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Friday, January 26, 2001

Warren Moon Chat

daniel: Warren. Super Bowl 35. Giants or Ravens?

Warren Moon : I really think the Giants are the more complete team. But the Ravens have the edge in the D side of the ball and special teams. For some reason the Ravens have a confidence and a swagger about them, and they are better battle tested for the playoffs. They are going to find a way to win it. I pick the Ravens.

M. Ryan: Hello Warren. Why not come back to the CFL for one or two more years before you retire? From what I have seen, you can still run and pass. You would pack the stadiums. You are still a God in Canada. Any chance of a return to the CFL?

Warren Moon : I really enjoyed my time in Canada. If I would do it all over again, I would. But that chapter of my career is over, and I'm going to move on. Now my NFL chapter is over too. I think the Canadian people got my best years. I wouldn't want ot give them any less if I came back.

Clyde C: Hi Warren. If you had the oppurtunity to come back to the CFL in some Managerial position such as head coach, would that be something you would be interested in doing?

Warren Moon : I really have no desire to coach. I have a lot of respect for them, but one of the reasons I'm retiring is that I'm looking forward to having free time, and coached don't have free time. A front office position would intrigue me -- like being president or someone in charge of football operations.

Kieran MacKenzie: If a contending team's quarterback gets injured in the middle of the season next year and they call you to fill in, _ I certainly believe you could do this -would you come out of retirement to make a run at the Super Bowl?

Warren Moon : That would be a very tough decision for me to make. A lot would depend on what sort of shape I was in at that time, the amount of time I would have at stgarting QB before the playoffs and the type of offense I'd be running.

Fred: When you go into the NFL Hall Of Fame, is it safe to say that you will be wearing a Houston Oilers uniform? Also, do you think you'll ever be inducted into the CFL Hall of Fame?

Warren Moon : It would be an honour to be inducted to either Hall. If I do go for the NFL, it would definitely be in an Oiler uniform because I spent most of my career there. If I was inducted to both, I'd likely be the only one to have done that.

Warren Moon : I'm third all time right now. So there wasn't a whole lot further for me to go. I regret nothing so far. I totally enjoyed my years in Canada. I don't look back. I look forward and try to do the best in any opportunity I'm given.

Keith McIvor: Hi Warren I'm from Canada and really enjoyed watching you play football for the Edmonton Eskimos, I was wondering which style of game did you like to play more the wide open game of the CFL or the more conservative run run pass style of the NFL?

Warren Moon : Fortunatley, I played wide open style everywhere I played. In the NFL I was always able to throw the ball. They said they wanted to run the ball, but they always ended up throwing it more. I was always fortunate to be able to show my skills at throwing the ball.

Chris from Markham: Hi Warren. If the salaries in the CFL were the same as in the NFL, do you think players that play in the NFL would prefer to play the CFL game (ie. 110 yrd field, 3 downs, etc.)? Thanks.

Warren Moon : I think certain players are suited for each league. I would hope that if the salaries were the same, he'd choose where his abilities were most suited. I think most Americans would choose the NFL though, because it is where they are from. But there is only so much room for so many players in the NFL, so many would still go for the CFL, or even now the XFL. There's just not enough room for all the talented players in one league.

"Hardcore": Hi Mr. Moon! You are without question, the best passing quarterback in professional history (except maybe Lancaster, but I'm a Rider fan). Do you think that the fact that you got part of your pro record 70,000 passing yards in the CFL, "tarnishes" the record or makes it better in the eyes of NFL fans?

Warren Moon : That's hard to say. I hope to think I have been productive where ever I've played. It shouldn't matter where I played. It depends what side of the border you are on though. Because I did well in both places, people should see that the numbers would have been the same had I always been in the NFL. It wasn't like my numbers were so much better in the CFL than they were in the NFL.

Wayne Ackerman..: Hi Warren I Remember when you played in the CFL did playing in the CFL help you become the great player you.. The reason I ask is because I think the CFL is a harder game to play.. What do you think ? Do you think it is harder to get a first down in the CFL or the NFL.. Thank You Wayne..

Warren Moon : There's no question that the CFL game is more difficult than people think. There is more emphasis on the passing with the three downs. I think it helped hone my skills as a passer and it gave me a lot of confidence. So any questions people had about my skills in the U.S., they were dispelled because the of the variety of the offences I ran in Canada. It is harder to get a first down in the CFL because you have one less down. The size of the field is an advantage in the CFL. That kind of evens it out a bit. But the CFL is still the answer.

Brent: Warren In your opinion, wht cant the cfl get any respect, on both the homefront, and elsewhere.A league like the XFL gets TV, Media attention etc,,,, yet the CFL with such tradition cant get any respect

Warren Moon : The XFL and the NFL are televised in the U.S. because they are based there. The CFL has to cover their game the same way up there. The market is smaller so the media impact is smaller. There is more exposure down here. Hockey gets more exposure in Canada. It all depends on how people want to cover it. The U.S. is only now started to promote the NHL the way Canadians do. So the CFL would have to follow suit. They'll never compare though because of the population of the country.

Tony Soprano: Hi Warren, My question is do you feel that your Edmonton Eskimo team of the late 70's and early 80's would have dominated if they played in the NFL (during that same time frame)?

Warren Moon : No. I don't think so. We'd have been competitive. People try to always compare the two leagues, and they are so different. They are hard ot compare. Setting up offences and defences depend on the rules of the game and the size of the field. The advantage would always depend on whose rules you'd use. You can't really make the comparison. They are too different.

Ken Reimer: i was 10 or 11 when it happened, but when the bombers picked off a pass in the cfl western finals(1982?) in the 4th, we got charged with a late hit on you. edmonton got the ball back and we eventually lost the game. it destroyed my youth. i've always be a big fan of yours but, in all honesty, was that really a late hit? i have to know.

Warren Moon : I think it was a hit to the head. The call was justified and officials always try to protect the QBs when the hits were unnecessary.

Brett: What was your best memory from your days in the CFL? and do you still keep in touch with your former team mates from Edmonton?

Warren Moon : My best memory was winning the Grey Cup the first time after Wilkinson retired. I basically took over the QB reigns myself. There was a lot of pressure to see if I could handle it and see if I could keep the legacy of winning going. Finally winning it on my own was pretty big for me. I've seen many of the guys from time to time, but I don't keep in regular contact with any of them.

Sterling: Warren, The playoff loss in Buffalo had to be one of your biggest disappointments. Take us through your thoughts and emotions as the game progressed and, if there was on play you or the offense could have back to make the difference, what would it be?

Warren Moon : A game of that significance, there probably wouldn't have been just one play. In that game we knew coming in that we had to take the crowd out of the game. We did that by getting a big lead early. I was a little to conservative on offense and we got too passive on defense and allowed them back into the game. It prevented us from winning, so that is what I would have changed.

Warren Moon: I'd like to thank all of the Canadians who have been fans of mine both in the CFL and the NFL. I ahve a tremendous amount of respect for Canada. My family and I really enjoyed living in Canada. I want to thank you for all of the love and support you've given me throughout my career.

The Moderator: Thanks for joining us today Warren. We are glad that you were able to reschedule the chat. Have fun this weekend watching the big game.








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