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Favre-to-Moss becomes reality

Brett Favre finally got his wish. He will be playing with Randy Moss, and the Minnesota Vikings couldn't be happier about it.

The Super-Bowl-or-bust Vikings punched Moss’ return ticket from New England on Wednesday for a 2011 draft pick – reportedly a third-rounder.

The Patriots sent the seven-time Pro Bowl wide receiver back to the team that turned him into a superstar after drafting him in the first round in 1998.

The Vikings play at New York on Monday night, and Vikings coach Brad Childress said without hesitation Moss would be in uniform against the Jets – in his old purple No. 84.

“Man, we wish this would have happened a week later,” Jets running back LaDainian Tomlinson said.

Moss is expected to join the Vikings today and talk with reporters afterward.

“This is an exciting move; I think everybody feels that in the locker room,” Favre said on the team’s website.

Moss spent his first seven seasons in Minnesota, where he racked up 9,142 yards and 90 touchdowns and fueled a run to the NFC title game after the 1998 and 2000 seasons.

Tired of his attitude and wary of a hamstring injury that hampered him in the 2004 season, the Vikings traded Moss to Oakland in ’05. He wore out his welcome there, and the Raiders sent him to New England in ’07.

EXTRA POINTS

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