The Night Rider: An Interview with Rennie Moore
Patrick D. Starr
"I am thankful that the coaches saw the football player in me and I'm ready to battle for the Texans."
Rennie Moore, Defensive End, Houston Texans, Clemson
It is not often when everything comes together last minute but for Clemson Tiger, Rennie Moore, that was the case. Moore is the definition of hard work that paid off and after an impressive senior season at Death Valley, the Houston Texans came knocking on his door. At 6-3 245 lbs., the former defensive end will be lining up in the same position for the Texans when camp starts, and trust me Moore is more than ready for the challenge.
The Saint Marys, Georgia native played for the Tigers since his red shirt year in 2008. With limited snaps his first three seasons with the team, Moore stepped up in a big way his senior season when he appeared in 14 games (started 12) and had 58 tackles, 10 tackles for loss, four sacks, a team-tying-high 18 quarterback pressures, and two pass breakups. Moore possesses the pass rushing ability to get to the quarterback and he is looking to make his mark when camp starts. Moore solidified the Tigers defensive front and his maturity and leadership showed throughout the season.
Talking with Moore, we are getting more than a football player. The Texans are getting a good person and a team leader from his Clemson days. He has a joking personality but when it comes to football, the "Night Rider" is all business during practice and on game days.
Tale of the Tape
Weight: 268 lbs.
Arm Length: 32 3/4"
Hand Size: 9 3/4"
First of all congratulations on being a Houston Texan. Can you tell me what is going through your mind right now?
I am truly blessed. This has been a dream come true. I am very anxious to see what the atmosphere is like in Houston and at Reliant. I actually thought the Texans were going to draft me in the 2nd or 4th round, but I ended up with the Texans in the end and that is all that matters now.
Can you tell us who was your biggest influence in your life getting you to this point in your career?
My Mother is the biggest influence because of the sacrifices she has made for our family. I am truly blessed to have her in my life.
What does Clemson University mean to you and playing at Death Valley?
It means a lot. Clemson was a big stage. It was the ACC, it was all about the big orange and purple, and the Hill. It taught me to bring my game on a big stage every game. The University itself taught me to become who I wanted to be, to compete inside and outside the classroom, and to broaden my views and thoughts.
Being a true starter during your senior year, what did it mean to you to step in and have a good season in 2011?
Oh it meant everything to me! It was my final year at Clemson and I worked to become a better player and taught myself to adapt to the position I played. The reason for my football success during my senior season, in my mind, was I brought energy, attitude and violence to the defensive line.
How did you feel heading into the draft and where you might end up?
I felt really good. I knew with my style of play and my work ethic I would go no later than the 5th round. When I did not hear my name called, I can admit I felt it. I was uneasy but I kept that smile on my face because it made me even more hungry to prove myself. One thing I have learned from Clemson was patience and hard work. I am thankful that the (Texans) coaches saw the football player in me and I'm ready to battle for the Texans.
During the draft were you uneasy not being drafted?
Oh yes Sir, but the competitor in me and the confidence in the player I know I am just gave me comfort. I knew my versatility, quickness and effort would surely land me in the 5th round. Also, I learned at Clemson and from my parents that the Lord has a plan for me.
Did you have an idea the Texans were interested in you?
To be honest, No. I had no clue really.
When you received the phone call from Houston, who was on the other line?
I do not really know honestly, just after getting the call I was crying. I was just happy to get a call.
How would you describe your game to Texans fans?
On the field, I become the man known as "The Night Rider". I look up to John Randle and love his style of play of pure intensity!!!! That's what I want to do - be quick and violent! THE "NIGHT RIDER" BABY!
Have you ever been to Texas and what are you looking forward to the most?
Never been to Texas. Honestly, never been pass Little Rock, Arkansas. I'm from the coast of Georgia. My town, St. Marys, is the second oldest city in the United States.
What position will you be playing with the Texans?
Defensive end and I hope they stand me up a little. I want some interceptions also.
What is your mindset heading into camp?
I will not be denied!!
Is there anything you might want to tell all the Texans fans out there?
Yes I would! Standing at 6'4" 270lbs. from SOUF, Georgia, Rennie Lee Moore Jr aka (Rendog) has arrived to the Texans. "Houston we have a problem for the other teams" AAAAHHHHHHHH!! (Laughing)
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