Tuesday’s a good day for a request, and this one comes from the Twitter machine, Ryan Graham writes:
@thisdude_chris I have a perfect obscure athlete for you: Mewelde Moore.
— Ryan Graham (@Coachs_Rant) October 25, 2013
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Mewelde Moore may never suit up again in the NFL (he last played in 2012 for the Colts, so the door isn’t completely closed) but he managed to gut out parts of 9 seasons on the sport’s biggest stage. The running back attended Tulane where he was thrice named to the Sporting News All-Conference USA Team. He double-majored at Tulane, taking 24 credits in his final semester so that he could graduate on time. He now holds two degrees from the university, in business and accounting.
Moore was picked in the fourth round by the Vikings in 2004. His best pro season came in Moore’s second season, in which he rushed for 662 yards, starting 8 games for the Vikes. He was also one of the team’s primary punt returners, as he racked up 245 punt return yards, and brought one punt to the house for a touchdown in week 10 against the Giants.
The following year, however, primary rushing duties were given to Chester Taylor in Minnesota. Moore still returned kicks, but enjoyed a diminished role on the Vikings until he left for Pittsburgh in 2008. Moore started four games for the Steelers due to multiple injuries in the Pittsburgh backfield. He finished with a respectable 588 yards rushing and 5 touchdowns, and, of course, won the Super Bowl as a Steeler.
Moore never started again in the NFL after that ’08 season with Pittsburgh, though he stuck around as a Steeler for three more years, as a situational runner. His final (as of now) season was last year, when he appeared in nine games for the Colts. He finishes his career with more receiving touchdowns (8) than rushing touchdowns (6), and 2,267 rushing yards. He also has two return touchdowns in his career, and has also thrown for two NFL touchdown passes. Moore was a tough runner for nine years in the league, and now runs a foundation to promote youth education.
Check out Moore’s foundation here