Herbert Moore is no stranger to applying heat on opposing quarterbacks. He did that in high school and brought his big time game to Ole Miss in 2013 as a consensus three-star recruit and the 56th rated defensive tackle in the country. He completed his collegiate career in 2017 and is now making a name for himself as a defensive lineman with the New York Streets.
Making the transition front the big field to the fifty yard indoor war is not easy, but Moore seems to have picked things up in a New York minute.
“I’ve surprised myself with how fast I’ve been able to adapt to indoor football,” said Moore. “I’m a rookie. I never thought I would be here but I’m glad I’m here. It’s really fun once you get used to it. I’ve come into my own and I feel like I’m getting better each and every week.”
Moore has been a big reason why the Streets are off to a 2-0 start as an expansion team. He’s still learning the indoor game, but Moore has made an immediate impact with an interception in the season opener in Jacksonville and a sack in the home opener against Orlando. He has been as advertised and he’s already creating headaches for opposing coaches.
Along with his former Ole Miss teammate Isaac Gross and former Alabama defensive lineman Brandon Ivory, Moore is one of three former SEC players brought to the Streets by Head Coach Rick Marsilio.
“I’m really excited for Herbert,” said Marsilio. “He is bringing a speed and strength to our defensive line that is causing problems for our opponents. When you finally figure out how to disrupt his presence, then Brandon or Isaac capitalize.”
In college football, as well as in professional football on the big field, a defensive lineman can be neutralized by an offensive line with double-teaming. But in Arena Football, it’s mano a mano with the opposing offensive lineman and that creates an opportunity to get to the quarterback faster.
“For a defensive lineman, this is golden because you’re working one on one most of the time, said the 6-1 325 pound Moore.
The last twelve months have been a whirlwind for Moore. He married his wife Tamara, a registered nurse back home in Memphis, Tennessee on April 27th of last year. Moore signed with the Streets this past off-season as he and his wife became parents with the birth of their first child Bryson this past January 8th.
Moore thinks his son could be a future defensive lineman as well.
“Most definitely,” said Moore. “He is getting bigger by the day.”
Now a husband and a father, Moore has not only been a great football player, but he has also brought a tremendous amount of a character to the Streets. His personality and professionalism has certainly rubbed off on his teammates.
“Moore is a special kid,” said Marsilio. “He dedicates himself to faith, family and football. Also, more importantly, he has been a conduit to other high character and elite athletes.”
Following the bye week, the Streets bring a 2-0 record into Saturday night’s road game against the defending National Arena League Champion Carolina Cobras. Last season, Carolina was an expansion team and won it all. It’s still early in the season, but Moore and the Streets certainly look like a team that is capable of some big things.
The Streets’ early season success has been big news in the Arena Football world and it’s even opened up Moore’s eyes just how well the team has been doing.
“I’m surprised with getting different guys from everywhere,” said Moore. “This is a new team but we’ve become brothers from day one. Everybody just wants to hang with each other so we have a brotherhood going on now. I’m pretty excited for what we’re going to do this season.”
The New York Streets may be an expansion team, but their roster is filled with terrific players that many other Arena Football clubs would love to get their hands on. Herbert Moore is just one piece of the puzzle but he’s a big one that brings major college football experience as well as character to the equation.
He’s been through a weeding and the birth of his child in the past year and now Moore has visions of another milestone in his life…leading the Streets to the NAL title.