Moore sees the light now

IAN BUSBY, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 10:19 AM ET

HAMILTON -- Travis Moore owes an apology to Wally Buono.

Same goes for Danny Barrett, George Cortez and all of his other former coaches in the CFL.

Now that the former star receiver with the Calgary Stampeders has become a coach himself, he realizes how much goes into the job.

He regrets all those times he questioned his coaches and claimed he worked just as hard.

"I really didn't know," said Moore, who is in first season as an offensive assistant with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats.

"I've apologized to every coach I've had. They all laugh and say, 'Oh yeah.' I truly understand it now. I put in my four and a half plus extra but ... it's night and day."

Through an 11-year career, Moore compiled 645 receptions, 9,930 yards and 79 touchdowns, with the first eight years in Calgary until he was traded to the Saskatchewan Roughriders on draft day in 2003.

He retired after the 2005 season and started coaching with the New Orleans Voodoo of the Arena League in 2007. After guest stints with the New Orleans Saints and Montreal Alouettes in 2007 and 2008, he joined GM Bob O'Billovich and head coach Marcel Bellefeuille in Hamilton.

His main responsibility is the running backs.

"A lot of these guys don't know who I am," Moore said. "They thought I was a running back. That's why I started losing weight because they were talking about me pretty bad."

Moore is thrilled to face his former team tonight (5 p.m., TSN) for the first time as a coach. He won't be coming to Calgary for the Oct. 3 meeting because assistants don't travel with the Ticats.

"It will always mean a lot because that was the first professional team that gave me a break," Moore said. "I got my first start there and I had a great eight years there. I still love the city. But we have to be focused so we can get a win.

"I'm happy in Hamilton, but it will always be emotional playing Calgary."

Throughout his playing career, Moore always thought he would end up coaching.

"I've always had goals, even when I was playing," Moore said. "I didn't reach the 10,000 yards. That was a goal for me but I didn't tell anyone.

"Now I continue to learn and hopefully I can one day be a position coach for receivers, then offensive co-ordinator, then eventually a head coach. That's my goal."


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