Indianapolis Colts DB Kenny Moore set for first matchup against the team he started his career with, the New England Patriots.
In 2017, Kenny Moore was viewed as an undersized defensive back out of the small college, Valdosta State. That led every team to skip over him in the 2017 NFL Draft, but he would get a chance with the New England Patriots, signing as an undrafted free agent.
What was a dream quickly became a nightmare for Moore as his time with the Patriots was filled with ups and downs before being waived by the franchise during final roster cuts right before the season.
The next day, Moore was claimed on waivers by the Indianapolis Colts and it proved to be a monumental acquisition for both parties. In Indianapolis, the undersized defensive back from a small school, that almost didn’t make an official roster, has developed into the best slot cornerback in the league.
On Saturday, he gets to display his talents against the team that thought he wasn’t ready for the big stage.
Kenny Moore set for first matchup against the Patriots
Moore has been open about his short time in New England, and how much he didn’t enjoy it. In a conversation with Tyler Dunne, Moore detailed the depressive lows he experienced with the Patriots saying, “I’m probably not built for the league… I lost all of my joy and passion. I didn’t even want to play football.“
The five seasons since proved the exact opposite. Moore and New England weren’t a fit for each other, but his time with the Colts has demonstrated that he definitely belongs in this league. The large smile that Moore often flashes also shows that he’s got his joy for the game back.
Moore is one of the leading playmakers for the Indianapolis defense and this season has been his best to date. In 13 games, Moore has 77 tackles, 11 pass deflections, one forced fumble, four interceptions, and some fun dances.
For as much as Moore has developed on the field, his off-field contribution may be the most admirable. Moore has become a staple in the Indianapolis community and his on-field impact matches what he does off of it. Just recently, Moore was nominated for The Walter Payton Man of the Year Award.
While Sunday may rehash some old feelings for Moore and motivate him to get the best of the franchise that cut him, he’s likely thankful for the move. It led him to Indianapolis where he has become a cornerstone of the franchise while developing as a player and a man.