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Patriots.com News Blitz - 7/7/2008

Randy Mosswants to win a championship ... in football, of course, but also in NASCAR. The Craftsman Truck Series team he purchased recently debuts July 19 at Kentucky Speedway.

"I'm ready to take this all the way," Moss proclaimed in a *USA TODAY *piece over the holiday weekend.

"I know a few other celebrities have had a chance," he continued, alluding to the likes of NFL stars Troy Aikman, Roger Staubach, Jim Kelly, Tim Brown, and Terry Bradshaw. "But I think I'm hungry and I want to put it out to my team how hungry I am."

The *Boston Herald *offers a similar feature, in which Moss admitted, "Most of those guys started out at the top [in the Sprint Cup Series]. I am true believer in you have to crawl before you walk, and I wanted to start at the bottom in the Truck Series."

Though he doesn't have any sponsors yet, Moss isn't concerned.

"My door's open to any sponsor willing to team up with Randy Moss Motorsports, but at the same time I'm ready to keep this thing going myself," Moss added in Boston Globe article. "Either way, we're going to be happy and satisfied with what we're trying to develop."

While Moss can afford such risky business ventures, being an established NFL veteran, players like rookie LB Jerod Mayoare just getting started. He and several other first-year players attended the league's annual rookie symposium in California last week to learn about some of the real-life issues that pro athletes must confront.

Mayo also was asked by a *Globe *reporter about the chances of his signing a contract in time for the start of training camp later this month. He replied that he hoped it would get done soon.

"I definitely do. Hopefully, it works out. That's between the Patriots and my people. I feel like that's one of the major things they talked about coming into the league, is to come into camp on time."

The Herald also offers an update on the construction of The Hall at Patriot Place. Later in that same story, S Rodney Harrisonreacts to his being named by several NFL coaches as the dirtiest player in the league.

"If you understand me and you've seen me play," he said, "if you watch the film, you'll see that I play hard, that I'm very fair with people."

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