When Randy Moss was first introduced to the Vikings after being traded last month by the Patriots, he talked about how happy he was to be back with the team that drafted him in the first round in 1998. And he was very much open to the possibility of signing a long-term deal with the Vikings.
Not any longer. Moss made that abundantly clear after yesterday's loss to the Patriots in Foxboro, when he delivered a rambling five-minute monologue in which he all but got down on his knees pleading with the Patriots to re-sign him in the off-season.
That's not likely to happen, not after Bill Belichick decided to get rid of the enigmatic receiver in the first place. But Moss made it obvious he misses the Patriots badly.
"This was no disrespect to the Minnesota Vikings and their organization," Moss said. "The [Patriots] captains -- (Vince) Wilfork, Tommy Boy (Brady), (Jerod) Mayo. Am I forgetting somebody? Kevin Faulk. Man, I miss them guys, man. I miss the team. It was hard for me to come here and play. Been an up-and-down rollercoaster 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 success they had on the field, the running game - so, I kind of know what kind of feeling they have in their locker room, man, 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, man."
Does this sound like a man anxious to remain in Minnesota? Not quite.
"Coach (Bill) Belichick, he gave me an opportunity to be a part of something special, and that's something I really take to heart," Moss said. "I actually salute Coach Belichick and his team for the success they've had before me, during me and after me. So, I'm actually stuck for words, just because the fact that -- man, this is just a lot of memories here.
"I can't really say enough about this team, this organization. I met with Ms. Kraft before the game, because I really didn't have a chance to talk to her before I left, and I just thanked Ms. Kraft for the opportunity to let me be a part of something special. The New England Patriots has always been a special organization and I've always watched from afar, and when I got drafted by Minnesota (in 1998), and I think I said this a couple weeks ago, I felt obligated to try to bring a Super Bowl to Minnesota. And this season's still not over."
More on what the future holds:
"Do I know what next season and the future's going to bring? No, I do not," he said. "But all I can say is, man, it's a lot of work that we leave on the field each day. It's a lot of film study that we leave in that room each day. I know how hard these guys work here in New England, and (all) that I really tried to do is take what the best coach in football history has brought upon me, or the knowledge that he's given me about the game of football, and I tried to just sprinkle it off to the guys the best way I know how."