The taciturn wide receiver didn't want to talk about the number of snaps he's been getting with the 49ers. "No, I'm not," he said when asked if he was concerned about playing time. "Next question."
But he spent nearly 10 minutes on other topics, mostly returning to the Metrodome, where he built the foundation for his likely hall-of-fame career. It also should be noted that -- and this is the second time this has happened -- his teammates got the biggest kick out of standing behind reporters and making faces at Moss while he spoke. "Oh my God, it's Randy Moss!," one said in a mocking, falsetto voice as he walked past. All of which is an indication of how well-liked Moss is in the locker room.
On returning to Minnesota:
RM: I'm just very fortunate I guess to go back where it all started. We had some great times in Minnesota. I look forward to just hearing the Metrodome rock, you know? Now I'm with the away team, and I look forward to a good game.
Does it make a difference what kind of reaction you get?
RM: No, not really. I mean I'm a 49er. I think my Minnesota Viking days are over. So just going in as a 49er. Like I said, just going in and have some success and have a good game. That's all I plan to do.
Are you concerned about the number of snaps you get in a game?
RM: No I'm not. Next question
Why did you say you went to Rand University during introductions for Sunday's game? (Moss is from Rand, WV.)
RM: That's my whole community, man. I think that in order to get to know me, I guess you have to come back to my home town where I'm from to really understand what really drives and pushes me to able to be the best. You know, there's been some hard times coming out of Rand, West Virginia, so I'm just showing my people love, showing the kids love. That no matter what I accomplish in life, I've still got love for my home town.
Will you reflect on your days with the Vikings?
RM: I just think that my focus is now just playing for the 49ers and being the best 49er I can be. You know, I was drafted by coach Dennis Green and am still appreciative to this day that he gave me an opportunity with all the nonsense and b.s. that was said during the draft, and he gave me a chance. And I'm still thankful for Denny Green just giving me a chance to be able to showcase my talents. As far as the past, it's the past. And I can say I just look forward, not backward.
What about your stay in Minnesota made you who you are today?
RM: I just think just being able to be around guys who had a name. To see Randall McDaniel, to see John Randle go to the hall of fame. I've been with those guys. I've been in the locker room. I've won with those guys. I've lost with those guys. And to be able to practice with them day in and day out, and then for them to receive a prestigious honor in making it to the hall of fame - man it felt good. Because I know those guys, not really personally but kind of personally as teammates. I think that's really the biggest thing to me personally - now the guys that are making it to the hall of fame, I've either played with them or played against them. So that was just something big to see John Randle, Randall McDaniel make it to the hall of fame.
On the jeers he's likely to hear Sunday:
RM: One thing about places and boos is, obviously you're doing something right," Moss said. "So I just hang my hat on that. You hear the applause. Of course you do, and you hear the boos. But I think the boos, just being negative, put more pressure on you to go out and hush that noise up. I look forward to hearing both. Like I said, I'm a 49er now, and hopefully we can go into the Metrodome and come out of there 3-0.
Are you surprised the 49ers were so sharp the first two weeks?
RM: No, my motto has been, if you put the hard work in, the hard work does pay off. They worked the hell out of us here. I didn't really have a day off in training camp. I didn't have a day off in the teaching school or minicamp. My focus was just to come in and work. Work, work, work and keep working. Like I said, hard work pays off. And being 2-0, it shows how hard we worked because we played two good teams. We played Green Bay Packers. They're a good team, playoff team. We played the Detroit Lions, playoff team. So our first three games, luckily it happens to be the NFC North. So we're just going to go into the Metrodome and see where the chips fall.
Is the Super Bowl the one missing element from your career?
RM: Well, I'm not really thinking about the Super Bowl, but that really is the one thing missing on my resume. You know, you've got to take it one day at a time, one game at a time, one practice at a time. Like I said, we put the work in. it's too early to say. It's the third week. The only thing we can do is come out here and get better each day so that we keep going up.
What did Crabtree show you last week when he spoke in front of the team and said the offense has to match the defense?
RM: Well, Crabtree - he's been through a lot in his career. And I've always said I love sports. I'm a sports fan. And I do pay attention. I don't really too much read the stuff you all write, but I do have ears and I do have eyes. But Crabtree's been through a lot. For him to be able to come out and, I know it's early in the season, but he's having a pretty good season so far. And for him to stand up and to bring us together and just say, like you said, the offense needs to match the defense, that's something you can really hang your hat on and follow a guy like that.
Why are you so against talking about your playing time?
RM: Because it's really not up to me. Like I said, I just come out here and practice every day and when called upon, I just go out there and try to make a play. So, it's not up to me. Thank you.
-- Matt Barrows