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“What do you expect from me effort-wise?” Moss twice barked at the reporter, who said he didn’t know what to expect.

“I don’t know what to expect neither, next question,” Moss said.

Moss is staunchly defended back home in West Virginia, where they tell stories of him breaking down after helping children in need and showing up unannounced to do autograph signings to help raise money for local charities at their events.

Randy’s always lived in a fish bowl,” DiPiero said. “He always doesn’t come across as real open. He lets his guard down when he’s around kids. But around adults that he doesn’t know, he’s very cautious.

“When you get to know him, he’s funny. That’s why his teammates like him so much, because he’s a character. He’s funny. He gets people pumped up. He’s competitive. And he’s hilarious.”

Childress isn’t laughing. His unilateral decision to cut Moss drew the ire of some players and put him in a precarious position with team ownership as the Vikings (3-5) try to salvage their season.

Moss, on the other hand, has been welcomed warmly by coach Jeff Fisher and the Titans, in yet another fresh start in a career that may be running out of them.

“You never know what the future holds,” the 33-year-old Moss said. “Right now I’m a Tennessee Titan. I’m here to do whatever coach Fisher wants me to do.”


AP Sports Writers John Raby in West Virginia, Steven Wine in Miami, Teresa M. Walker in Nashville, Tenn. and Howard Ulman in Boston, and freelance writer Mark Bradford in South Bend, Ind., contributed to this story.