Herman Moore
No. 84, 82
Position:Wide receiver
Personal information
Born: (1969-10-20) October 20, 1969 (age 53)
Danville, Virginia, U.S.
Height:6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)
Weight:210 lb (95 kg)
Career information
High school:Danville (VA) Washington
NFL Draft:1991 / Round: 1 / Pick: 10
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Receiving yards:9,174
Player stats at NFL.com · PFR

Herman Joseph Moore (born October 20, 1969) is an American former professional football player who was a wide receiver in National Football League (NFL) for 12 seasons. He played college football for the Virginia Cavaliers. He was drafted by the Detroit Lions in the first round of the 1991 NFL Draft, and also played for the NFL's New York Giants.

Early years

Moore graduated from George Washington High School in Danville, Virginia in 1987. Moore was a three-sport athlete, excelling in basketball, football, and track and field.[1]

College career

Moore attended and graduated from the University of Virginia, where he was a two-sport athlete. He ranks third all-time in career receptions, behind Olamide Zaccheaus and Billy McMullen, and held the school record in the high jump for 30 years until it was broken in 2020. Moore's college jersey number was 87.

He ranks second in Cavaliers history in career receiving yards with 2,504 and ranks first in receiving yards in a season with 1,190 yards (on 54 catches) set in 1990. The year before he had 848 yards on just 36 catches. He also scored 10 touchdowns in 1989 and followed that up with 13 in 1990.

Professional career

Moore was the Detroit Lions' first-round draft pick in 1991 and went on to shatter virtually all of Detroit's receiving records.

Moore started his career in 1991 with limited time, as he caught just eleven passes for 135 yards; he had apparently neglected to tell the Lions that he had worn contact lenses while in college to see, for which he had decided to not wear in the pros. At any rate, an eye check helped reveal the problem, which was soon fixed.[2] He eventually became a key part of the team's run to the playoffs, as the Lions won the NFC Central title for the first time since 1983. In the Divisional Round game against the Dallas Cowboys, Moore caught six passes for 87 yards with a touchdown (thrown by Erik Kramer) as the Lions prevailed 38-6 to win their first playoff game since 1957.[3] Since that day on January 5, 1992, the Lions have never won a playoff game. In the NFC Championship Game against Washington, he caught four passes for 69 yards in the 41-10 loss.[4]

He started the first week of the subsequent season and caught eight passes for 82 yards before being put on injured reserve for the next four weeks. In his return against the Minnesota Vikings, he caught his first regular season touchdown pass, doing so in the fourth quarter from Erik Kramer in a 31-14 loss.[5][6] He caught 51 passes for 966 yards with four touchdowns in twelve games. The next year, he caught 61 passes in 15 games with 935 yards and six touchdowns as the Lions won the NFC Central once again. In the Wild Card game, he caught one pass for 20 yards in the loss.

He fully stepped into well-done play in 1994, as he was named to his first Pro Bowl. Playing in all sixteen games, he caught 72 passes for 1,173 yards for eleven touchdowns. He elevated his play even further the next year, which included being named the team MVP on offense. He set a new league record for receptions in a season with 123 while setting a club record in receiving yards with 1,686, scoring 14 touchdowns. In the October 29 game, he caught three touchdown passes in a game against the Green Bay Packers. It was the last time for a decade that a receiver from the Lions would do so (Roy Williams was the next receiver to do so). That same year, Moore had one of his most memorable games on November 23 (Thanksgiving Day) against the Minnesota Vikings. Moore (127 yards) and fellow receivers Brett Perriman (153) and Johnnie Morton (102) all eclipsed the 100-yard receiving mark, running back Barry Sanders rushed for 138 yards, and quarterback Scott Mitchell passed for 410 yards in a 44-38 Lions' victory. His finest single-game performance came on December 4, 1995 against the Chicago Bears when he had a club record 14 catches for 183 yards, the fifth best total in Detroit history. He was named to the Pro Bowl for the second straight year while the Lions made it to the playoffs for the fourth time in five seasons. Moore and teammate Brett Perriman (108 catches) became the first teammates in NFL history with more than 100 receptions in the same season. Moore continued his run in 1996 with 106 catches for 1,296 yards with nine touchdowns. He then became the second receiver (after Jerry Rice) to have three 100-reception seasons, as he led the league with 104 receptions for 1,293 yards and eight touchdowns. He was named to the Pro Bowl for the fourth straight time with a third consecutive All-Pro selection while the Lions made the playoffs after a two-year hiatus. However, the Lions would lose a chaotic playoff game to the Philadelphia Eagles, with Moore catching seven passes for 133 yards for a touchdown (his second and last career touchdown in the postseason) in the 58-37 loss.

