Belichick mum on Moss retirement


Belichick mum on Moss retirement

By Danny Picard Follow @dannypicard
FOXBORO -- On Monday @font-face font-family: "Times New Roman";p.MsoNormal, li.MsoNormal, div.MsoNormal margin: 0in 0in 0.0001pt; font-size: 12pt; font-family: "Times New Roman"; a:link, span.MsoHyperlink color: blue; text-decoration: underline; a:visited, span.MsoHyperlinkFollowed color: purple; text-decoration: underline; table.MsoNormalTable font-size: 10pt; font-family: "Times New Roman"; div.Section1 page: Section1; Randy Moss agent announced his client was retiring. But Moss never officially made a statement himself. Consequently, whenasked about the news on Tuesday, Patriots coach Bill Belichick reacted as if hewasnt completely buying it until he heard the announcement from Mossmouth.

I think Ive said many times that Randys one of the greatplayers that Ive had the opportunity to coach, said Belichick. But I dontknow that Ive seen him make that announcement. Maybe I missed it.

Belichick then asked the media, Has Randy been quoted onthat?

When he was told that only Moss agent confirmed theretirement, Belichick said, I dont want to speak for Randy. Of course I thinkhe was a great player. I think that will be recognized in time, at some point,of really how exceptional of a player he was. He made a lot of contributions toour football team during the time he was here. I enjoyed coaching him, and Ienjoyed our relationship, off the field as well as on the field.

As to reports that New England offered Moss a one-year deal? No comment there, either.

No surprise.

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Tom Brady delivers video message at funeral of Navy SEAL

Tom Brady delivers video message at funeral of Navy SEAL

Tom Brady delivered a video message last week at the funeral of Navy SEAL Kyle Milliken, a Maine native and former UConn track athlete killed in Somalia on May 5.

Bill Speros of The Boston Herald, in a column this Memorial Day weekend, wrote about Milliken and Brady's message.   

Milliken ran track at Cheverus High School in Falmouth, Maine, and at UConn, where he graduated in 2001. Milliken lived in Virginia Beach, Va., with his wife, Erin, and two children.  He other Navy SEALs participated in a training exercise at Gillette Stadium in 2011 where he met and posed for pictures with Brady.

Speros wrote that at Milliken’s funeral in Virginia Beach, Va., Brady's video offered condolences and thanked Milliken’s family for its sacrifice and spoke of how Milliken was considered a “glue guy” by UConn track coach Greg Roy.

Milliken had served in Iraq and Afghanistan, earning four Bronze Star Medals and was based in Virginia since 2004.  He was killed in a nighttime firefight with Al-Shabaab militants near Barij, about 40 miles from the Somali capital of Mogadishu. He was 38.

The Pentagon said Milliken was the first American serviceman killed in combat in Somalia since the "Black Hawk Down" battle that killed 18 Americans in 1993. 

In a statement to the Herald, Patriots owner Robert Kraft said: “It was an honor to host Kyle and his team for an exercise at Gillette Stadium in 2011. It gave new meaning to the stadium being known as home of the Patriots. We were deeply saddened to hear of Kyle’s death earlier this month.

“As Memorial Day weekend approaches, we are reminded of the sacrifices made by patriots like Kyle and so many others who have made the ultimate sacrifice to defend and protect our rights as Americans. Our thoughts, prayers and heartfelt appreciation are extended to the Milliken family and the many families who will be remembering lives lost this Memorial Day weekend.”