Tracy Moore Aspiring to Lead in NFL
MAY 6, 2014, STILLWATER, OK - In a matter of days, Tracy Moore will likely see his lifelong dream of signing with an NFL team come true, but that doesn't mean he's forgotten where he's from.
Born and raised in Tulsa, OK, the wide receiver has been dreaming of the NFL since he was six years old.
Moore's father, also named Tracy, had a notable NBA career with the Mavericks, Pistons and Rockets, which helped his son develop an early career interest in professional sports.
'My dad traveled a lot while he was in the NBA,' said Moore, 'But my parents made sure to sign me up for basketball and baseball. Both sports have been a huge part of my life since I can remember.'
Early on, Moore idolized fellow wide receiver Jerry Rice.
'He's always been an inspiration to me because of his work ethic and the dedication he has for the game,' said Moore.
Another inspiration for Moore comes off the playing field: his brother-in-law, a former University of Oklahoma athlete.
'When he came into my life, he really changed my perspective on everything,' said Moore.
While Moore has had his share of off the field troubles, he assures these are in no way a statement of his overall character.
'After I turned 21, yes, I made some bad decisions,' said Moore. 'But I don't drink any more so those decisions are less likely to happen.'
'I was never in trouble before that, and I don't think some people realize how difficult it was,' he continues. 'A lot of kids look up to me, and I felt like I let them down. For some people it's not that big of a deal, but since people know my name it gets taken out of proportion. Unfortunately, there's not a lot I can do about that.'
Despite his off field issues, Moore assures his head is in the game, and always has been.
'What sets me apart is that I'm dedicated to the game no matter what,' said Moore. 'It doesn't matter if it's in the first round or free agency, my mission is to play the game. I've been doing it for free for so long, so money is the least of my worries.'
Not only does Moore's character show through in his driven performance, but also with his Cowboys teammates.
'I'm a team leader on and off the field,' adds Moore. 'When I'm with my team, I'm constantly giving advice to those that are struggling. Guys call me up all the time when they feel they can't go on any more, and I'm always there to remind them that they can, and that it will get better. It's a blessing that I can help so many people out, but I wish it was something more people were able to see in me.'
His Cowboys aren't the only ones to feel the love; Moore has been volunteering with the Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA) for the past couple years. This includes hospital visits to children with terminal illnesses.
'I've become really great friends with a lot of these kids, whether I met them through FCA or on my own,' said Moore. 'They come to the games, and I wear several of the bracelets they've given me every day. Not only do I have an impact on them, but they have a huge impact on me, in a way I never thought was possible.'
Moore knows that his actions speak louder than his words, and that's why he's dedicated himself to making sure kids who look up to him have a solid role model to follow and learn from.
Combining his amazing athletic talents and dedication to being a role model parents want their kids looking up to; Moore has the potential to be an all-star in the NFL both on and off the field.
To get a closer look at what NFL GMs are looking at ahead of this week's draft, view Moore's highlight reel here. Additional stats are available at www.MooreCatches.com and you can interact with him on social media via @MooreCatches.
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