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|Moore named to BC Hall|
Ferriday native Mack Moore Jr., doesn't spend a lot of time thinking about what might have been if he would have played his entire career in the NFL.
Then again, he would have missed out on being inducted into the British Columbia Football Club Hall of Fame earlier this month.
"I think about what it would have been like playing in the NFL the whole time, but you never know," Moore said. "British Columbia was a good place to raise a family."
Moore, former BC coach Vic Rapp and Tyrone Crews were inducted into British Columbia's Wall of Fame during a halftime ceremony of the BC Lions contest against the Montreal Alouettes on July 16.
"That really surprised me," said Moore, who now resides in Pembroke Pines, Fl., where he works as a fire prevention supervisor.
"I was very honored to be a part of that."
Moore and his wife, Susan Denise Lee Moore, have three children, Contricka (33), Mack Moore III (29), and Brittanie (26).
Moore, 51, spent two stints in a Lions uniform and set the standard for bringing pressure to the opposing quarterback from the an interior lineman spot.
He joined the club in 1981 as a rookie free agent signing from Texas A&M after having been drafted by the Miami Dolphins in the sixth round.
"At that time it was about the money," Moore said of his reason for playing in Canada. "Back then it was me and David Overstreet, who was a first-round pick. This was before free agency."
Overstreet was drafted by the Miami Dolphins in the first round, the 13th pick overall. A contract dispute with the Dolphins led him to sign with the Montreal Alouettes, who, under the ownership of Nelson Skalbania, tried to buy a big money winning team.
Moore said he had to adapt to a passing league after playing in the Southwest Conference.
"At Texas A&M, I did nothing but stop the run," said Moore. "When I got up here I had to learn how to rush the passer."
As a rookie, Moore started every game at defensive tackle, was named the team's Outstanding Rookie and began a stretch where he increased his sack total each season.
Moore was all-CFL in both 1983 and '84. He finished with a CFL total of 56 sacks in 92 games.
His career high as a Leo came in 1983 when he led the club and was fifth in the CFL with 15 sacks, remarkable for an interior lineman.
After four seasons, Moore British Columbia left for the NFL.
"My contract was up and the Dolphins had drafted me, so I decided to give it a try," Moore said. "I had some good years, but had hurt my Achilles heel. But I really enjoyed it."
After two years with Miami, Moore spent one year with the San Diego Chargers.
Moore returned to the CFL and the Lions in 1988. His final two seasons with the club were just as productive with 17 more sacks. He was named to two Western Division teams (1983 and 1984) and only three players have recorded more sacks for the club all-time.
Rapp joined the team in 1977 from Edmonton where he had been offensive coordinator since 1972 and began an immediate rebuilding effort which culminated in his receiving the CFL Coach of the Year Award. In his very first season at the helm, he led the Lions to their best finish in 13 years with a 10-6 record and spot in the playoffs after a two-year absence from post season play. He became the first Lions coach to record three straight seasons at .500 or better (and six in succession from 1977 to 1982).
"Coach Rapp was only there one year while I was there," Moore said. "He went to coach for the Chicago Bears and tried to get me to play there, but Miami had the rights to me."
Moore graduated from Ferriday High in 1977.
"We had a lot of fun," Moore said. "We only had 13 guys on our team. You would start getting tired and look over to the sideline and all you would see was the kicker. We had to stay on the field the whole night."
Moore played football at Alcorn before joining San Francisco City College
"I had a friend named John Valegeogra out there how told me I could play out there," Moore said. "It was eithere that or go to work for Ashland Oil. So I decided to give it a try."
Moore committed to UCLA, but also visited Pittsburgh where Hugh Green of Natchez was playing. Florida, Florida State and Miami were also very interested.
"Texas A&M had married student housing, so that was a big selling point," Moore said. "They also had a very young defensive line. I believe it all worked out fo the best."
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