Randy Moss has Tom Brady's back in Deflategate

Taking up head coach Bill Belichick on his invitation, former Patriots wide receiver Randy Moss was hanging out with the Pats during their join-practice with the Saints down in West Virginia on Thursday.

Moss, while wearing a Pats shirt throughout the session, was chatting it up with Belichick and tight end Rob Gronkowksi while he also played some catch with quarterback Tom Brady, all before he stood to take questions with the media for a bit on a host of topics. Deflategate of course came up in the discussion, and the soon-to-be Hall of Famer disclosed that he and Brady talk at least once a month, but leave Deflategate and all of the ridiculousness out of their conversation. Moss also loudly proclaimed his support for his former QB, saying that TB12 has his full backing in his fight to overturn his four-game suspension.

"We talk every month, but [Deflategate] is something we don’t talk about. I told Tom, first and foremost, that I’m going to stand by him regardless of what happens, and I don’t call him to talk about anything negative," said Moss. "Friends are supposed to stay positive and move you in the right direction. That’s what I’m there for.”

“One thing you have to realize is Tom is human,” Moss continued. “I’m not going to sit up here and tell you it doesn’t affect him. Not only does it affect him, it affects everybody in his circle. That’s just something that as a professional, you just have to just live with it, just move on from it."

A six-time Pro Bowler and four-time All-Pro, Moss scored 50 touchdowns in 52 games played with the Patriots, with nearly half of those coming in the magical 2007 season in which #81 broke the all-time touchdown record by hauling in 23 scores. He ranks 11th in NFL history for career receptions (982), third in total receiving yards (15,292) and second receiving touchdowns (156). 

The 38-year-old is eligible for the Hall of Fame in 2018. If he's not a first-ballot Hall of Famer I don't know what is. Photo credit: Boston Herald