Not bad for a rookie cornerback turned safety who grew up with dreams of becoming a pro baseball or basketball player with nary a thought for football.
Since his end zone knockdown, though, he’s been the toast of New England.
“I wouldn’t say that I’m a celebrity, at least I don’t feel that way,” he said. “Things really haven’t changed for me since that play. I gained Twitter followers but that was about it.”
What did they say to him?
“A lot of it was like: ‘Thanks for getting us to the Super Bowl,’” he said. “That’s ridiculous because it took more than one play, it took a whole season worth of plays to get here.”
To get where he is now, Moore took a decidedly circuitous route.
In high school he had to be talked into trying out for the football team by his friends as his dreams of a pro career were still cemented in baseball or basketball even though he admits he was merely average at best in both. His idols growing up were non football stars, Derek Jeter and Muggsy Bogues.
“I grew up playing basketball and baseball and in little league football you’re just out there running around,” he explained. “Going into high school, my mom didn’t want me to play three sports, didn’t want my grades to drop. Then as a senior she was just like: ‘It’s your last year, why not.’”
From there he went to a junior college in Oakland and eventually landed at SMU, although he originally didn’t know where the university was located.
After he was cut by his hometown Raiders team, Moore never thought that his pro career had come to a premature end, even though he was a non-drafted player who had a knee injury in his senior year.
“No, I definitely thought I was going to get another chance somewhere,” Moore said. “Where it was going to happen or when it was going to happen, I didn’t know if it was going to be Week 6 or Week 17. But I definitely felt that I was going to get another opportunity.”
Being all of 21 and having already overcome a host of pitfalls in life, discouragement was not in the cards. He was filled with the optimism of youth.
“With my past and going through the injuries in college, I think I just have the mindset of just keep pushing forward,” he said with a bright smile.
Given all that has transpired this season, he was asked if he feels like he should be pinching himself to see if it has merely been a dream.
“No, I’m just trying to soak it all in, take it day by day,” he said. “Being cut (by Oakland) definitely put a little bit more of a chip on my shoulder. But I’m glad that coach Belichick gave me an opportunity to come here and prove that I deserve a chance to compete.”
As for his play against Evans, he said that at the time he felt more relief than elation because he thought he had messed it up.
“What went through my mind was like ‘I’m glad I didn’t lose the game for us,’” Moore said. “It was actually a couple of seconds after (that he knew he made the play) because even after swiping (at the ball) I swiped again. I didn’t know I hit the ball.
“I thought he had scored the touchdown and I thought we had lost. So it was a couple of seconds later when I saw the ball on the ground.”
Moore may not have a lot of time in the game but he knows one thing, that you are only as good as the last play you make.
“We have another big game on Sunday so if I come out here and screw this game up it (his play against Baltimore) means nothing,” he said.
He’s got that right.