By: Abigail Frye
Anything worthwhile is never easy as one of The University of Findlay’s very own football players has proven time and time again. Jason Moore, a recent graduate of 2018, has overcome all obstacles and is invited to The NFLPA (National Football League Players Association) Collegiate Bowl on Jan. 19 in Pasadena, California.
Kory Allen, the Offensive Coordinator for UF football, explained how Moore got to this point.
“He has a great work ethic with very good physical tools and the way he has developed those is outstanding,” Said Allen
Moore started out his career as an Oiler as a redshirt Freshman. From there, Moore was able to perfect his skills for his sophomore year, which many were hoping to be his breakout year.
Despite his hard work and dedication, Moore unfortunately suffered from a broken leg a mere two weeks before the first game, ending the season for him before it started. This did not stop Moore from practicing harder and coming back even stronger the next year.
“Others can also learn that if you dedicate yourself to something and see it through adversity it can be done,” said Allen, encouraging Moore’s dedication in the face of obstacles.
In 2015, the UF football player made 38 receptions for 627 yards altogether. His numbers only grew as 2016 proved how successful Moore could be. He broke the school record for receiving yards with 1,115 yards and set another record with 15 touchdown receptions. These statistics gave him the title of first team all-GLIAC and a Don Hansens’s Football Gazette first team all-region along with an honorable mention All-American from the same publication. Jason Moore took these successes into his next year with even more records and titles.
In 2017, Moore was name first team all-G-MAC after the conference change and a G-MAC Offensive Player of the Week on Sept. 11. After missing most of the 2018 season, Moore came back with a vengeance becoming Findlay’s all-time receiving yards leader and the all-time touchdown receptions leader. Moore’s triumph led to an invitation to play in the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl game.
The NFLPA Collegiate Bowl is a chance for NFL draft-eligible college players to compete in a postseason game and be watched by potential fans and employers. Nearly 200 scouts show up, giving players the opportunity to show what they have got.
Moore is supported by many, including his coaching staff.
“I’d love to see him as an incredibly great wide receiver in the NFL,” said Allen. “But I know he’ll be great no matter what.”