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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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Playing With A Concussion #StoryTimeWithDJMoore

By DJ Moore I reviewed the defense call from Mr. Urlacher. First, he gave the close call and then the blitz. Viking was the name of the blitz, and it was intended for me to rush opposite the close call. I was excited to be sent on blitzes because this was something I did not often do in games. Mathew Stafford sits back behind his center barking cadence. Down-set, I creep a little closer to the line of scrimmage not to show my blitz is coming. He hikes the ball, and I hit the rush on a dead sprint. I’m running wide open full speed towards the quarterback. Surprisingly, I …
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46 Actually Play #StoryTimeWithDJMoore

By DJ Moore My first game in the orange and blue was indeed an experience. I wanted to be excited about the game, but I honestly wasn’t. I was a 4th round draft pick who barely made the team. I was on the 53-man roster, but I knew there was no chance for me to play after a good preseason and horrible showing in training camp. I don’t remember who we were playing, all I can see is the locker room and the chair where I was seated.  I knew I wasn’t going to play, but I assumed I would dress out with the rest of the team. I was …
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The NFL is a Cutthroat League #StoryTimeWithDJMoore

By DJ Moore The toughest part of being in an NFL locker room was the potential of seeing your friends dismissed from the team. Every year it hurt like it was the first time. When the big time players were cut or traded, it made me feel insecure as a lesser valued player. Heading into training camp number three with the Chicago Bears, I was very excited about the season. We had just come off an NFC Championship loss, and I felt the sky was the limit for the coming season. I was moving into our camp over at Olivet Nazarene University, and I walked to get all my credentials. On the way back …
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