T. J. Moe Signs With Hometown Rams
ST. LOUIS - On Monday former Mizzou football star T.J. Moe clicked his hypothetical ruby red cleats together and decided, "There's no place like home."
Moe signed a one-year contract with his hometown, St. Louis Rams.
Moe was born in O'Fallon, Missouri, a mere 17 minutes from the Rams' practice facility in Earth City. He later attended Fort Zumwalt West High School where he was dominant as a dual-threat quarterback. Moe was ranked as the #32 overall athlete in the country after his senior year by Rivals.com.
He decided to attend the University of Missouri, and then opted to ditch play calling for route running and become a wide receiver. During his time at Mizzou, Moe flourished into one of the team's go-to receivers and was one of the more popular players on the team. Throughout his four years in Columbia, Moe totaled 188 catches for 2101 yards. Eleven of those catches went for touchdowns.
After going undrafted in the 2013 NFL draft, Moe was signed as a free agent by the New England Patriots. However, unfortunately for both Moe and the Patriots, the upstart wide out suffered a torn Achilles tendon last May during off season training camp and was sidelined for the entire 2013-2014 NFL season. The Patriots decided to go a different direction this past off season, and released Moe in March.
Moe will compete with a plethora of receivers for a spot on the Rams' active roster. It is projected that he could also find his way onto the team as a special teams player, which he gained experience in during his junior and senior seasons at Mizzou.
No matter his role, T.J. Moe is happy to be home playing with the team he cheered for as a youngster. He even took to Twitter to reveal that his jersey number of 28 in college was to pay homage to former Rams' running back and Hall of Famer, Marshall Faulk.
Bingo RT @NTG_Smith: I never thought of this before, but were you #28 here at Mizzou because of Marshall?— T.J. Moe (@TJMoe28) May 5, 2014