NFL: Saints Great Derland Moore Dead at 68

by Josh Lanier
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New Orleans great Derland Moore died Thursday following a long illness, Pro Football Talk reported. The former defensive tackle played 13 seasons with the Saints. He was 68 years old.

The Saints posted a lengthy obituary on the team’s website. Moore was a stand out in New Orleans. The Saints selected Moore for its 40th anniversary team. The team named him one its 50 greatest players in 2016.

“It was damn nice to be selected on the 50th team in New Orleans as the best of the best,” Moore said, according to the Saints. “That was a damn nice feeling. There are some good guys involved in that. John Hill was part of that. John and I actually lived together for three years, so we were close friends. To be a part of it with him and Archie Manning, Stan Brock, Tommy Myers, Rickey Jackson and the rest of those guys was special.”

Moore is survived by his wife Frannie, children Michelle, Brad and Chip and six grandchildren.

Moore had a history of excellence

According to his obituary, Moore was born in Oct. 7, 1951 in Malden, Mo. He attended Poplar Bluff High School and played varsity football from 1966-1968. He also competed in track, where he threw the shot and discus. The University of Oklahoma offered Moore a track scholarship. But he had sights on the gridiron.

Prior to signing with the Oklahoma, he considered several other schools including the University of Missouri.

“At the University of Missouri, I asked them if I could walk on. They told me it would be a waste of my time and theirs too. So, we played the University of Missouri every year and I made sure that they paid a price. They got the 120 percent game. I got a game ball every year we played against Missouri,” he said.

“Dan Devine was the head coach at the University of Missouri. It was my sophomore year and I nailed one of the running backs. He went flying underneath their bench. It was on their side of the field and the game was played in Oklahoma. So, I got up and there’s Dan Devine right there and I said, ‘Hey Coach Devine, Derland Moore. Remember? I wasn’t good enough to play for you.’ Then I was jogging on the field and I heard his voice, ‘Would you allow me to reconsider?'”

According to his obituary, Moore was the Saints’ second-round draft pick in 1973. He played in 170 games during his career in New Orleans from 1973-1985. Moore learned Pro Bowl honors in 1983. He was later inducted into the Saints Hall of Fame and the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame.

He finished his career in 1986 with the New York Jets.

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