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Moss resists talk of Super Bowl, vows to take one game at a time

In the first press conference of his second stint with the Minnesota Vikings, receiver Randy Moss repeatedly resisted using the phrase that was dancing on the tip of his tongue.

Super Bowl.

Fighting the urge to utter that or any similar term (at one point he said that “a lot of people are looking for the big thing at the end of the road”), Moss repeatedly said that he’ll take the season one game at a time.

But he plans to enjoy the process. 

“Pull your 84 jerseys out,” Moss said.  “This is gonna be a fun ride.”

He explained that he has watched the current edition of the Vikings from afar.  “I watched this team,” he said.  “I’ve paid attention.”

Moss expressed appreciation to the Patriots, but he mentioned multiple times that he still feels “obligated” to the Vikings, who drafted him when he was sliding through round one in 1998. 

He also said he was more upset when he was traded out of Minnesota in 2005 than when he was traded from New England, where he spent three-plus seasons.

As the press conference went on, Moss came closer to admitting that he wants his 13th NFL season to be his luckiest one yet, saying things like the team will “hopefully bring it home” and talking about the importance of winning a championship at this stage of his career.

He also declined to talk about the future, given that his contract expires after the 2010 season.  “If I’m here next year as a Viking that’s how it’s gonna be, if I’m not, I’m not,” Moss said.  Asked later whether he plans to retire as a Viking, he deferred to the “boss man” in the back of the room, presumably owner Zygi Wilf.  (Unless pro wrestlers were also in town.)

Throughout the press conference, Moss exhibited a playful but hard edge.  He was excited, for example, when discussing the scene of his eventual first game back at the Metrodome, and he apparently didn’t realize that the game will come against the Dallas Cowboys, who passed on him twice in the ’98 draft, even though he was under the impression that the Cowboys would take him. 

To start the press conference, Moss stormed the stage invited Sid Harman of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune to ask the first question.  When the question didn’t immediately come, Moss pretended to turn over an hourglass.  Later, he cut off a reporter who was asking a long, rambling question, barking out “next question!” and scanning the assembled media for another reporter.

Moss concluded by acknowledging that he had a few issues during his first stint with the team, but he recognized it could have been worse.

“What if I’d have been on that boat?” he said.  “There really would have been some problems.”

And then he turned to his left and bolted, almost as quickly as he does when running a fly route.

UPDATE:  Here’s some of the video.

 
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52 Responses to “Moss resists talk of Super Bowl, vows to take one game at a time”
  1. CarlGerbschmidt says: Oct 7, 2010 3:59 PM

    First of all, you are not our rival. Second of all, he’s only the 7th best receiver in the division. Third of all, How Many Super Bowls?

  2. Love_Boat_Scandal says: Oct 7, 2010 4:02 PM

    “What if i’d have been on that boat?” he said. “There really would have been some problems.”
    Indeed.

  3. Citizen Strange says: Oct 7, 2010 4:02 PM

    He is also not allowed to use the term “nest egg” or even the indvidual words “nest” or “egg.”/Lost in America-ed

  4. Ruvell200 says: Oct 7, 2010 4:05 PM

    Well let’s be honest. When you play for the Vikings, it’s pretty stupid to think you’ll actually win a Super Bowl.

  5. rusH1023 says: Oct 7, 2010 4:06 PM

    All the best 81. It was great to watch you play in NE.

  6. SaintCharlie72 says: Oct 7, 2010 4:06 PM

    He just gave up his best chance at a ring

  7. Barometer says: Oct 7, 2010 4:09 PM

    I think I finally figured out why Belichick traded him: peanut allergies.
    Randy is a nut job.
    If he said “feel the love” one more time at that presser I would have puked. It’s not about love. It’s about catching the friggin’ ball. I didn’t pay $170/ticket and $40 for parking to give him love. I paid to watch him catch balls. Most of time, I got my money’s worth. But lately… not so much.

  8. AlwaysSunnyInSD says: Oct 7, 2010 4:15 PM

    Where is the Favre story? Usually you’re drooling to print anything related to the creepy douche. Why so late to the game?

