|49ers WR Randy Moss will make his return to Minnesota on Sunday. (US Presswire)|
When WR Randy Moss chose to return to the NFL this year, he had options. It wouldn't have been difficult for the future Hall of Famer to find a pass-heavy offense, where he could pad his numbers on his way out the door.
Instead, he opted to sign with San Francisco, which ranked 29th in the NFL in passing offense a year ago.
Why? His return was about one thing: winning.
"Well, I'm not really thinking about Super Bowl," Moss said Wednesday, "but that really is the only thing missing on my resume."
Moss' role has been minimal through two impressive wins (5 catches, 61 yards, 1 TD), but, so far, he's been fine with that. He's been praised consistently by teammates and coaches for being a team-first guy, which is a complete contradiction from his last year in the league, when then-Vikings coach Brad Childress said Moss figuratively "walked in the locker room and vomited on it."
On Sunday, the 35-year-old receiver will return to Minnesota for the first time as a visitor when the 49ers play the Vikings.
"I'm looking forward to just hearing the Metrodome rock," Moss said. "Now I'm on with the away team, and I look forward to a good game."
He said he's not interested in what kind of reception he gets, but it's fair to assume the boos will outweigh the applause following his rocky stint in 2010.
"One thing about praises and boos is obviously you're doing something right. I think I just hang my hat on that," Moss said. "You hear the applause, of course you do, and you hear the boos, but I think the boos just being negative puts more pressure on you to go out and hush that noise up. So I look forward to hearing both and, like I said, I'm a 49er now and hopefully we can go into the Metrodome and come out of there 3-0."
While Moss' role with the 49ers is still evolving, Vikings coach Leslie Frazier said they'll be conscious of where he's at.
"He had a lot of great years here in Minnesota and we have to do a good job, we have to line up against him," Frazier said. "He can still make plays, evidenced by the things we're seeing on tape. I would expect he'll be up for this game like he is for every game."