Randy Moss is back in Foxboro this week. (Jim Rogash/Getty Images)
There was a familiar face walking the halls of Gillette Stadium this week — Randy Moss.
The former Patriots wide receiver is in town to do some TV work for Fox in advance of Sunday’s Patriots-Lions game. Between his work, Moss sat down with Patriots.com reporter Jackie Brittain for an interview for Patriots.com.
Moss talked about a variety of topics, including how he became a member of the Patriots. Moss was traded to the Patriots from the Raiders before Day 2 of the 2007 NFL draft for a fourth-round pick in that draft.
“I’ve said this story time and time again, but I just want people to understand that I am very grateful,” Moss told Brittain. “When I came from Oakland, I was in a dark place. I was in a dark place because I was there for two years, I got traded from the Vikings and things weren’t going well in California. I was away from home, my career wasn’t going the way I wanted it to go.
“I remember I was in Houston, Texas doing the draft and I got a call from Bill Belichick and I thought it was one of my friends playing. I was like, ‘Who is this?’ and he was like, ‘This is Bill Belichick.’ I was like, ‘Man, get real, who is this?’ Coach told me that if I am up here by 10 o’clock next morning, bla, bla, bla, then the trade would go through. Man, I started scrambling.
“When I came up here and became a Patriot I was very thankful, I was very grateful. Mrs. Myra Kraft played a role in it. When she passed away I had to pay my respects to the home, to the family, and when I go see Mr. Kraft he doesn’t call me Randy Moss, he calls me Randy Moss Kraft. They welcomed me into the family and like I said, still to this day it’s just love and anytime you come here you feel the love from the Kraft family.”
When Mrs. Kraft passed away in 2011, Moss flew to Boston for the funeral and signed the condolence book, ‘Randy Moss Kraft.’
Moss spent three-plus seasons as a Patriot, with things not ending so well as Moss was traded in the middle of the 2010 season back to the Vikings. After the first game that season, Moss told the media it would be his last season in New England — apparently upset of the lack of a contract extension offer. Things continued to get worse and finally after Week 4 when Moss didn’t catch a pass for the first time as a Patriot and visibly showing his frustrations, he was traded to Minnesota along with a seventh-round pick for a third-round pick in the 2011 draft.
Despite how the end went, Moss doesn’t hold any grudges or hard feelings and still loves coming back to New England.
“It does, especially when you see familiar faces — meeting with Tom [Brady], seeing Bill [Belichick], seeing Mr. Kraft,” said Moss. “There’s a lot of memories that I have here. I just told Bill, there is a special place in my heart for the New England Patriots.”