Moss with the Patriots in 2009
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|Date of birth:||February 13, 1977|
|Place of birth:||Charleston, West Virginia|
|Height:||6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)|
|Weight:||210 lb (95 kg)|
|High school:||Belle (WV) DuPont|
|NFL Draft:||1998 / Round: 1 / Pick: 21|
|Minnesota Vikings (1998–2004) Oakland Raiders (2005–2006) New England Patriots (2007–2010) Minnesota Vikings (2010) Tennessee Titans (2010) San Francisco 49ers (2012)|
|Career highlights and awards|
|6× Pro Bowl (1998–2000, 2002, 2003, 2007) 4× First-team All-Pro (1998, 2000, 2003, 2007) NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year (1998) 5× NFL receiving touchdowns leader (1998, 2000, 2003, 2007, 2009) NFL 2000s All-Decade Team MAC Offensive Player of the Year (1997) Fred Biletnikoff Award (1997) Paul Warfield Trophy (1997) Consensus All-American (1997) NFL records 23 receiving touchdowns in a season 17 receiving touchdowns in a rookie season|
|Career NFL statistics|
What I have done in my nine year career was just a glimpse of what I can do.
I can't really have any friends. It's sad, really. It's lonely. But that's how I am.
The New England Patriots have always been a special organization and I've always watched from afar.
I had to get some things right in my personal life. And once I got my family on the same page, to understand who I am and what I do for a living, I asked my oldest daughter, 'What do you think about Daddy coming back?' And she said, 'I didn't think you were done. I want you to win the Super Bowl.'
Well, I've learned a lot from Bill Belichick. I've said time and time again, before I got to New England, I thought I knew a lot about football. But I think he taught me a lot from A to Z. I still carry it to this day.
When I got drafted by Minnesota, and I think I said this a couple weeks ago, I think I felt obligated to bring a Super Bowl to Minnesota.
I'm still overwhelmed and, at the same time, kind of star struck that I am part of this New England Patriots organization.
I am a little older and understand the nature of the business - the older you get the more your skills supposedly diminish, but I think I am getting wiser in how to use my physical skills. That's the frustrating part when you put so much heart and desire into things and feel like you are not wanted.
People always say that Randy Moss can't stick to the rules. Even my own rules.
And it hurts as a player, that you put a lot of hard work in during the week, and at the end of the week, Sunday, when you get on the field, that's when they acknowledge about the hard work that you put in throughout the week. That's actually a disappointment.
If you're asking me where my heart and where I'm happy is, I love playing with Tom Brady. I love being coached by Bill Belichick.
I love the game so much. I've been penalized. I've been fined. I have some regrets in my career. But for those four hours on Sunday, you can be free and just let it all go. Retiring had nothing to do with football; it had to do with my family.
I'm from West Virginia. If you didn't know what was happening in NASCAR, you were on the outside. NASCAR is a big league sport, but it's still also country and redneck.
I think I played in Lambeau maybe 14, 15 times. I've played there a lot of times. It's in the teens, double digit. I've had success on that field, won and lost.
I don't know how many more times I'll be in New England again. But I leave coach Belichick and those guys with a salute: 'I love you guys. I miss you. I'm out.'
It's not my fault that people don't know me. I'm going to speak my mind, no matter what the consequences are.