GLENDALE, Ariz. -- If it looks and sounds like Randy Moss plays with a chip on his shoulder, it's because he does.
And that opinion comes from the New England Patriots receiver himself.
"Football is a brutal game and to be successful at it, you really need to have an angry chip on your shoulder," Moss said yesterday at Super Bowl media day. "I've still got the chip and it's going to stay there as long as I'm in the game."
That chip was ridiculed for years at his recent stop in Oakland where Moss was often painted as being unruly and a disruptive force albeit for good reason.
Bashed as a quitter for his time as a Raider, many expressed shock after the Patriots signed him in the off-season. Those critics ate crow after watching him catch a single-season record 23 touchdown passes.
"(Critics) said I didn't have it any more," Moss said. "But teams are still hitting me with double and triple coverages and I'm still finding ways to get into the end zone.
"Before I retired, I wanted a chance to play on this stage -- not for the publicity and everything but just to play in the Super Bowl."
Though he was a huge part of the Patriots undefeated regular season, Moss has been limited to a pair of catches in two playoff games. That will all change Sunday, he says.
"What I've done for the last few weeks in practice and in weight training and eating right," Moss said, "I'm setting myself up to come out here and show the world what I really got."