FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- Patriots defensive lineman Vince Wilfork was emotional and passionate when speaking Thursday about the trade of receiver Randy Moss.
“It’s a business. That’s how you have to look at it. I mean, I was very fortunate to play with a guy like Randy and have a chance to know him as a person, not just an athlete. Great person, great athlete, but probably one of the greatest guys you’ll ever meet. The game. His personality. How he approaches the game. Business. It’s a classic case of business. It happens all the time," he said in hushed tones at his locker.
"We’re going to keep rolling. I’m pretty sure Randy is going to do what he has to do in Minnesota. One thing is for sure – we’re friends forever. So I’ll talk to him, he’ll talk to me. Just because we’re on the other side doesn’t mean a thing. I want to beat him when we face him. I do want to beat him. From a personal standpoint, good guy. That’s business.”
Asked if he's disappointed that Moss is no longer on the team, Wilfork responded "of course."
“Any time you lose someone that you’re close to and you’ve been playing with for a while [who] taught you a lot and actually seen a guy like that work on the practice field, and seen him put up a record in the NFL ... Those are memories. He has a place in Florida. I have a place in Florida. I’m pretty sure we’ll hook up at the end of the season and fish and golf like we always do.”
Asked about any issues with Moss in the locker room, Wilfork said: "We never had problems with Randy. Our locker room is our locker room. We never had an issue. I can’t remember an issue we had. That was business. It’s all business. It happens. You have to move forward from it. That’s something we’ll do around here.”
When asked how the Patriots could possibly be better without Moss, Wilfork said time will tell.
“We’ll all see. I can’t answer those questions. We can answer them on Sundays,” he said. "We have 53 men on this roster. Time will tell. I’m not going to say ‘no’ or ‘yes’. We have a lot of football to play. I’m happy with this team, with everybody that’s around here, young and old guys. I’m very excited with this team. I’m looking forward to seeing how far we can go with this team."