WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, W.Va. – Former Patriots receiver Randy Moss was back in his home state on Thursday watching his old team, and said after practice that he supports Tom Brady and doesn’t mention Deflategate when speaking with the Patriots quarterback.

“One thing y’all have to realize is Tom’s human. I’m not going to sit up here and tell you that it doesn’t affect him. I think not only does it affect him, it affects everybody in his circle,” Moss said. “As a professional, you just have to live with it and just move on from it. We talk every month, but that [Deflategate] is something we don’t talk about.


“I told Tom, first and foremost, that I’m gonna stand by him regardless of what happens, and I don’t call him to talk about anything negative. Friends are supposed to stay positive and move you in the right direction, and that’s what I’m there for.”

Moss spent just four seasons with the Patriots (2007-10), but finds himself all over the team’s record book. He holds the single-season mark for receiving touchdowns (23, in 2007), and is ninth on the career scoring list, with 50 touchdowns and one 2-point conversion.

He’s retired from the NFL now, recently opened an academy in Charlotte, N.C., and said he reached out to Patriots coach Bill Belichick a few months ago about attending Thursday’s practice. Moss said being at the Greenbrier gave him an opportunity to meet someone he’s long looked up to.

“Bill’s a legend, Tom’s a legend, there’s all kinds of legends on the field, but my legend growing up was Jerry West. That was my first time ever meeting Jerry West, it was definitely an honor,” Moss said. “I felt like a kid, looking up at the NBA logo. That’s what I’ve always called him. I never called him Jerry West, I’ve always called him the NBA logo, because I thought that was something special. He represented the same state that I represent. I finally got to meet one of my childhood heroes. It was a special day for me.”


PGA Tour golfer Bubba Watson was also among those attending the practice.

Patriots quarterback Tom Brady chatted with pro golfer Bubba Watson after practice Thursday.
Patriots quarterback Tom Brady chatted with pro golfer Bubba Watson after practice Thursday.AP

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