Record is shining light on Moore

first_img Moore, angular, athletic and tall at nearly 6-foot-2, was also among the league’s fastest players, something he took pride in by taping over his high-tops so they looked like sleeker low-cuts. When Moore retired after the 1967 season, only Jim Brown had scored more than his 111 career touchdowns, a total that still ranks ninth all-time. Moore, now 71, has relished the attention he’s received with Tomlinson’s run at his record. In a phone interview, he’s engaging, praises Tomlinson and seems eager to talk about anything except himself. “You don’t get stuck on yourself because they forget about you quick,” Moore said. “The further back you go, the less you remember. It seems to be the whole societal norm.” “Wow, I’m just as excited as some of the other people at some of the things these players do.” Billy Witz can be reached at (818) 713-3607. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! That’s been changing the last week, though. Moore’s name is back in the news, dragged there by Chargers running back LaDainian Tomlinson, who has equaled Moore’s NFL record of scoring a touchdown in 18 consecutive games. If you haven’t heard of Moore, it’s probably because the closest anyone had come to his record, set from 1963-64, was O.J. Simpson, who had 14 in a row in 1975. Moore would have fit in quite well in today’s game. To anyone who watched football on television last weekend, there was little doubt who the two most dynamic players were: USC’s Reggie Bush on Saturday and Tomlinson on Sunday. No matter where they line up, no matter how they’re given the ball, they seem to find a way to put it in the end zone — often spectacularly. That was Moore’s game, too. Once every week or two, Lenny Moore cuts away from his job as a juvenile services counselor to watch the Baltimore Ravens practice and chat with the players. Once in a while, one of the Ravens will surprise him. “Some of the younger guys actually knew who I was,” Moore said. “I was happily shocked. They’ve got all this stuff on TV, the playbacks and these guys identify. A couple of them have said, ‘Man, I saw you Mr. Moore, you were something. I didn’t know you could run like that.’ “ AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week Mention Lenny Moore’s name around Baltimore, and anyone worth a crab cake will tell you all about the Hall of Fame running back and receiver — or any other Baltimore Colt from the 50s, 60s and 70s, be it icons like Johnny Unitas and Raymond Berry to foot soldiers like Rich Volk and Norm Bulach. Move outside the beltway and to the under-30 demographic, and a good many people wouldn’t know Lenny Moore from Lenny Bruce. last_img read more