Running back Fred Taylor checked in with the Dale & Holley show Friday afternoon from the Patriots locker room. Taylor recounted what happened Thursday morning when news filtered in about Tom Brady's car accident. "Tom came in and he was still upbeat," Taylor said. "Guys were concerned, asking him, 'Hey, are you OK,' even, 'What did it feel like?' Just the shock of it all. To see him walking around, a smile on his face, the energy was still there, he was still positive — we went out there and had a productive day."
The mass of writers and television crews didn't take long to overtake the Patriots locker room. "The media was in here so quick," Taylor said. "They swarmed down very quick. To see that amount of people, it definitely looked like a playoff crowd of media. But hey, this is the market that we're in. And that's what you get. You want to go out there and you want to do well. ... The tradition is so deep. That's what you have to expect."
Talking about his personal approach for the season, Taylor said: "I'm not trying to prove anything. First and foremost, I put in all of the work, I laid my foundation back in the offseason. And I try to do that each and every year. And then I like to come out here and play as hard as I can. My motivation comes from just still being in it. Because my career, according to some outlets and a few other people, was supposed to be cut short. It was supposed to over a long time ago, because I was 'Fragile Fred' ... So, I'm just thankful to still be in the game and still be able to compete at a high level. That's the only thing I set out to prove in a year-to-year basis."
Taylor was asked about what Randy Moss is like as a teammate, and he had plenty of positive things to say. "Randy's misunderstood from the outside looking in, for the most part," Taylor said. "In this locker room, you would love to have him as a teammate. I'm sure the receivers do. Everybody else, he's always trying to get a little energy, a little spark from the players. You know: 'Hey, guys, let's go. Keep your head up.' In a nutshell, he's an awesome teammate. I don't want to get carried away, but he's a great teammate to have."
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