Joe Moore (American football)

Joe Moore
No. 45, 49
Date of birth (1949-06-29) June 29, 1949
Place of birth St. Louis, Missouri
Career information
Position(s) RB/PR
Height 6 ft 1 in (185 cm)
Weight 205 lb (93 kg)
College Missouri
High school Beaumont (St. Louis)[1]
NFL draft 1971 / Round: 1 / Pick: 11
Drafted by Chicago Bears
Career history
As player
1971, 1973 Chicago Bears
Career highlights and awards
Career stats

Joseph Lee Moore, Jr.[2] (born June 29, 1949) is a former American football running back. He was drafted in the first round (11th overall) of the 1971 NFL Draft by the Chicago Bears after playing college football for Missouri.

College career

At Missouri, he became the school's all-time leading rusher,[3] and in 1969, he broke the school's record for the most rushing yards in a season with 1,312 yards. In his senior year in 1970, Moore was among the nation's top running backs in five games, rushing for 610 yards until he suffered a shoulder injury. Moore ended his college career with eleven 100-yards rushing games in his career, which remains the highest by any Missouri player, and in 1995, he was inducted into the University of Missouri Hall of Fame.[3]

Professional career

However, in the National Football League, Moore failed to stay healthy,[4] along with having to follow Bears legend Gale Sayers' footsteps, and was only able to muster 281 yards on 87 carries with no touchdowns in 23 games during two seasons with the Bears,[5] while only averaging 3.2 yards per carry.[6] Moore also had five receptions for 39 yards, along with a punt return for no yards.[7] Moore played in nine games in his rookie season in 1971, Moore ran for 90 yards, while recording 22 receiving yards, as Chicago finished 6–8.[8] Two years later, in his final season, Moore appeared in all 14 games, recording 191 rushing yards and 17 receiving yards, and the Bears finished with a record of 3–11.[9]

Post-football career

Moore later became a track coach, and coached the Berkeley High School girls track team to a Missouri state championship in 1993.[3]

Personal life

Moore was married to Fran Moore; they had three children, Joeseph, John and James Moore. John has two children (John Patrick and Christopher) and James has three children (Erin, James, and Joseph).


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  2. "Joe Moore". Retrieved 2013-05-01.
  3. 1 2 3 "Player Bio: Joe Moore". Missouri Tigers. Retrieved 2013-05-01.
  4. Doxsie, Don (2013-04-26). "Eye openers: Bears have been feast or famine in first round". Quad-City Times. Retrieved 2013-05-03.
  5. Mayer, Larry (2013-04-24). "Taking a look at best, worst Bears draft picks". Chicago Bears. Retrieved 2013-05-01.
  6. Slupski, Brian (2012-04-26). "NFL Draft: Who is the Worst Bears Draft Pick Ever?". Patch Media. Retrieved 2013-05-03.
  7. Noble, Dane (2011-04-06). "Worst Bears Draft Picks of All-Time: Joe Moore". SB Nation. Retrieved 2013-05-03.
  8. "1971 Chicago Bears season". Fantasy Football Challenge. Retrieved 2013-05-03.
  9. "1973 Chicago Bears". Fantasy Football Challenge. Retrieved 2013-05-03.
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