Crumpler touches on Moss trade

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – Veteran tight end Alge Crumpler, who has become a leader in the Patriots locker room, was the first player to answer questions from reporters today on the trade of Randy Moss.

Asked his reaction to the trade, Crumpler responded by saying he’s seen several trades over his 10-year career.

“You still have to show up to work and come in and be a professional,” he said. “A guy like myself [tries to] keep the guys in the locker room together, so we go out there and continue to play. We still have 12 games to play. It’s important for us to go out as a team and make things happen.

“We all, in this locker room, love Randy,” he continued. “He’s a Hall of Fame player. I probably haven’t played with two or three Hall of Fame players in my career,” he said. “I studied him, I watched him, I learned a lot from him. Like coach said ‘I wish him well, we all wish him well, except for when they come in here.’”

When asked how stunned he was at the news, Crumpler said, “Everybody is looking for a reaction. There is nothing we can do to bring him back. All we have to do is focus on playing and staying together. The one thing I do know about this team is that if we believe in each other in this locker room, we can go out and beat anybody. We showed that Monday night and we’ll continue to show that.”