Matt Moore is one of those great NFL stories. Signed as an undrafted free agent for the Dallas Cowboys in 2007, Moore wasn’t expected to be a veteran in the NFL. Indeed, it even seemed that it would be his destiny to have a short-lived career as a football player at the highest level.
But Moore isn’t your normal undrafted free agent. Moore is gritty, determined and never gives up. His second chance came with the Carolina Panthers, where he stayed until 2010. In his first season alone, he was named offensive rookie of the month for December. Unfortunately, the next two years would see his progress curtailed by injuries.
Nevertheless, once again, Moore refused to throw in the towel. 2011 saw him sign for the Miami Dolphins, and his impact was unexpectedly significant for a franchise lacking the heart and soul to win football games. Midway through the season, Moore took over from the injured Chad Henne to help steer an unlikely 6-3 record after a 0-7 start. Moore restored some sense of pride to the fanbase, and became the team’s most valuable player.
Unfortunately for the veteran quarterback, Ryan Tannehill was drafted the following year, with a view to becoming the team’s new franchise quarterback. It seemed the veteran’s days were numbered as a starting quarterback, and he gracefully retreated to the role of number two quarterback.
However, even with Moore as a number two, he continues to be a well-respected member in the dressing room. In Tannehill’s first season with the Dolphins, Moore led Miami to a 30-9 victory over the New York Jets after Tannehill was injured on the team’s second possession of the game.
Having a player of Moore’s caliber is a godsend. Solid and dependable, he has the ability to step up to the plate when called upon. This is crucial for any franchise with a young quarterback. Tried and tested, Moore is worthy of the 2 year, $8 million contract that he signed in 2013. Moore isn’t a luxury, but a need. A true fighter, Miami wouldn’t be better off without him.
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Alex Parish is an Associate Editor at The Phinsider. Be sure to follow me on Twitter @AlexParish89.