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Warren Moon - Longevity And Retirement

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Longevity and Retirement

Moon's desire to win a championship kept him from retiring and he signed as a backup with the Seattle Seahawks in 1997. It was with Seattle that Moon would prove he still had something to offer despite his age. After the starter was injured in the first game of the season, Moon became the oldest starting quarterback in NFL history at the age of forty-one. His performance that season would lead to an appearance in the Pro Bowl where he earned the Most Valuable Player award. Moon retired as a Kansas City Chief in 2001.

His excellence on the field was matched by his reputation as a family man. In 1995, he was arrested after a domestic dispute between him and his long time wife. His wife didn't press charges and he was never convicted. They ultimately divorced in 2001, after nineteen years of marriage.

Career Statistics

Passing
Yr Team Att Com Yds COM% TD INT SK RAT
HOU: Houston Oilers; KC: Kansas City Chiefs; MINN: Minnesota Vikings; SEA: Seattle Seahawks.
1984 HOU 450 259 3338 57.6 12 14 47 76.9
1985 HOU 377 200 2709 53.1 15 19 46 68.5
1986 HOU 488 256 3489 52.5 13 26 41 62.3
1987 HOU 368 184 2806 50.0 21 18 25 74.2
1988 HOU 294 160 2327 54.4 17 8 12 88.4
1989 HOU 464 280 3631 60.3 23 14 35 88.9
1990 HOU 584 362 4689 62.0 33 13 36 96.8
1991 HOU 655 404 4690 61.7 23 21 23 81.7
1992 HOU 346 224 2521 64.7 18 12 16 89.3
1993 HOU 520 303 3485 58.3 21 21 34 75.2
1994 MINN 601 371 4264 61.7 18 19 29 79.9
1995 MINN 606 377 4228 62.2 7 9 19 68.7
1997 SEA 528 313 3678 59.3 25 16 30 83.7
1998 SEA 258 145 1632 56.2 11 8 22 76.6
1999 KC 3 1 20 33.3 0 0 0 57.6
2000 KC 34 15 208 44.1 1 1 5 61.9
TOTAL 6823 3988 49325 58.4 291 233 458 80.9

Awards and Accomplishments

1973 Named to all-city team at Hamilton High School
1978 Named Rose Bowl Most Valuable Player
1978 Named Pacific 8 Conference Player of the Year
1978-82 Grey Cup trophy
1980 Named Grey Cup Most Outstanding Offensive Player
1982 Named Grey Cup Most Outstanding Player
1983 Jeff Nicklin Memorial Trophy
1988 Named to NFL's All-Pro team
1990 Named NFL's Offensive Player of the Year
1997 Named to ninth NFL Pro Bowl
2001 Inducted to Edmonton Eskimos Wall of Fame

Moon overcame the obstacles of prejudice and paved the way for black quarterbacks in the NFL. A Super Bowl was the only thing Moon failed to achieve. He was active in his community and the winner of popularity polls during his time in Texas. Moon's arm strength, endurance and mental toughness carried him through a career that exceeded expectations.

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