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Huntsville - Madison County Athletic HOF Member

NAME:Ricky Moore
SPORT:  Football
Ricky Moore was born and attended Elementary, Middle School and High School in Huntsville. Ricky thinks that a large part of any athlete’s success is talent and he received his talent from his father, Laverne “Pop” Newby. “My dad played center field in a semi-pro baseball league here in Huntsville and I was the happiest little boy in the world to serve as batboy for the team,” Ricky recalled. Between 1978 and 1981, during the time that Ricky was at Lee High School he accomplished what only a few could imagine. He was a four-year starter in baseball in centerfield. He won all city honors and all state honors in his career in baseball. He was offered many scholarships in baseball including one from the University of Texas Longhorns. He was a four-year starter for the basketball team at Lee. During his basketball career he was named to the all-city team and was also offered a basketball scholarship to the University of Mississippi. In 1981, during his senior year, he was named to the all-city team, the all-state team and was listed as the Number One Player in the state of Alabama in Football. He was also listed as one of the top 100 football players in the nation as a senior. He was offered scholarships from all over the United States but decided to sign with the University of Alabama. Ricky would later say, “Playing for Coach Paul “Bear” Bryant was an awesome experience and one that I will never forget.” While at the University of Alabama he lettered all four years and was named All-SEC in 1983. He was also named to the Sporting News Second-Team All American team in 1983. He set the record for the most consecutive 100-yard games at the University of Alabama: the total of 7 still stand today. He was named to the University of Alabama’s “Team of the Decade”, 1980-1990. After graduation in 1985, Ricky was drafted by the San Francisco 49’ers in the third round. Ricky went on to say, “All along the way, from my earliest childhood, throughout school, and into the pros, my mother, Patricia Newby, has always given me love and all of her support. Yet there is one person whom I consider to be my greatest fan, my grandmother, Numa Jean Moore. Mama Jean, you have truly been the greatest influence to me as an athlete and in my life.