LENNY MOORE

LENNY MOORE

Class of 1975
Flanker-Running Back >>> 6-1, 191
(Penn State)
1956-1967 Baltimore Colts

Leonard Edward Moore. . .No. 1 draft choice, 1956. . .Rookie of Year, 1956. . .Started as a flanker, moved to running back in 1961. . . Amassed 12,451 combined net yards, 5,174 yards rushing, 363 receptions for 6,039 yards. . .Scored 113 TDs, 678 points. . .All-NFL five years. . . Played in seven Pro Bowls. . .NFL Player of the Year and Comeback Player of Year, 1964. . .Scored touchdowns in record 18 straight games, 1963-1965. . .Born November 25, 1933, in Reading, Pennsylvania.

For almost a decade starting in the late 1950s, the Baltimore Colts were one of the National Football League's premier teams. Flanker/halfback Lenny Moore was a major reason for the team’s successes. A Penn State product, Moore was a first-round draft pick of the Colts in 1956.

He was first used as a combination flanker and running back but his primary responsibility was to catch passes. Teaming with quarterback Johnny Unitas the two formed a terrific pass-catch combo that devastated the opposition for almost a dozen years.

In 1958, Lenny’s third season, the Colts marched to the NFL championship and Moore played a leading role, contributing 1,638 combined net yards, 938 of those on receptions, and 14 touchdowns. In the Colts’ overtime victory over the New York Giants in the title game, Moore grabbed five passes for 99 yards.

Following the season, he earned first-team All-Pro honors, something he would do again in 1959, 1960,1961, and 1964. Seven times he would be selected to play in the Pro Bowl.

In 1962, Moore was moved inside to the running back’s slot fulltime instead of flanked outside. A series of injuries seemed to slow the fleet-footed back and caused him to miss a number of games the next two seasons. In 1963, Moore could play in only about half the team's games.

But Lenny bounced back magnificently in 1964 and enjoyed the finest season of his career, scoring 20 touchdowns. That year, one wire service picked him the Comeback Player of the Year and another named him the NFL's Most Valuable Player.

From 1963 to 1965, Lenny scored touchdowns in 18 consecutive games, an NFL-record. When Moore retired following the 1967 season, he left behind some amazing statistics, 12,451 combined net yards, 5174 yards rushing, 363 pass receptions, and 113 touchdowns.

Year
Team
G
No.
Yds.
Avg.
TD
No.
Yds.
Avg.
TD
1956 Baltimore
12
86
649
7.5
8
11
102
9.3
1
1957 Baltimore
12
98
488
5.0
3
40
687
17.2
7
1958 Baltimore
12
82
598
7.3
7
50
938
18.8
7
1959 Baltimore
12
92
422
4.6
2
47
846
18.0
6
1960 Baltimore
12
91
374
4.1
4
45
936
20.8
9
1961 Baltimore
13
92
648
7.0
7
49
728
14.9
8
1962 Baltimore
10
106
470
4.4
2
18
215
11.9
2
1963 Baltimore
7
27
136
5.0
2
21
288
13.7
2
1964 Baltimore
14
157
584
3.7
16
21
472
22.5
3
1965 Baltimore
12
133
464
3.5
5
27
414
15.3
3
1966 Baltimore
13
63
209
3.3
3
21
260
12.4
0
1967 Baltimore
14
42
132
3.1
4
13
153
11.8
0
Career Total
143
1069
5174
4.8
63
363
6039
16.6
48
Additional Career Statistics: Passing: 12-3-25, 2 TD, 2 Int; Punt Returns: 14-56; Kickoff Returns: 49-1180, 1 TD; Fumble Recovery for TD: 1

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