Gus Frerotte On AB: "One Player Doesn't Do It All"

Everyone in the NFL has an ego, Frerotte says, but "there's a humbleness that's got to happen"

Tiki and Tierney
January 03, 2019 - 12:32 pm

USA Today Images


Randy Moss is one of the greatest wide receivers in NFL history, but he was also one of the most polarizing. He was, for lack of a better term, a diva.

Former NFL quarterback Gus Frerotte experienced this firsthand in Minnesota in 2003-04. But he knew how to relate to Moss, who ranks fourth all time in receiving yards (15,292) and second in receiving touchdowns (156).

“I was with Randy, and I understood Randy,” Frerotte said on Tiki and Tierney. “I think Coach (Mike) Tice understood Randy and kind of let him run but was able to talk to him man-to-man. Randy wasn’t a guy you were going to come in and browbeat. You had to come in and you had to show some support but also say, ‘Look, you’re our leader, and you got to understand that what you do affects our whole team.’”

It seems Mike Tomlin needs to have that same talk with Antonio Brown, who didn’t play in the Steelers’ must-win game against the Bengals this past Sunday and could be on his way out in Pittsburgh.

“I’m sure that Mike has had that talk with (him),” Frerotte said. “I’ve met Coach Tomlin quite a few times. He’s a great guy, great father. I think he’s a great leader. But I don’t know what the deal is. Everybody in the NFL has egos, which makes a lot of people great, but there’s a humbleness that’s got to happen. I don’t know how you deal with that with certain people. It’s just a hard thing to mix, telling a guy, ‘Go out and be who you are,’ but then also understand how to be humble and be a part of a team because one player doesn’t do it all.”