CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - Jalin Moore hasn’t been a starter a lot in his football career. He has battled back from a gruesome ankle injury. Now he stands on the cusp of realizing his NFL dream.
“Nothing worth having comes easy,” said Jalin Moore.
Moore played his high school football at Crest on a team full of big time Division 1 talent like Jonathan Bullard, Tre Harbison, and Rhaheim Ledbetter. Moore was one of many RB on the team and had to split carries with Harbison and Ledbetter. He still managed to rush for over 27 hundred yards in his final 2 season in Boiling Springs.
“I still wasn’t heavily recruited,” said Moore. “All these people I’m around, that’s doing the same thing I’m doing, running for the same yards I’m getting but they are getting ACC offers. I wanted to play FBS. Thank God that App State offer came late. I still had something to prove. ”
But when he got to App State, they already had a stable of running backs including Marcus Cox.
“I wasn’t only behind Marcus. I was like 6th string,” said the redshirt senior.
Sophomore year Jalin works his way to 2nd string and gets his big chance in the Miami game, when Cox goes down with an injury.
“My first couple of carries, they smash me,” said Moore. “In my face, talking junk. So, I had to do something. I got my momma in the stands. I got my daughter in the stands. I can’t be getting pushed around. So, the next time I get the ball, I don’t care who is in the way, I’m making me a hole. As soon as I got it, the next thing I know, I’m really running down the sideline. After that, my confidence built.”
The belief he could be a NFL player was born. He rushed for over 14 hundred yard and had 10 touchdowns. He saw his name among the leaders in rushing yards with the likes of Christian McCaffrey and Dalvin Cook. He was also named the Sun Belt Offensive Player of the Year.
Entering his senior season, he is a top NFL prospect at running back. Then comes the Arkansas State game on October 9th. On a 2nd quarter tourchdown run, Jalin fractures and dislocates his ankle. His season and career at App is over, but the dream is still alive on the inside.
“Of course as a man, I’m not afraid to say this, I was back there crying,” said Moore. “I let it all out. This is the night I’m going to let it out. After my surgery, I’m hitting it again. God put me in that position for a reason. God made me who I am for a reason. He keeps putting me through these situations for a reason-- for me to keep overcoming.”
After surgery and 12 weeks of rehab, Moore was back on the field at the Reece’s Senior Bowl and participated at the NFL Combine. He also had a full workout at the App State Pro Day. 23 NFL teams showed up that day, but he has a message for every team in the league.
“Don’t sleep on me. If you pass on me, you making a mistake. I can’t wait to touch that field again. I can’t wait to let it all out. It means something more to me now.”