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Sun, 11.18.1956

Warren Moon, Football Player born

Warren Moon

*Warren Moon was born on this date in 1956. He is a Black retired American football quarterback.  

Born in Los Angeles, California, Harold Warren Moon was the middle child amongst six sisters. His father, Harold, was a laborer and died of liver disease when Moon was seven years old. His mother, Pat, was a nurse, and Warren learned to cook, sew, iron and housekeep to help take care of the family.

He decided early on that he could play only one sport in high school because he had to work the rest of the year to help the family. He chose to play football as a quarterback since he found that he could throw a football longer, harder, and straighter than anyone he knew.  He enrolled at Alexander Hamilton High School, using the address of one of his mother's friends to gain the advantages of a better academic and athletic reputation than his neighborhood high school could offer. He had little playing time until his junior year, when he took over as varsity starting quarterback. In his senior season in 1973, they reached the city playoffs, and Moon was named to the all-city team.  

Moon attended two-year West Los Angeles College, and was a record-setting quarterback as a freshman in 1974, but only a handful of four-year colleges showed interest in signing him.  The offensive coordinator of the University of Washington in Seattle, however, was eager to sign the rifle-armed Moon. Adamant that he plays quarterback, Moon considered himself to be perhaps a slightly above-average athlete who lacked either the size, speed, or strength to play other positions.  Washington was 11–11 in Moon's first two seasons as a starter, but as a senior in 1977, he led the Huskies to the Pac-8 title and a 27–20 upset win in the Rose Bowl over Michigan.  Moon was named the game's Most Valuable Player on the strength of two short touchdown runs and a third-quarter 28-yard touchdown pass. 

Moon began his professional career with the Eskimos in 1978 after going un-selected in that year's NFL Draft. His success during his six CFL seasons, five of which ended in Grey Cup victories, led to him being signed by the Oilers in 1984. Over his 17 NFL seasons, Moon was named to nine Pro Bowls, received first-team All-Pro honors in 1990, and made seven playoff appearances. Following ten seasons with the Oilers, he had brief stints with the Vikings, Seahawks, and Chiefs before retiring in 2000.  At the time of his retirement, his five consecutive Grey Cups from 1978 to 1982 remains a CFL record and he was twice named Grey Cup MVP. Moon was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2006, becoming the first Black quarterback and the first undrafted quarterback to receive the honor. He is also the only player to be inducted into both the Pro Football Hall of Fame and the Canadian Football Hall of Fame.  

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