  9. MrHumble says: Oct 7, 2010 4:15 PM

    For all those packer fans who “think” the packers have the best wr corp….this is from Rex Ryan’s news conference today. As we all know, Rex doesn’t talk up anyone except his own players and team:
    “Turning serious at that point, Ryan he heaped a ton of praise on the Vikings offense and the addition of Moss. The Jets faced Moss in Week 2 when they defeated the New England Patriots 28-14.
    “He’s a tremendous player,” Ryan said. “This guy when he’s covered he’s open. That’s an issue for anybody that’s up against him. He’s got the great speed. In my opinion, the best vertical receiver in the game or right there with them. It’s just a huge weapon.
    “When you combine Randy Moss with what they already have, with [Bernard] Berrian, Percy Harvin, and wait until that other kid gets back, [Sidney] Rice gets back. That’s going to be sick. And oh by the way, you have Adrian Peterson back there at running back.”
    Ryan said he believes Peterson is the best running back in the league.
    They’re comin’ packer fans, they’re comin’……LMAO

  10. FarvesFooPa says: Oct 7, 2010 4:15 PM

    What makes people think these guy are SB ready. The washed up QB they have. Lets get real people!

  11. hardhead2 says: Oct 7, 2010 4:15 PM

    Did he bring any O-lineman with him from New England?
    That’s what he really needs if he hopes to get a ring…..finally.

  12. wadatah says: Oct 7, 2010 4:17 PM

    Randy is not helping Minnesota win a SB this season.

  13. Jack Lambert's Dentist says: Oct 7, 2010 4:19 PM

    What do Randy and T.O. have in common? Both will retire without a ring. Ain’t Karma a ballbuster!!

  14. justsaints says: Oct 7, 2010 4:21 PM

    That’s good Randy, you even know the ViQueens are horrible. Just take your losses one game at a time.

  15. shiftyshellshocked says: Oct 7, 2010 4:21 PM

    Never dull being a Vikings fan.

  16. perm says: Oct 7, 2010 4:22 PM

    One thing I’ve always respected about Randy… he does things his own way.

  17. VikesNut says: Oct 7, 2010 4:25 PM

    Awesome!! YOu can say it Randy. SUPERBOWL. Nothing more dangerous than Randy in purple with the best QB of all time tossing it up.
    Welcome home brother! We all love you!

  18. JRG3 says: Oct 7, 2010 4:27 PM

    ladies and gentleman….let the circus begin

  19. Contra says: Oct 7, 2010 4:27 PM

    CarlGerbschmidt says:
    October 7, 2010 3:59 PM
    First of all, you are not our rival. Second of all, he’s only the 7th best receiver in the division. Third of all, How Many Super Bowls?
    ———-
    Fourth of all how many times are you going to post this same post? Ive seen it on three different threads already. You have TONS to worry regarding the depleted Packers.

  20. rpiotr01 says: Oct 7, 2010 4:29 PM

    Probably the only Packer fan who thinks this, but there’s something likable about Moss. He’s not your typical diva WR.

  21. damnvarmint says: Oct 7, 2010 4:29 PM

    If he can evade defenders like he does reorpters questions, then he should have his best year yet.

  22. TheBaySay says: Oct 7, 2010 4:29 PM

    Riiiiiiight, MrHumble. Adding Randy Moss to Bernard Berrian and… I’ll have to get back to you. Gotta stop and laugh for awhile here, sorry.

  23. DaVikes says: Oct 7, 2010 4:31 PM

    It’s Hartman, not Harman. And apparently Randy is a close personal friend of Sid’s. Randy is a smart guy. He just ensured that Sid will never say a bad thing about him for the rest of his life, and if Sid is still around when Randy is up for the HOF, Sid will be pushing for him all the way.

  24. treydogg97 says: Oct 7, 2010 4:31 PM

    “First of all, you are not our rival. Second of all, he’s only the 7th best receiver in the division. Third of all, How Many Super Bowls?”
    Hey Carl, who let you out of your deer stand? How many you thrown back today?

  25. VikingsFactor says: Oct 7, 2010 4:31 PM

    Love the fact that Carl Gerbschmidt made an appearance on the PFT comment board!

  26. Charles Wood says: Oct 7, 2010 4:35 PM

    JerMichael Finley > Moss + Shianco
    Donald Driver > Percy Harvin
    Gregg Jennings > Sidney Rice
    James Jones > Greg Camarillo
    Jordy Nelson > Hank Baskett

  27. Green n' Gold says: Oct 7, 2010 4:45 PM

    Yep Randy, no ring for you. You just left a contender and joined a 8-8 team at best. Keep trying..

