Author Archives: 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.

The NFL Has Its Moments But Also Has Its Setbacks #StoryTimeWithDJMoore

By DJ Moore Being a part of the NFL was a great experience that I would not change for the world. For all the good the NFL offers, it also has its setbacks. Being in the NFL 5 years and watching the business of football, I think the hardest thing about it is watching teammates and good friends get released without warning. Over the years, two instances frustrated me. One of the first questions rookies would ask is how many players in a particular position would be kept. The NFL is, for sure, a numbers game. Veteran players typically shrug off the question, tell them to work hard and things will work …
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The Transition #StoryTimeWithDJMoore

By DJ Moore The quarterback snaps the ball. He drops back to throw the pass, and DJ Moore intercepts it. The crowd goes wild, and it feels like I can do this forever. A month later reality hits, and the guy who was making plays is desperately searching for a new team. The NFL slogan for players has always been “Not For Long,” but exactly how long is so unpredictable. I remember it like yesterday – enjoying the fruits of my labor on the field, and having a great time in the locker room with my teammates.   Then without warning, I was out of a job with no backup plan. …
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How I Accidentally Met Rod Marinelli #StoryTimeWithDJMoore

By DJ Moore Every day I would walk onto the practice field 30 to 45 minutes early.  Arriving early gave me the freedom of being able to do things I would not normally do, like kicking field goals.  I really enjoyed that. Each day I saw this older man, with a sleeve on his leg, who seemed like he could barely walk. He would walk beside me to practice. At the time, I was a hard-headed rookie struggling on the field, and was looking for someone to talk with about my situation. Day after day, we walked out to the indoor practice facility together, and the more I saw him, …
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When It Is Time To Let The NFL Go, The NFL Will Surely Let You Know #StoryTimeWithDJMoore

By DJ Moore I had just been released by the Carolina Panthers and had no team to play for. I called my agent about what my next step would be. He told me to sit tight, and he would make some calls. I was both nervous and excited about the opportunity to continue playing football. He finally called me and said, “I have a workout scheduled with the Detroit Lions.” I had never gone through that process and did not know what to expect. I packed a couple of things, kissed my wife and kids, and headed off to the airport. I arrived at the team facility, greeted by a …
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When your Head Coach is a “Dead Man Walking” #StoryTimeWithDJMoore

By DJ Moore It’s an eerie feeling being on a team when you know your coaches’ jobs are on the line. At the start of the 2012 season, we were very optimistic. We had finished a great training camp, and the defense looked good as usual. We came out of the gate immediately beating the Colts. Then we lost to Green Bay, as we often did during the time I was in Chicago. From there, we went on a six-game winning streak. Every year it seemed we started hot and then something went wrong and we ended up 9-7 to miss the playoffs. The coaches needed to do better because …
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Nothing Like Laughing When You Losing #StoryTimeWithDJMoore

By DJ Moore We had just lost a couple of games in a row.  Practice after weeks of losing always carried a severe sentiment.  Game day finally arrived after a week of hard practices. I arrived at my game-day locker, where I daydreamed about my performance. You would have been hard-pressed to find a smile in the place. Everyone seemed to be on edge about getting off the losing streak. Coaches started to emerge from the back of the locker room. This typically meant the game was soon to begin. The final coach who emerged, as always, was Lovie Smith. He had his standard game day steel-face look.   His …
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The Phrase No NFL players Wants to Hear, “Could you get your playbook and come with me please?” #StoryTimeWithDJMoore

By DJ Moore I had just walked out of a team meeting when a dreadful statement was given to me, “Go and get your playbook.” My stomach dropped to the floor because I knew what he was saying.  I was getting my walking papers in front of the entire team in the middle of the hallway.  I proceeded to my locker and grabbed my iPad and playbook.  Me and the cut man, advanced to the elevators to meet with the general manager to get the official word. I walked into the general manager’s office and he said, “DJ, we no longer need your services here.” Even though I knew it …
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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.  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 …
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Vanderbilt’s Michael Jordan #StoryTimeWithDJMoore

By DJ Moore I arrived on Vanderbilt’s campus full of optimism. I had just graduated from high school and would attend summer session at Vanderbilt University. I had never really even heard of Vanderbilt until they started recruiting me. After that, I began to see them all the time on television. The first time I had ever watched a game was a Vanderbilt vs. Tennessee game. A young freshman wide receiver was making plays all over the field. I think he won the game on a slant or something like that. After a little 7 on 7, it was time for DB vs. WR. If you know me, you know …
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The Kick Is Up and It Is Good, Bears Win! #StoryTimeWithDJMoore

By DJ Moore I forget the game and the opponent. All I know is we were playing at Soldier Field. The defense, as usual, was doing a great job. The offense was having a couple of complications moving the ball as they did from time to time. While the offense struggles to move the ball, frustration mounts on the sideline, leading to a jaw-dropping ordeal. Robbie Gould, as he would all the time, voiced his opinion on the sideline. He seemed to have something to say about every single play. I always laughed, paid him no attention and did my job. I think Cutler threw an incomplete pass or interception …
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