Hard to Live When Your World is Upside Down #StoryTimeWithDJMoore

By DJ Moore

It was my first year out of Chicago. I was in Charlotte, North Carolina, playing with the Carolina Panthers. I was excited because I had been fortunate enough to play for my hometown team. The Panther’s facility is one hour from where I grew up, and they hold training camp in the very town where I’m from – Spartanburg, SC on Wofford College campus. I had made it through the dog days of training camp and the season was up next. 

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The first game finally arrived, and we were playing the Seahawks. It was Sept 8, 2013, on a hot day in Charlotte. I was playing nickel as I always did on third downs. This particular game one of the starting safeties was injured, so I was asked to step in at free safety. Someone told me the more you can do, the better, so I learned every position I could play. I was the backup corner, nickel and safety. I played free safety for a couple of series, and everything was going great. Not to mention, I didn’t have to tackle beast mode because our front 7 were dominant all game. With no warning, my world was suddenly flipped upside down.

We had just forced Seattle into a fourth-down situation. I was walking off the field when all of a sudden, I could not see straight. I almost fell, but I caught myself. I paused for a moment to see what I could do not to fall. I started walking in the opposite direction that I felt the world was pulling me. I finally got to the bench, not saying much but dealing with what was happening to my view of the world. I’m puzzled because I have not tackled anyone all game. I wondered what could have caused my world to turn right side up. I sat thinking and hoping that I would regain my vision as I needed to continue playing.   Coach yells, “Punt alert,” I only had one play to get myself together. Right before we were to walk back on the field, my view of the world snapped back into place. I went back into the game and finished it out. To this day, I’m not sure what happened to me. 


DJ Moore

About DJ Moore

DJ is a retired NFL Cornerback who played five years with the Chicago Bears, Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Carolina Panthers.