Randy Moss was beyond thrilled after getting the call that he had been traded from the Oakland Raiders to the New England Patriots in 2007, though he didn’t make the best first impression on his new coach.
Thinking it was a friend playing a prank on him, Moss had some choice words for the person on the other end of the line, who turned out to be Bill Belichick.
“I thought it was a friend or somebody playing with my phone. I actually cussed him out,” Moss told ESPN. “When he kept saying it was Bill Belichick, I knew he was serious. I started being apologetic because I had cussed the man. Then he told me the Raiders were thinking about trading me. I had to be in Foxborough by 10 p.m. Eastern, or the trade would void. So, I just did everything that I could possibly do to get up there by 10 p.m.”
Then, it was time to celebrate.
“After I got off the phone with him, I was excited. I was hyped. I was in a club that night. Defensive tackle Shaun Rogers, who played for the Detroit Lions at the time, was there, so I went up there, high-fiving him, hugging random people,” Moss said. “Shaun asked me what was going on and I said to him, ‘I’m getting ready to be a Patriot.’ The first thing that came out of his mouth was, ‘Man, that’s cheatin’.”
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