Controversial Moss finds a home with the Patriots

Wed Jan 30, 2008 3:23pm EST
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By Steve Ginsburg

PHOENIX (Reuters) - Saddled with a history of legal troubles and a questionable attitude, Randy Moss seemed like a terrible fit for the New England Patriots.

He has emerged, however, as an indispensable part of the league's best team.

The controversial receiver had a record 23 touchdowns among his 98 receptions during his first year with the unbeaten Patriots, numbers that astonished even Moss himself.

While Moss is excited to be playing in Sunday's Super Bowl against the New York Giants, he is content just being part of a winning environment.

"I'm excited to be here," Moss told reporters on Wednesday. "But I think the overall atmosphere in the locker room, the guys being able to come together and embracing me makes me most happy.

"With all the talk about me coming into the season, what I really wanted to do was come out and have a good year. I didn't care too much about my statistics."

The 30-year-old Moss has always been one of the league's most talented receivers but his ability has often been overshadowed by controversy.

He spent seven years in Minnesota and two more in Oakland putting up fantastic numbers but always dogged by conflict. Moss left the field early in a Vikings loss to the Redskins and another time squirted a referee with a water bottle.   Continued...

<p>New England Patriots' Randy Moss celebrates a touchdown against the New York Giants during the fourth quarter of their game in East Rutherford, New Jersey December 29, 2007. REUTERS/Gary Hershorn</p>