The next three years were not as positive for Moore. He regressed to 82 catches for 983 yards with five touchdowns in 1998, the last season with Barry Sanders on the roster. 1999 was the sixth playoff season for the Lions in the decade, but it did not result in good fortune. Moore played just eight games while catching sixteen passes for 197 yards with two touchdowns. In the Wild Card game that year, he caught three passes for 69 yards. After playing three games for the Lions in 2001 with just four catches (to total 145 games played with Detroit), he moved to the New York Giants for the following year. He was inactive for two of the three games on the Giants roster before being let go.[7]

In 12 NFL seasons, Moore had 670 receptions for 9,174 yards and 62 touchdowns. Moore holds NFL records for both receptions (61) and receiving yards (965) on Thursday games (helped by playing for the Lions, a perpetual team on Thanksgiving Day; his efforts in the 1998 game resulted in the inaugural All-Iron Award being awarded to him). He held Detroit's records for career receptions (670) until it was surpassed by Calvin Johnson in the fifth week of the 2015 NFL season. On November 10, 2013, his touchdown catch record of 62 was surpassed by Johnson at Chicago. On December 8, 2013 Johnson also broke his career receiving yards record of 9,174. In 2010, Moore was inducted into the Virginia Sports Hall of Fame and the Michigan Sports Hall of Fame that same year.

NFL career statistics

Year Team GP Receiving Fumbles
Rec Yds Avg Lng TD FD Fum Lost
1991 DET 13 11 135 12.3 21 0 7 0 0
1992 DET 12 51 966 18.9 77 4 37 0 0
1993 DET 15 61 935 15.3 93 6 43 2 1
1994 DET 16 72 1,173 16.3 51 11 56 1 1
1995 DET 16 123 1,686 13.7 69 14 90 2 2
1996 DET 16 106 1,296 12.2 50 9 71 0 0
1997 DET 16 104 1,293 12.4 79 8 66 0 0
1998 DET 15 82 983 12.0 36 5 50 0 0
1999 DET 8 16 197 12.3 26 2 11 0 0
2000 DET 15 40 434 10.9 30 3 24 0 0
2001 DET 3 4 76 19.0 25 0 3 0 0
2002 NYG 1 0 0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0
Career[8] 146 670 9,174 13.7 93 62 458 5 4


  1. ^ Maske, Mark (September 28, 1989). "HERMAN MOORE DEVELOPS ART OF PASS RECEIVING". Washington Post. ISSN 0190-8286. Retrieved January 5, 2020.
  2. ^ Sanders, Charlie; Paladino, Larry (2005). Charlie Sanders's Tales from the Detroit Lions. ISBN 9781582619101.
  3. ^ "Divisional Round - Dallas Cowboys at Detroit Lions - January 5th, 1992".
  4. ^ "NFC Championship - Detroit Lions at Washington Redskins - January 12th, 1992".
  5. ^ "Herman Moore 1992 Game Log".
  6. ^ "Detroit Lions at Minnesota Vikings - October 15th, 1992".
  7. ^ "Herman Moore 2002 Game Log".
  8. ^ "Herman Moore Stats, News and Video - WR".