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Lance Moore Retires

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An all-time favorite of the Who Dat Nation hangs his cleats up for the last time.

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After ten seasons in the NFL, Lance Moore has announced his retirement. Moore recently signed with the NFC South rival, Atlanta Falcons, only three days ago. Over the past two years, Moore has played for the Pittsburgh Steelers and Detroit Lions while compiling 43 receptions for 535 yards and 6 touchdowns.

#16 is more well known and appreciated by Saints fans for his underdog ascent from the practice squad to active roster early in his career. After completing a stellar collegiate career at Toledo where he became the first player from the school to record multiple 1,000 yard seasons, Moore was first signed as an undrafted free agent by the Cleveland Browns in 2005.

His signing would prove bitter sweet as the Browns later released him the same season. Luckily, the Saints signed Moore to their practice squad, but his underdog story was only beginning. The Saints sent Moore to NFL Europe where he logged snaps with the Berlin Thunder. During the 2006 season, Moore was active for 6 games before being waived and then re-signed to the practice squad the very next day.

It was not until almost the middle of the 2007 season when Moore finally got his chance to showcase his abilities. The following 2008 would prove to be his coming out party as he shined in Marques Colston’s absence who was sidelined with a broken finger. Moore busted out of the gates tallying 79 receptions for 928 yards and a whopping 10 touchdowns.

Over the next several seasons, Moore continued to impress with his quickness and exceptional catching radius. He became a security blanket for Drew Brees in the slot and made one of the most important plays in Saints franchise history. In the 4th quarter of the Super Bowl game against Peyton Manning’s Indianapolis Colts, Moore completed an acrobatic two-point conversion that stood after being challenged by the Saints.

Throughout his career with the Saints, Moore displayed fantastic professionalism, leadership, and toughness. He was also known for his epic touchdown dance celebrations. Any time he crossed the endzone, hilarious fun ensued. In eight years with the Saints, he compiled 346 receptions for 4,281 yards and 38 touchdowns. Moore’s numbers certainly stand for themselves, but when it came to this undersized wide receiver, we came to expect large things from such a small package.

Thank you for the memories Lance. You will always be a Who Dat for life.