Herman Moore

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Herman Moore
No. 84
Wide receiver
Personal information
Date of birth: (1969-10-20) October 20, 1969 (age 44)
Place of birth: Linwood, New Jersey
Career information
College: University of Virginia
NFL Draft: 1991 / Round: 1 / Pick: 10
Debuted in 1991
Last played in 2002
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Receptions 670
Receiving yards 9,174
Touchdowns 62
Stats at NFL.com

Herman Joseph Moore (born October 20, 1969) is a former American football wide receiver in National Football League. He was drafted by the Detroit Lions in the first round of the 1991 NFL Draft. He played college football at Virginia.

Moore also played for the New York Giants.

Early years[edit]

Moore attended George Washington High School in Danville. He is the son of Herman Moore Sr, a part-time singer and dancer who was a victim of the Vietnam War in 1970.

College career[edit]

Moore attended the University of Virginia, where he was a two-sport athlete. He ranks second all-time in career receptions and holds the school record in the high jump. Moore's college jersey number was 87.

He ranks second in career receiving yards with 2,504 and ranks first in receiving yards in a season with 1,190 yards (on 54 catches) set in 1990. The year before he had 848 yards on just 36 catches. He also scored 10 touchdowns in 1989 and followed that up with 13 in 1990.

Professional career[edit]

Moore was the Detroit Lions' first-round draft pick in 1991 and went on to shatter virtually all of Detroit's receiving records. He played in 145 games during 11 seasons (1991–2001) in Detroit. Moore was a 4 time Pro Bowler.


He holds Detroit's records for career receptions (670). On November 10, 2013, his touchdown catch record of 62 was surpassed by Calvin Johnson.[1] On December 8, 2013 Johnson also broke his career receiving yards record of 9,174. In 1995 he was selected the Lions' MVP on offense after breaking club marks in both catches (also a NFL record of 123) and yards (1,686) while scoring 14 touchdowns. His finest single-game performance came on December 4, 1995 against the Chicago Bears when he had a club record 14 catches for 183 yards, the fifth best total in Detroit history.

He also was the last Lion to catch three TD passes in a game (October 29, 1995 vs. Green Bay) until Roy Williams matched the total during the 2005 season. One of Moore's and his teammates' more memorable games came on November 23, 1995 - in a classic Thanksgiving Day game against the Minnesota Vikings. Moore (127 yards) and fellow receivers Brett Perriman (153) and Johnnie Morton (102) all eclipsed the 100-yard receiving mark, running back Barry Sanders rushed for 138 yards, and quarterback Scott Mitchell passed for 410 yards in a 44-38 Lions' victory.

Moore was a member of Lions’ squads who earned six playoff appearances in the 1990s (1991, 1993–95, 1997 and 1999). He was also a member of two teams that won the NFC Central division (1991 and 1993).

Moore was selected to four Pro Bowls (1994 to 1997). He was the second player (after Jerry Rice) to have three 100-catch seasons. Also in 1995, Moore and teammate Brett Perriman (108 catches) became the first teammates in NFL history with more than 100 receptions in the same season. In his highly successful 1995 season, Moore caught a career high 123 balls (an NFL record at the time). In 1998, Herman Moore received the inaugural All-Iron Award for his performance in the annual Thanksgiving Day game in Detroit.

Moore also played briefly for the New York Giants and finished his 12 NFL seasons with 670 receptions for 9,174 yards and 62 touchdowns. Herman Moore holds NFL records for both receptions (61) and receiving yards (965) on Thursday games.


  1. ^ Megatron sets Lions TD mark; Detroit controls NFC North cbssports.com wire reports, 10 November 2013.

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