Colts Hall of Famer to speak at Saturday prayer breakfast
By Tony E. Windsor
On Saturday, Feb. 3, Seaford will play host to a true sports legend as the Western Sussex Boys and Girls Club holds its third annual prayer breakfast. This year's event will feature Baltimore Colts Hall of Famer Lenny Moore. Moore works in the education division of the Maryland Department of Juvenile Justice. His career in pro football is nothing less than outstanding.
It was October 1961 and the Baltimore Colts were playing the Minnesota Vikings. Steve Myhra nailed two field goals in the final 2 minutes, including a 52-yarder on the final play of the game. But the real hero of the game was #24, Lenny Moore, who had three touchdown receptions and scored a fourth touchdown on a 4-yard run. Final score was Colts 34, Minnesota 33.
This was vintage 1960s Colts football action and it was just a normal day in the career of Colts running back Moore. Working with the Colts, Moore amassed 12,451 net yards, running 363 receptions for 6,039 yards. He scored 113 touch-
downs and earned a spot in the record books for scoring touchdowns in 18 straight games. Moore was all-NFL for five years and played in seven Pro Bowls. The Colts retired his
uniform number and in 1975, he was enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio.
After graduating from Penn State, Moore was drafted as a 1956 first-round pick by the Colts. He was named rookie of the year in his first year. He played with the Colts from 1956 to 1967.
Moore says all of the trophies and certificates that pay homage to his career hold little "real value" to him personally. He says that his career as a football player will always be a special part of his life, but his heart is more into the work he is doing in his Christian outreach.
Moore is a member of the Arizona-based Pro-Athletes Christian Outreach and travels extensively to share his testimony with people around the country. He says his work with young people is most rewarding.
"Even when I am working in the education department with youth, I try hard to minister to them about what God can do in their lives," he said. "It is so important that we share this with people as a source of encouragement."
Moore's encouraging words recently helped propel one group of athletes to major accomplishments. He was chosen by the coach of the Baltimore Ravens to give a motivational talk to the team during the recent playoffs.
Moore believes that spreading his Christian message takes precedence over sports. "When we are sharing a message of faith, it is important to not talk about what we have done, but what God does through us," he said. "It is easy to get caught up in the trappings of fame and lose sight of where the real power comes from, and that is Christ."
This will not be Moore's first visit to Seaford. In 1984 he was the keynote speaker for a father and son banquet at the Seaford Fire Hall.
Joining Moore as speaker will be disc jockey Jimmy Hoppa of CAT Country radio. Along with hosting a weekday morning radio show, Hoppa also hosts the Sunday "Taking the Cross to the Country" radio program. Hoppa is supportive of Boys and Girls Clubs of Delaware.
The prayer breakfast is part of the Boys and Girls Clubs of Delaware's annual Festival for Youth. A winter carnival and tribute to Olympic Gold Medalist Mike Neill, Seaford, was held last weekend to kick off the festival (see story, page 8).
On Feb. 24, the real-life coaches from the movie "Remember the Titans," starring Denzel Washington, will be featured at the festival's Steak, Pizza and Dessert Dinner. Herm Boone and Bill Yoast, whose 1971 coaching season at T.C. Williams High School is the subject of the Walt Disney movie, will be joined by Luke Petitgout of the New York Giants and Olympian Nadine Faustin.
During the evening, six Delaware high school football coaches will be honored. Among them is Ron Dickerson of Seaford High School.
For details, call 628-3789 or 629-8801. Tickets for the breakfast are $10 for adults and $7 for children 12 and under. Tickets for the dinner are $15 for adults and $7 for children 12 and under.
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