Super Bowl Media Day 2013: Randy Moss says 49ers 'determined' to win

Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

The veteran gave his thoughts on the young and eager 49ers squad at media day on Tuesday.

Veteran wide receiver Randy Moss will play in his second Super Bowl on Sunday. His first trip came in 2008 with the undefeated New England Patriots.

This time he's with a "determined" San Francisco 49ers squad, Moss said at Super Bowl media day on Tuesday:

"In '07 with the Patriots, we were riding high being undefeated going up to the Super Bowl, I think that's just something we wanted to accomplish as a whole team, to set ourselves in history. But being here with the Niners, they were so close last year, I think just the way we practice, the way the guys speak in the locker room, they were determined to get back here."

Moss came back to the NFL with the 49ers after sitting out in 2011. He appeared in all 16 games, catching 27 passes for 434 yards and three touchdowns. He may even return to the team next year. His 2012 was a far cry from his 2009 numbers with the Patriots (1,264 yards, 13 touchdowns -- his last 1,000-yard season) but he provided stability for a young 49ers offense:

"I think the main thing I missed was the locker room, the meetings each week and coming out here each week to put on a show for the fans."

Despite the veteran status, Moss said he didn't take on a leadership role this season:

"I never considered myself trying to be a leader... I just wanted to come in and play football... If there's anything I've been able to give back to the younger guys, it is my experience. That's something I've taken to heart. Just looking at the younger guys and how they look at me is something I never imagined."

Moss is winding down a career that started in 1998 with the Minnesota Vikings. He's led the NFL in touchdown catches in five different seasons, including a record-breaking 2007 season in which he caught 23 touchdown passes from Tom Brady. In that season, Moss caught 98 passes for 1,493 years in his first season in New England.

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