Gainesville native and East Central alum David Moore continues to soar in his second year in the league for the Seattle Seahawks.
"It's been a good season so far," Moore said. "I just wanted to contribute the best way I could and get a chance and I have. I love it. I enjoy every bit of it."
After being on the practice squad most of his rookie year, this season, Moore is third on the team in receiving yards with 445 and tied second with 5 receiving touchdowns.
Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll says he wants to see more.
"David Moore has been special for us," Carroll said. "He's a very, very good athlete. You can see the playmaking ability, and we're already trying to figure out ways to move him around show he can show off what he's got."
Since picked in 7th round by Seattle in 2017, Moore says he has learned more about himself, the team and what two can accomplish together.
"Just being here, they know how to bring the fight out of you," Moore said. "It's all about finishing here."
And to learn how to finish, you have to start somewhere. And for Moore it started in Gainesville, where during his senior season he notched 40 catches for 700 yards and 12 total touchdowns; then continued in college where he set the ECU school record in receiving yards and touchdowns.
"Just playing football in Texas can help you get ready for a big stage," he said. "Going to East Central, I played with some good dudes. Some great athletes. They brought the best out of you, too. You had come with your A-Game to get better every day and practice every day. They brought the fight out of you. I always wantedto play and have fun with it. That's just how we grew up playing."
This Saturday, the Seahawks travel to AT&T Stadium to face the Cowboys in the Wild Card round of the NFL Playoffs. It'll be the first time Moore will be active to play in his native state and so close to home.
"I got some family, some friends, they'll all be there," Moore said. "And then just people from the city, they said they were coming, so it'll be a Gainesville reunion."