Joe Moore
No. 49, 45
Position:Running back
Personal information
Born: (1949-06-29) June 29, 1949 (age 74)
St. Louis, Missouri, U.S.
Height:6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Weight:205 lb (93 kg)
Career information
High school:Beaumont (MO)
NFL draft:1971 / Round: 1 / Pick: 11
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Rushing attempts:87
Rushing yards:281
Receiving yards:39
Player stats at PFR

Joseph Lee Moore, Jr.[1] (born June 29, 1949) is an American former professional football player who was a running back in the National Football League (NFL). He was selected in the first round (11th overall) of the 1971 NFL draft by the Chicago Bears after playing college football for Missouri Tigers.

College career

At Missouri, he became the school's all-time leading rusher,[2] and in 1969, he broke the school's record for the most rushing yards in a season with 1,312 yards. In his senior year in 1970, Moore was among the nation's top running backs in five games, rushing for 610 yards until he suffered a shoulder injury. Moore ended his college career with eleven 100-yards rushing games in his career, which remains the highest by any Missouri player, and in 1995, he was inducted into the University of Missouri Hall of Fame.[2]

Professional career

However, in the National Football League, Moore failed to stay healthy,[3] along with having to follow Bears legend Gale Sayers' footsteps, and managed only 281 yards on 87 carries with no touchdowns in 23 games during two seasons with the Bears,[4] while averaging just 3.2 yards per carry.[5] Moore also had five receptions for 39 yards, along with a punt return for no yards.[6] Moore played in nine games in his rookie season of 1971, running for 90 yards and recording 22 receiving yards, as Chicago finished 6–8.[7] Two years later, in his final season, Moore appeared in all 14 games, recording 191 rushing yards and 17 receiving yards, and the Bears finished with a record of 3–11.[8]

He is considered to be one of the worst draft picks in NFL history.[9]

Post-football career

Moore later became a track coach, and coached the Berkeley High School girls track team to a Missouri state championship in 1993.[2]

Personal life

Moore was married to Fran Moore; they had three children, David, Jasmine, and Joseph.


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  2. ^ a b c "Player Bio: Joe Moore". Missouri Tigers. Retrieved 2013-05-01.
  3. ^ Doxsie, Don (2013-04-26). "Eye openers: Bears have been feast or famine in first round". Quad-City Times. Retrieved 2013-05-03.
  4. ^ Mayer, Larry (2013-04-24). "Taking a look at best, worst Bears draft picks". Chicago Bears. Retrieved 2013-05-01.
  5. ^ Slupski, Brian (2012-04-26). "NFL Draft: Who is the Worst Bears Draft Pick Ever?". Patch Media. Archived from the original on 2013-06-16. Retrieved 2013-05-03.
  6. ^ Noble, Dane (2011-04-06). "Worst Bears Draft Picks of All-Time: Joe Moore". SB Nation. Retrieved 2013-05-03.
  7. ^ "1971 Chicago Bears season". Fantasy Football Challenge. Retrieved 2013-05-03.
  8. ^ "1973 Chicago Bears". Fantasy Football Challenge. Retrieved 2013-05-03.
  9. ^ "Chicago Bears: Best and worst draft picks". Retrieved 2023-08-15.