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Warren Moon - Pressure And Prejudice

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Pressure and Prejudice

Before Moon there were very few black quarterbacks in the NFL. He and Doug Williams, of the Washington Redskins, were among the first to find real success. His longevity and reputation for professionalism and success were factors in his eventual acceptance in the league. He and his family, however, were subjected to racist jeers by fans throughout his career when things were not going well for his team. Moon never succumbed to the pressure and always handled himself with discipline and pride.

Chronology

1956 Born November 18 in Los Angeles, California
1973 Leads high school team to city playoffs
1973 Named to all-city team
1977 Leads University of Washington to conference championship
1978 Leads team to Rose Bowl victory
1978 Wins first of five consecutive Grey Cup trophies in the CFL
1983 Named MVP of CFL
1984 Joins the Houston Oilers
1987 Leads Houston to NFL playoffs
1988 Named All-Pro
1994 Signs with the Minnesota Vikings
1997 Signs with the Seattle Seahawks
1997 Becomes oldest starting quarterback in NFL history
2001 Retires as a Kansas City Chief

While with the Oilers, Moon was never able to advance his team past the second round of the playoffs and became a scapegoat for the team's mediocrity. Although he set many team records and his personal performance was continually recognized, he was traded after ten years to the Minnesota Vikings where he believed he would have a more legitimate shot at the Super Bowl. In Minnesota, however, Moon was no more successful. Always a contender and never a winner, the Vikings and Moon suffered a similar fate as his Oilers had in the first ten years of his NFL career. His stay in Minnesota ended after the 1996 season. Injuries limited his abilities and his backup Brad Johnson asserted himself as the quarterback of the future.

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