||Former Redskin Moore hired at Northeast
Booneville, Miss. (WTVA/NEMCC Athletics) — Kareem Moore hopes to pass along his passion and extensive knowledge of the sport of football as he starts a new post at Northeast Mississippi Community College.
A lively and ambitious Moore has been hired as an assistant coach for the four-time Mississippi Association of Community and Junior Colleges (MACJC) North Division champion Tigers beginning with the approaching 2014 season.
“I feel like Kareem has a lot to bring us,” said Northeast headman Ricky Smither. “He’s a younger guy with a lot of enthusiasm. He’s a great man and he cares about the kids. It’s a win-win situation for us and I’m proud to have him.”
Moore plans to use the experience that he acquired playing professionally for the National Football League’s (NFL) Washington Redskins to properly instruct the Tigers’ talented group of defensive backs.
“I’m very excited to be a part of the Northeast family. Coach Smither and the guys have more than welcomed me and had me feeling good like I’m at home,” Moore said. “I’m ready to get out there and work to see if we can put together a great nucleus of players. I just think it’ll be a smooth transition and we’ll be all right.”
Moore starred for three years in Washington and appeared in 42 total regular season games and nine preseason contests. He put together a solid career at free safety under the tutelage of head coaches Jim Zorn and Mike Shanahan.
The Tupelo native saw action in 14 matchups during his rookie campaign of 2008. Moore made his NFL debut in front of a home crowd at FedEx Field versus Arizona on September 21 and one week later tallied a season-best three tackles in a two-point victory at Dallas.
He earned his inaugural start in the final game of the year at San Francisco. Moore made a solo tackle and one assisted takedown in a close loss to the 49ers inside Candlestick Park.
Moore remained in a predominantly backup role in 2009 but showed his potential as the season progressed. He grabbed his first interception in the NFL and also made one pass deflection against New Orleans on December 6.
The 5-11, 217-pounder compiled a break out performance versus Dallas during a nationally televised Sunday Night Football game on NBC. Moore recorded a personal best nine tackles, seven of them unassisted, against the Cowboys on December 27 and from that point moved into the starting lineup for the duration of his career.
He developed into one of the Redskins’ top tacklers in 2010 with 40 solo stops and 64 combined tackles. Moore also batted down five pass attempts and hauled in one interception during a week three contest at St. Louis.
Moore notched a season-high eight tackles on the turf of Detroit’s Ford Field on October 31. He had five or more takedowns in 10 of his 12 outings that campaign, including six against Philadelphia on ESPN’s Monday Night Football.
He totaled 115 tackles, 77 solo and 38 assisted, eight pass deflections, two interceptions and two forced fumbles during his time representing the burgundy and gold in Washington.
The Redskins selected Moore with the 180th pick in the sixth round of the 2008 NFL Draft out of Nicholls State (La.) University, where he etched his name into its history book as a two-year starter.
Moore tied the school record for most touchdowns scored on interception returns in one game with two against Northwestern State (La.) University in October 2007 and also set the mark for the highest average yards gained per interception in one season at 37.2.
He earned All-American honors from the Associated Press (AP) as a senior and was named the Southland Conference Defensive Player of the Year after registering 46 solo tackles and 27 assisted stops for a total of 73.
Moore, who was also a second-team All-State selection by the Louisiana Sports Writers Association (LSWA), played a pivotal role for the Colonels on special teams as well and averaged 9.1 yards each punt return.
As a junior, Moore received the Southland’s Newcomer of the Year award and was also second-team all-conference. He participated in the Texas vs. The Nation All-Star Game at the Sun Bowl and was a team captain for Nicholls State during his final collegiate campaign.
Moore’s community service file is considerable throughout the nation. He has served as a coach for the Boys and Girls Club and the Collierville, Tenn., Soccer Association.
He is the founder of the Moore 4 Kids Foundation, which is a non-profit organization that improves the athletic, mental and psychological aspects of young men in under deserved communities.
Through the association, Moore has partnered with the people of Ashburn, Va., Memphis, Tenn., Okolona and Washington to devise successful grant funded football camps and clinics. He encourages continuous volunteer participation as well to support youth development.
Giving back to the community is of the upmost important to Moore, who also aims to be a positive role model to Northeast’s players.
“I think it’s very important because I had a lot of mentors growing up whether it be my mom, my dad or a mentorship program at my high school,” said Moore. “People came and helped me along the way and I feel like I just need to pay that back to everybody else.”
Moore holds an Associate’s degree from Itawamba Community College and a Bachelor’s degree in family and consumer science from Nicholls State.
He and his wife Amelia have three children, Kamren, Kayson and Kaitlyn, and are members of Main Street Church of Christ in Okolona.