FOXBOROUGH -- Former Patriots receiver Randy Moss wore a black Red Sox baseball cap to his postgame news conference, then proceeded to rant about his $25,000 fine this week for not complying with the NFL's media policy and announced he'd be in the driver's seat from now on in interview sessions.
"I got fined $25,000 for not talking to you all, and me personally, I really don't care, but at the same time, I do ask questions, I mean answer questions throughout the week. The league can fine me $25,000. I'm not going to answer any more questions for the rest of this year. If it's going to be an interview, I'm going to conduct it. So I'll answer my own questions. Ask myself the questions, then give you all the answers," Moss said.
After he finished that opening statement, Moss needed a moment to compose himself. Once he did, he gushed praise for the Patriots.
"This is no disrespect to the Minnesota Vikings and their organization ... the captains, Wilfork, Tommy boy, Mayo ... I'm forgetting somebody ... Kevin Faulk. Man, I miss them guys. I miss the team. It was hard for me to come here and play. It's been an up and down roller-coaster emotionally all week. And then to be able to come in here and see those guys running plays that I know what they're doing and the sense that they had on the field, the running game. So I kind of know what type of feeling they have in that locker room, and I just want to be able to tell the guys that I miss the hell out of them, every last helmet in that locker room."
Moss was held to one reception for eight yards. He was booed during the catch. But after the game, he received rather warmer pleasantries from Patriots fans near the tunnel to the visitor's locker room.
"To the New England Patriots' fans, that ovation at the end of the game, that really felt heart-warming," said Moss. "I think I actually shed a tear for that.
"Like I said, it has been an emotional roller-coaster this whole week. I tried to prepare; tried to talk to the coaches and players about how this game was going to be played -- a couple tendencies here and a couple tendencies there. But the bad part about it, you have six days to prepare for a team and on the seventh day, that's Sunday, meaning today, I guess they come over to me and say, 'Dang Moss, you were right abou ta couple plays and a couple schemes that they were going to run.' It hurts as a player that you put a lot of hard work in all week and toward the end of the week, Sunday, when you get on the field, that is when they acknowledge the hard you have put in all week. So that is a disappointment."
He also spoke of talking with Mrs. Kraft and meeting Deion Branch for the first time. But after his dialogue with media, he ended with a what he called a salute to New England.
"I love you guys. I miss you. I'm out."