Patriots, leaving Vikings and his relationship with Cris Carter
|03.16.11 at 1:49 pm ET|
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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