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June 13, 1977|
|Height||5 ft 11 in (180 cm)|
|Weight||186 lb (84 kg)|
|2000||Tampa Bay Buccaneers*|
|2000||New York Jets|
|2001||New Orleans Saints*|
|2004||New England Patriots|
|2007||Las Vegas Gladiators|
|*Offseason and/or practice squad member only|
Earthwind C. Moreland (born June 13, 1977 in Atlanta, Georgia) is a former National Football League cornerback for the New England Patriots and Arena Football League cornerback/wide receiver for the Las Vegas Gladiators. He was drafted by Team Alabama of the AAFL in 2008.
High school years
Moreland attended Georgia Southern University and was a letterman in football. In football, he was a two-time All-Southern Conference selection (junior and senior seasons), he also garnered third-team All-America honors from the Sporting News during his senior year. Over the course of his college career, he played in 52 games with 42 starts as Georgia Southern won 3 consecutive Southern Conference titles and finished with the NCAA Division I-AA championship.
Initially signed as an undrafted rookie free agent by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2000, he was waived and claimed off waivers by the New York Jets in the same off-season, and a year later was traded, along with a sixth-round pick in 2002, to the New Orleans Saints for running back Chad Morton in August 2001, only to be waived by the Saints just over a week later and claimed off waivers by the Jacksonville Jaguars the following day. Moreland spent about one month with the team before an ultimate release from their practice squad, landing with the Cleveland Browns in the same capacity, and was mostly inactive. Allocated by the Cleveland Browns to the Rhein Fire of NFL Europe in 2002, where Moreland earned All-League honors as the Fire went on to lose in World Bowl X. Moreland remained with the team when he returned, then landed on injured reserve with a groin injury.
After being signed and released within a month from August to September 2004 by the New England Patriots, he had a brief stint on the Minnesota Vikings practice squad and was again signed by the Patriots. He was promoted from the practice squad and found some playing time with the New England Patriots in 2004 due to injuries to the Patriots' secondary (including starters Ty Law and Tyrone Poole), making 2 starts in 9 games. By the end of the season and during the playoffs, Moreland was the 4th cornerback on the depth chart, behind Asante Samuel, Randall Gay, and wide receiver Troy Brown. Moreland was released after the season. He spent about 3 weeks over August 2006 attempting to make the cut with the Houston Texans, but did not make the team. He recorded 15 career tackles (14 solo) in the NFL.
- Moreland was named after his mother's favorite band, Earth, Wind & Fire.