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Tiger Feature: TSU Football Standout to be Inducted into Sports Hall of Fame


Courtesy: Tennessee State Sports Information  
Release: 04/07/2009
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Leon Moore was drafted into the NFL by the Los Angeles Rams where he...
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Leon Moore To Be Inducted Into Sports Hall of Fame

Leon C. Moore will be inducted into the Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools Sports Hall of Fame on April 14, 2009 at LP Field.

Moore, a graduate of Nashville’s Cameron High School, played football, basketball and ran track in high school.

He was a four-time football letter winner at TSU (1963-64-65-66) playing defensive end for legends “Big John” Merritt and Joe Gilliam, Sr. While playing for the Tigers, TSU had a record of 33-6-1, including a perfect 10-0 season in 1966. The Tigers earned two Black College National Championships and played in two Grantland Rice Bowl games (1965 & 1966). Moore also played baseball at TSU for coach Ray Whitmon.

After TSU, Moore was drafted into the NFL by the Los Angeles Rams where he played on the taxi squad 1967 through 1969.

From 1971-77, Moore served as assistant football coach and head baseball coach at Fisk University. In 1978, he worked as the defensive coordinator at Central State (OH) and in 1981 assumed a similar position at Texas Southern while serving as the head baseball coach. In 1984, Moore moved to Fayetteville State (NC) as football’s defensive coordinator, assistant women’s basketball coach and head softball coach.

Leon returned to his alma mater, Tennessee State in 1986 as the school’s first softball coach and served as the head equipment manager, where he remained until his retirement in 2007. Moore is married to the former Cynthia Smith and they have two children; Brittany and Derrick.


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