William Moore (American football)

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William Moore
Willie Moore.jpg
Moore in 2009
No. 25 Atlanta Falcons
Position: Strong safety
Personal information
Date of birth: (1985-05-18) May 18, 1985 (age 30)
Place of birth: Hayti, Missouri
Height: 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Weight: 221 lb (100 kg)
Career information
High school: Hayti (MO)
College: Missouri
NFL draft: 2009 / Round: 2 / Pick: 55
Career history
Roster status: Active
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of Week 17, 2014
Tackles: 314
Quarterback sacks: 3.5
Interceptions: 14
Forced fumbles: 6
Stats at NFL.com

William Moore (born May 18, 1985) is an American football strong safety for the Atlanta Falcons of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at University of Missouri. He was chosen by the Falcons in the second round of the 2009 NFL Draft.

Early years[edit]

While at Hayti High School Moore was a standout wide receiver and cornerback earning all-state honors on both sides of the ball. While at Hayti he helped them win three consecutive conference championships from 2001 to 2003. He finished his high school career with a school record 74 receptions for 1,768 yards and 34 touchdowns.

College career[edit]

Moore chose to play college football at the University of Missouri over schools such as Oklahoma, Purdue, Mississippi, Arkansas and Illinois, among others. After being redshirted as a freshman in 2004, He played in nine games in 2005, starting two of them, finishing the season with 30 tackles and one interception. As a sophomore in 2006 he played in all 13 games, with four starts. He finished the season with 51 tackles and an interception. As a junior in 2007 Moore recorded 117 tackles and set a school record with eight interceptions, returning one for a touchdown.[1] His play earned him All-American and All-Big 12 first-team honors. As a senior in 2008, he battled through numerous injuries which cost him to miss two full games and parts of two others. Despite the injuries he finished the season with 85 tackles and an interception.

Moore finished his college career with 284 tackles, 11 interceptions, three sacks, and a school record four interception return touchdowns.

Professional career[edit]

Atlanta Falcons[edit]

Moore was drafted by the Atlanta Falcons in the second round of the 2009 NFL Draft. He wears the number 25 to honor his Missouri teammate Aaron O'Neal, who died during a voluntary workout in the summer of 2005.

Moore played only two games in his rookie season, however in his 2010 season, he played 16 games, recording 72 total tackles, 5 interceptions, and one forced fumble.[2] He was the fifth-leading tackler for the Atlanta Falcons in 2010, and was tied with Brent Grimes as the leader in interceptions, with five each.[3] Moore also plays with a former Missouri Tigers teammate, Sean Weatherspoon.

On March 9, 2013, Moore signed a five-year, $32 million contract to stay with the Falcons.[4]

NFL stats[edit]

Year Team GP COMB TOTAL AST SACK FF FR FR YDS INT IR YDS AVG IR LNG TD PD
2009 ATL 2 2 1 1 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2010 ATL 16 72 59 13 0.0 1 1 0 5 117 23 34 0 8
2011 ATL 12 54 40 14 0.5 2 0 0 2 56 28 29 0 9
2012 ATL 12 75 59 16 1.0 2 1 0 4 51 13 33 0 8
2013 ATL 16 86 67 19 2.0 3 2 0 3 36 12 19 0 7
2014 ATL 7 25 13 12 0.0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Career 65 314 239 75 3.5 10 4 0 14 260 19 34 0 32

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Key

  • GP: games played
  • COMB: combined tackles
  • TOTAL: total tackles
  • AST: assisted tackles
  • SACK: sacks
  • FF: forced fumbles
  • FR: fumble recoveries
  • FR YDS: fumble return yards
  • INT: interceptions
  • IR YDS: interception return yards
  • AVG IR: average interception return
  • LNG: longest interception return
  • TD: interceptions returned for touchdown
  • PD: passes defensed

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