  28. Cannon says: Oct 7, 2010 4:46 PM

    I have been waring my ’98 throw back Moss jersey around Minneapolis for two days straight and the amount of Love I have received as a result lets me know that all of Minnesota believes this team can now bring back that thing at the end of the year.

  29. PFTiswhatitis says: Oct 7, 2010 4:49 PM

    I hope you enjoy the circus in Minny Randy. You will fit in there perfectly.

  30. Charles Wood says: Oct 7, 2010 4:51 PM

    VikesNut says:
    October 7, 2010 4:25 PM
    Awesome!! YOu can say it Randy. SUPERBOWL. Nothing more dangerous than Randy in purple with the best QB of all time tossing it up.
    Welcome home brother! We all love you!
    ————————————————-
    What makes Favre the “Best QB of all time…”? Certainly not his one stellar year with the Vikings. How about a SB victory, 8 Pro Bowls and 3 MVP seasons W I T H T H E G R E E N B A Y P A C K E R S.

  31. MulletMullitia says: Oct 7, 2010 4:51 PM

    JerMichael Finley > Moss + “Shianco” ?
    Donald Driver > Percy Harvin ?
    Really Charles? Please tell me that was not a serious post.

  32. CRASHKOBRA says: Oct 7, 2010 5:00 PM

    According to NFL.com Dallas had only ONE draft pick in the first round in 1998. Get your facts right “expert”

  33. BCfromHell says: Oct 7, 2010 5:04 PM

    Hmmm, this seems to conflict with another interview he did last night where he said he was going to defy the laws of time and place, to play all the remaining games at one time and then immediately play in the Super Bowl.

  34. Vikes Fan in CT says: Oct 7, 2010 5:06 PM

    JerMichael Finley > Moss + Shianco
    Are you actually saying that Finley is better than both Moss and Shiancoe? He’s good, but he’s not much better than Shianco alone if at all Never mind Moss.

  35. justsaints says: Oct 7, 2010 5:07 PM

    Chilly made this move just to make the sorry ViQueens relevant again, and it’s working. Randy will be just like his mentor Chris Carter, Hall of Fame Player with no SuperBowl ring.

  36. JRG3 says: Oct 7, 2010 5:08 PM

    he mentioned multiple times that he still feels “obligated” to the Vikings, who drafted him when he was sliding through round one in 1998.
    ————————————————–with Brett and Randy feeling so “obligated” to come back to MN, should be plenty of motivation…
    similar to feeling “obligated” to go to my aunts house and eat dry turkey on thanksgiving. i dont “want” to go but I go

  37. MrHumble says: Oct 7, 2010 5:09 PM

    TheBaySay says:
    October 7, 2010 4:29 PM
    Riiiiiiight, MrHumble. Adding Randy Moss to Bernard Berrian and… I’ll have to get back to you. Gotta stop and laugh for awhile here, sorry.
    ——————————————
    I’ll be the first to say that Berrian has been a huge disappointment for the Vikes as he only had a lousey 4 TD’s last year………………….just as many as G. Jennings, LMAO. …….

  38. tjstyles says: Oct 7, 2010 5:22 PM

    Welcome home, Randy. We missed you.

  39. alphamail says: Oct 7, 2010 5:23 PM

    Blah blah blah
    7-9, Favre retires, Moss signs with Bengals, Chilly fired.

  40. justsaints says: Oct 7, 2010 5:46 PM

    Really???? All of a sudden, the ViQueens fans love and miss Randy Moss. Huh!!! Typical Viqueens fans.

  41. stetai says: Oct 7, 2010 5:54 PM

    You heard it here first. If the Vikings win the Super Bowl this year with Moss, Randy Moss will retire.

  42. Allied Biscuit says: Oct 7, 2010 6:13 PM

    justsaints
    most vikings fans never got over him being traded. he was without question a fan favorite. only the dumbass media ripped him apart.

  43. Chiefs2010 says: Oct 7, 2010 6:14 PM

    For once I want to hear a player say:
    “I take all 16 games at a time – and the postseaseon”

  44. malpine says: Oct 7, 2010 6:19 PM

    Greg Ellis was the ONLY pick for the Cowboys before Moss was drafted…how is that passing on him twice?

  45. Optims Prime says: Oct 7, 2010 7:53 PM

    Carl Jingleheimgerschidt is a real schmidt for brains.

