Moore finds success in hard work
Feb. 11, 2014
By Grace Fontenot
TCU Athletic Media Relations
FORT WORTH, Texas -- True freshman Jordan Moore has found that the key to thriving as a productive student-athlete involves hard work, but making sure he has fun.
Moore was one of TCU's prominent recruits when he came in as a freshman. He was offered a scholarship for his performance not only in football but track and field as well. In high school, in his hometown of Atlanta, Moore set records and was a three-time Georgia state champion in the 110-meter hurdles. He had offers to powerhouse schools like Auburn, Arkansas and Florida.
"I fell in love with TCU when I first saw it. There were a lot of schools but TCU was there," Moore said. "What really sealed the deal was when coach Gary Patterson showed up on my birthday," Moore explained.
Moore said that during his recruitment process TCU was "on point" with everything they did.
Last year Moore suffered an ACL injury days before the Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl. Because of the injury he Moore was unable to compete in track in the spring.
"I'm just blessed, it was nothing but God allowing me to come back," Moore said. "I didn't have a doubt in my mind I was going to come back stronger."
Through family connections Moore was able to have surgery done by one of the most renowned orthopedic surgeons, James Andrews, whose work helped players like Bo Jackson, Adrian Peterson and Emmitt Smith have successful recoveries from their injuries.
With a successful surgery, Moore said he was able to recover quicker than he expected explaining that he was able to sprint just three months after surgery. Although his recovery progressed, Moore was not able to train for the upcoming football season until June.
With this minor set back Moore said it didn't stop him from hitting the weight room everyday. Moore was a mere 200 pounds at the time of his surgery, but was able to put on weight and reached 220 pounds just in time for football season. Moore said he got stronger and was able to help his team as a running back for the 2013 season.
Just a week after TCU's last football game of the season against Baylor, Moore was back at training, but now to prepare for his track season. With only one week to prepare Moore started the 2014 track season placing second in the 60-meter hurdles.
Recently, Moore has improved in track and placed first in the 60-meter hurdles at the Texas A&M invitational, and finished second at the New Mexico Invitational where he set a new school record at 7.72.
Moore is currently No. 1 in the Big 12 for hurdles and stressed that his success comes from a number of things including his philosophy of having fun and his workouts, which combine football and track workouts.
Moore works out with the track team from 2 p.m. - 4 p.m. during the week. He then drives over to the football facilities to begin football training from 4:15 p.m. - 6:15 p.m.
"It's a long day for me but it is what it is," he explains.
"It's really fun, we laugh every single day. It's probably one of the most loose seasons of my life," Moore said.
Moore said his secret at being successful in both sports is the combination of the two workouts. By combining both workouts he said he's able to improve his speed and strength training.
"In order to keep my fat percentage index down, I would run track in the spring and a little bit in the summer and do football workouts in the summer," Moore said. "So I come back faster, stronger, and bigger than anybody."
With a few more years to go in his college football and track career, Moore explained how grateful he was to be able to excel in two sports that he said he loved the same.
"I'm honestly really soaking it up and having fun because these days are not promised," Moore explained. "I remember when I was sitting down during my ACL injury and watching everybody."
Moore, who is a business major at TCU, said he hopes to be able to work with Fortune 500 companies after he graduates. He also talked about his dream of an outreach project that he has begun to establish.
"I'm in the making of my own outreach corporation to talk to young kids and children in high schools to help them understand the different outlets of life and that everybody doesn't have to be an athlete and be in the limelight," Moore explained.
Moore seemed very confident in his future and said he tries to stay productive in his many activities outside of track and football, but overall his most important objective is to make sure he has fun on his journey to accomplish his wildest dreams.