The 2012 season did not end well for Broncos safety Rahim Moore.
His misplay of a deep ball to Ravens wide receiver Jacoby Jones late in the fourth quarter of Denver’s first playoff game allowed Jones to score a game-tying touchdown. The Broncos would eventually lose in overtime after Peyton Manning threw an interception and Moore wore goat horns after the game.
Moore handled it well immediately after the game and Broncos coach John Fox said that he hoped Moore would use the loss as fuel for improvement this offseason. Moore seems to have taken that advice to heart as he flew to Florida two days after the loss to start working out and hasn’t stopped in the ensuing months in an attempt to be a better safety in 2013.
I don’t want to be in this league five years and be gone. I don’t want to be a bust. I don’t want to be a guy who had a bright future and didn’t make it happen. I want to be a Pro Bowler. I want to win championships. This is a great organization, so why not live up to those expectations?” Moore said, via Mike Klis of the Denver Post.”What makes you a great player in this league is how you bounce back and how you learn from your mistakes. I don’t want people to think I’m over here hurting. I’m mad because I know our vision and what we’re capable of doing. But you have to move on. In life, you make mistakes. We all suffered from it, from my mistake. I take the full blame because I’m a man. I love this team, I love this organization so much. I think God has brought me here for a reason. I’ve moved forward. And I’m on a mission. I’m hungry.”
Klis has more from Moore that also makes you feel like his head is in the right place for things to work out well next season. The Broncos certainly seem to agree, making no moves that threaten his spot in the lineup during the offseason and banking on his next time on the field ending more positively than that game in January.