Former NFL wide receiver Randy Moss defended his former teammate, New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, in the "DeflateGate" scandal in a July 11 interview with the Fayetteville Observer.
Tom Brady has Randy Moss' unwavering support.
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Moss held a press conference in the South View Gym in Fayetteville, N.C. before the start of his Randy Moss Academy football camp on July 11.
There, he expressed his support for the New England Patriots quarterback, whom the NFL suspended for four games for his alleged involvement in the "DeflateGate" scandal, per The Fayetteville Observer's Earl Vaughan, Jr.:
"I've always stood in Tom's corner. I called myself a professional but that man was definitely a letter grade above me.
"Over some air? If he did, so what? He hasn't shown me anything but how he carries himself as a professional man, husband, father and athlete.
"Tom Brady is a pro's pro. I love the man and everything he's accomplished."
On the issue of domestic violence, Moss told Vaughan the only way the NFL can control it is if the players practice more self-control and discipline:
"It starts with you," Moss stressed. "You have to not point fingers. Those are just excuses and such. Once you take it upon yourself, that's how you control it."
In terms of player safety in the NFL, Moss told The Fayeteville Observer he expects the rules to continue to change to make football safer.
"As long as it's football, as long as there's contact and as long as guys get hit, things are going to happen," Moss told Vaughan.
The 38-year-old Moss says he was fortunate to play football for a living. After all he has accomplished on the field, he is now focusing his efforts on helping kids becoming tomorrow's football stars:
"Life is not about me telling you I just came from McDonald's where I bought a guy a cup of coffee. Some people like exposure for the wrong reason, I've always been a private guy. God has blessed me to be able to show my talents and provide and take care of my family.
"These kids are my life...Being around these kids is like I'm still around football, I just don't put the helmet on. I never played the game of football for money. The love I have for the game is real love."
Two months ago, Moss once again showed how much heart he has.
Moss was on hand to present leukemia patient and Pelican Rapids (Mn.) High School senior Kassi Spier her diploma on May 22. According to InForum.com's Hayden Goethe, the two struck up a friendship when he played for the Minnesota Vikings several years ago.
Spier was also diagnosed with a brain tumor two years ago. Her father passed away in a car accident in 2004, per InForum.com.
Pelican Rapids Public School District Superintendent Deb Wanek told Goethe that Moss promised to be at Spier's graduation, but Spier, her family and classmates never expected he'd actually show up:
"She's had many struggles in her life and he's been there for her. He told her he'd be at her high school graduation.
"We heard there was a possibility. But we didn't know."
Two days after Moss attended Spier's high school graduation, he drew a big crowd at the Fan HQ store in Ridgedale Mall in Minnetonka, Mn.
The Minneapolis Star Tribune's Jim Souhan says the crowd "cheered and chanted his name."
Moss returned the favor by waving back and high-faving store employees as he made his way inside. He signed autographs for $84 each -- a total of 250 in one hour. The No. 84 stands for the number Moss wore as a member of the Vikings.
He signed larger items for $116, per The Minneapolis Star Tribune.
Souhan reveals it was during Moss' rookie year in 1998 when he met Spier, who was only two years old at the time. Spier "yelled his name at training camp," per The Minneapolis Star Tribune report.
When Spier was diagnosed with leukemia at the age of four, Moss promised to help her in any way he can. He still invited her to lunch and even routinely held her hand five years after they first met, per Souhan.
Vikings fan Tyron Carter told Souhan about Moss' soft side and the way he remembers Spier:
"I remember her. She always came to training camp. Randy just loved those kids. That's what people don't understand about him.
"That's him. There ain't nothing he can do."
Moss caught for 15,292 yards and 156 touchdowns on 982 receptions in 218 career regular-season games of the Minnesota Vikings, Oakland Raiders, New England Patriots, Tennessee Titans and San Francisco 49ers, per ESPN stats.
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