A native of Huntsville who was ranked as one of the state’s leading prospects coming out of Lee High School, Ricky Moore wasted no time in making an impact in Tuscaloosa. In 1981, he became the first freshman of the modern era to lead the Crimson Tide in rushing (347 yards on 79 carries). In fact, he wound up as the Tide’s top ground gainer for three years in a row. Straddling the end of the Bryant era and the beginning of the Perkins era, Moore averaged nearly five yards per carry and rarely fumbled. His best season came in 1983, when he rushed for 947 yards on 166 carries and scored eight touchdowns, earning Second Team All-America and First Team All-SEC honors.
CR: What’s your earliest memory of Alabama football?
Moore: Somewhere around 1972…I’m around 10-11, hearing some buddies talk about Alabama-Auburn and “Punt, Bama, Punt“ when Auburn upset Alabama.
CR: You were a good baseball player and could have gone in that direction. Was there a moment that pulled you toward football?
Moore: I played little league baseball, basketball and football…My Babe Ruth team got into the World Series and ended up being second in the United States. Was playing centerfield and leading off. I had a lot of scouts talking to me. Then in heading into my sophomore year [at Lee High School], I decided I was going to concentrate on baseball. I decided I wasn’t going to play football anymore. But I went to a high school football game, the first game of my sophomore year [in 1979] and I just felt out of place sitting in the stands. Felt like I needed to be down on the field with my buddies, my friends…So after that, I went and talked with Coach [John] Childress and told him I wanted to get back on the football team.
CR: How did he take your reversal?
Moore: It was a heart-to-heart, just telling him I’d made a mistake…a 15-year-old decision. But I just told him I didn’t feel right not playing. I wanted to be on the team and be a part of it.
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