"I was ready to say yes. Like they said in 'Jerry Maguire,' they had me at hello," the former Hempstead High School star and Jets wide receiver said Tuesday after being named receivers coach at Syracuse.
Moore, 41, had a cameo in that popular sports agent movie. The 1986 graduate of Hempstead and '90 graduate of Syracuse said coach Doug Marrone flew to Phoenix on Saturday to interview him and "showed him the money" with a job offer Saturday night.
"I can't even put into words how excited I am about it," said Moore, an All-American for the Orange in 1989 and a first-round supplemental draft pick of the Jets in 1990. "I wasn't a highly sought-after prospect and Syracuse and coach Mac gave me the chance to grow as a student, as an athlete and as a man."
Moore had been the receivers coach at Phoenix Junior College and also worked on the Cardinals' pre- and postgame radio shows. When he played for coach Buddy Krumenacker at Hempstead, he hardly seemed like a candidate for two-time Pro Bowl status (1994 Jets, 1997 Cardinals) or a 12-year NFL career.
"We were a wishbone team," Moore said. "I remember coach Krumenacker's favorite phrase was 'step and rip.' You had to block if you played for him. When I got to Syracuse, I think they were surprised. I was more athletic than they thought."
Moore played tight end and safety in high school.
"It was all about blocking down and running the wishbone. That's how it was going to be," Krumenacker said, recalling that Moore had nine catches in his senior year. "Rob's a wonderful person. He's got a great presence. If he sits down in your living room and talks about coming to Syracuse, it'll be a good presentation."