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Warren Moon chose No. 1 for multiple reasons

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The Prime Numbers series on NBCSN’s Pro Football Talk started Monday with No. 1.  And the best player who ever wore that number was Hall of Fame quarterback Warren Moon.

So why did Moon pick No. 1?

“A couple of different reasons,” Moon told Erik Kuselias.  “I think, first, it was a very different number and it was something that nobody else was wearing, but I think it had more meaning to me than that.  It was something that my teammates could look at on my back.  Every time they looked at me as a leader on our football team, they saw the number 1, which is something that signifies a lot of different things.  Hopefully, number 1 is where we want our team to finish.  If you’re an individual, you want to be probably the best at your position, the same way for me, and having that number 1 on my chest or on my back meant the same thing to me.  I wanted to be the best at my position so I worked towards that, and that number 1 was a constant reminder of that.  So not only was it a constant reminder hopefully for me, but also for my teammates, and where we wanted our team to finish.”

Moon’s NFL teams never finished No. 1, but not because of Moon’s lack of ability or effort.

Today, the most recognizable player to wear No. 1 is Panthers quarterback Cam Newton, who led Carolina to an unlikely playoff berth in his third NFL season.  As Newton thrives and younger players hope to emulate him, there could be more and more non-kickers wearing No. 1 in the NFL before too long.

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15 Responses to “Warren Moon chose No. 1 for multiple reasons”
  1. pftthoughtpolicemostwanted says: Jun 3, 2014 11:45 PM

    The difference between the two is Warren Moon took his job very seriously and Newton is a clown.

  2. barneyrumble says: Jun 3, 2014 11:49 PM

    Best tackling puter/kicker in the game and best current numeral uno Patrick Vincent Hercules McAfee. Greatest of all time, PFT nailed it with Moon.

  3. Xenu D. Alien says: Jun 3, 2014 11:54 PM

    He didn’t want to be No. 2, can you blame him?

  4. coachbeck says: Jun 4, 2014 12:58 AM

    Warren Moon threw the prettiest ball I can remember.

  5. patfic5 says: Jun 4, 2014 1:00 AM

    “Whatever”.- Gary Anderson

  6. kanolee says: Jun 4, 2014 1:16 AM

    where would he be today if Don James did not have him transfer from a JC college..

  7. madenatewell says: Jun 4, 2014 1:40 AM


    Say what you want but when Cam was hanging out with Warren Moon before the draft and Clausen was number 2 (Cam’s college number) and I saw his OTA photos wearing number one I hoped he’d keep it. Glad he did, everywhere I go being from Idaho, I know wearing his jersey, unless its a custom jersey, I’m the only person wearing number one. Its pretty cool.

  8. kferguson2002 says: Jun 4, 2014 1:48 AM


  9. erictheclown says: Jun 4, 2014 8:38 AM

    ” Cam Newton, who led Carolina”

    He, at best, stayed out of the way while the defense led Carolina.

  10. pigskinjunkie66 says: Jun 4, 2014 9:41 AM

    Agree with coachbeck 100%.

  11. mysterytonite says: Jun 4, 2014 10:18 AM

    Scam Newton

  12. jpaq68 says: Jun 4, 2014 10:48 AM

    I agree with coachbeck 100% as well..

  13. mutantman87 says: Jun 4, 2014 12:17 PM

    Too bad Warren Moon’s Oilers teams couldn’t play D. It’s a shame to have the production Moon did without ever making it to the big game.

  14. mutantman87 says: Jun 4, 2014 12:18 PM

    Warren needs to bring back his mustache. He is on Seattle local TV (former UW standout) and his Mr. Clean look is really strange.

  15. kev86 says: Jun 4, 2014 6:37 PM

    I miss the Houston Oilers. The Houston Texans are boring.

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