  46. Brewdogg says: Oct 8, 2010 1:23 AM

    # Charles Wood says: October 7, 2010 4:35 PM
    JerMichael Finley > Moss + Shianco
    Donald Driver > Percy Harvin
    Gregg Jennings > Sidney Rice
    James Jones > Greg Camarillo
    Jordy Nelson > Hank Baskett
    —————————————————
    Actually, there should be a few corrections here, based on style of play and what each brings to the team, in who you compare to who. Now, for the revised version with more than homerism to back it up….
    Jermichael Finley – Visanthe Shiancoe
    – Now I know you’re all excited about Finley and all, and you should be, but really….. I will give you a slight edge here, but if you saw that leaping, twisting catch that Sciancoe made down the seam against NO, you know this guy can play too.
    Greg Jennings – Randy Moss
    – Okay, let’s compare the first 4 years for each. Jennings: 246 rec, 3957 yds, 28 TDs, with Favre and Rodgers throwing to him. Moss: 308 rec, 5396 yds, 53 TDs with Cunningham, George, and Culpepper. Or maybe his last 4 years, where he had 292 rec, 4318 yds, and 50 TDs. Reality check….
    Donald Driver – Sidney Rice
    – Since you like to claim Finley’s greatness after 1 season, I’ll go ahead and point out that Rice beat out Driver last year, 83/1312/8 to 70/1061/6. Oh yeah, and a PB nod….
    James Jones – Percy Harvin
    – Jones, 2008-2009: 52/714/6
    – Harvin, 2009: 60/790/6
    Jordy Nelson – Greg Camarillo
    – Nelson, 2008-2009: 55/686/4
    – Camarillo, 2009: 50/552/0
    Bret Swain – Hank Baskett
    – Who cares??
    So I guess this is a case of perception vs proof. Impression vs fact. Wish vs reality….. BTW, without Moss and Rice, the Packers passing game has garnered 41.8 YPG more than the Vikings. Are two PB WRs enough to make up that difference? Apparently not if they are Vikings and you are a Packers fan. So sad…..

  47. TorVikeFan says: Oct 8, 2010 9:14 AM

    If you were the GM of an NFL team that needed a WR and Moss, Jerry Rice and other HOF WRs were all the same age and available in the draft, who would you draft first? I bet that most people (outside of SF) would draft Moss first. He is almost the perfect blend of height, speed, jumping ability, hands and deceptiveness that you seek in a WR. His type of talent comes around maybe every 25 years.

  48. Calistin says: Oct 8, 2010 9:19 AM

    So the Vikings are all-in as they like to say.
    So if they win the SB, Favre retires, Moss leaves back to NE and the Vikings are screwed for the next few years b/c they’ve failed to address both their aging lines, and failed to develop a solid backup QB.
    OR
    They lose the Super Bowl, or don’t even make it, Favre retires, Moss leaves and the Vikings are screwed for the next few years.
    Hmmm, maybe this isn’t such a bad thing….

  49. tig 0 bitties says: Oct 8, 2010 10:30 AM

    thanks brew dogg.
    charles wood you are an idiot.
    your bias for the pack is incredible.

  50. Brewdogg says: Oct 8, 2010 10:59 AM

    @ Calistin
    1) The Steelers have failed to address both their aging lines. So Sullivan, Loadholt, Edwards, Allen, they’re all aging? You’re talking about 3 players when you say aging, and that is McKinnie, Hutch, and Pat. The rest have a lot of good years left.
    2) How exactly will they be screwed? A top-10 defense with only 2 players nearing the end of their careers, arguably the best RB in football, and 2 good young WRs. Sorry, don’t see the doom there….

  51. Brewdogg says: Oct 8, 2010 11:00 AM

    # tig 0 bitties says: October 8, 2010 10:30 AM
    thanks brew dogg.
    charles wood you are an idiot.
    your bias for the pack is incredible.
    —————————————————
    He really is, isn’t he? Not as bad as Jimmy and Bob, though. Yet……

  52. robsterNY says: Oct 9, 2010 10:51 AM

    Um…….Viking Fans!…Santonio Holmes,Braylon Edwards,Dustin Keller, LT,Jericho Cotchery,Shawn Green…and one of the best O lines in the game…..Oh! and that defense…Worry about MONDAY NIGHT. …*LOL*…Not the super bowl.

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