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During his NFL career, Moore also found “love at first sight,” married and started a family. So when it was time to hang up the cleats and focus his attention on the next stage of life, he knew one of the first things he had to do was finish his degree. “Education, education, education, it’s the only way for you to succeed,” emphasized Moore. “If I’m totally honest, the first goaround (in college), I was focused on playing football, but now I’m back to do the work.” Though Spartanburg and USC Upstate had not been on his radar of places to consider, there were a number of factors he knew he had to keep in mind as he weighed his options. So when the time came to decide, he chose to come “home.” “USC Upstate has the atmosphere you’d expect of a college,” said Moore. “There’s good campus life, sports, and it’s affordable.” Majoring in physical therapy, he’s recognized that college life this time around is different for him now, primarily because he’s in the non-traditional student category which means he views things with a little different perspective than the typical college student. It is, however, a role he embraces because it gives him an opportunity to encourage other students to think for themselves and consider how the choices they make will have lasting impact. WE’RE ALL JUST PEOPLE, BUT WHAT YOU DO WITH WHAT YOU KNOW IS A GAMECHANGER. “Everybody’s their own individual and, generally, there’s a lot to overcome (in life),” said Moore. “Coming to college is an opportunity to better yourself. There nothing better than being educated. Honestly, with opportunities all around you, I don’t know why you wouldn’t want to be educated.” Of course, he also reminds others that while problems will pop up, some you may not like, you have to deal with them. But, he adds, there are always people around to encourage you, motivate you and keep things positive. Throughout his life, staying goal-oriented has been a strong motivator for him, as has giving back. “I believe that in order for your life to mean something, you have to help others recognize that their life means something,” stressed Moore. “We’re all just people, but what you do with what you know is a game-changer.” By being true to who he is and accepting that if you want to make it, you have to work hard, Moore has realized that dreams can come true. 7  Fall 2015 Upstate Magazine


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