Moore: Organizations To Blame For Players' Antics

Certain NFL players act out for many reasons, but organizations need to do a better job of setting expectations

The DA Show
November 06, 2019 - 1:12 pm
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Certain NFL players do a wonderful job of representing their franchise on and off the field. Often, these players remain involved with said organization after their playing days. They serve as team ambassadors, there’s the Ring of Honor, the team’s Hall of Fame – the list goes on.

Other NFL players, meanwhile, don’t do a great job of representing their franchise on and off the field. They, for lack of a better term, act a fool.

There’s no denying which players organizations want to attach themselves to as the years go on. Is it possible that young players who lack focus and accountability – who just don’t “get it” – simply miss the bigger picture?

In a word, yes.

“I blame a little bit of it actually on the organization and also those that (do) the contracts,” former Pro Bowl receiver Herman Moore said on The DA Show. “When I’m out as a person, as an ambassador, I have a clause; I have things that say I have to be a particular way or a certain way because that’s part of the brand identity – not just your brand, but it’s also the brand of the company that you’re representing or the organization that you’re representing. If you were to make that part of it . . . as important as it is on the field – your antics, your actions off the field – I think you start to set the precedent and you also start to set what the message, and the standard needs to be that will bring out the consistency.”

Moore, 50, played for the Lions from 1991 to 2001. He was a three-time All-Pro and led the NFL in receptions in 1995 and 1997.

“You’ll know right up front who’s going to toe the line,” Moore said, “and toeing the line means just keep the integrity of what the sport needs to be. When you’re called a professional athlete, what does it mean to be professional?”