By: Terrill J. Weil
Da Boot Sports!
Derland Moore was an All-American defensive lineman at Oklahoma when the Saints selected him 29th overall in the second round of the 1973 NFL draft. He played 13 seasons for the Black and Gold, making 146 starts. His 170 total games played are the eighth-most in franchise history. In 1980, he led the team in sacks while he was selected to the Pro Bowl in 1983.
Whether he was playing defensive tackle, defensive end or nose tackle, Moore was solid and tough. He displayed consistency on every play. He also had one of the quickest first steps in football throughout his career.
In his 13 seasons with the Saints, Moore played for five permanent head coaches and three interim coaches. He went on to play his 14th and final season with the New York Jets.
Moore is a member of the New Orleans Saints Hall of Fame, and is also part of the Saints 40th Anniversary team. Without a doubt he is one of the greatest to ever where the Black and Gold.
He now lives in Mandeville, Louisiana where he is the facility manager for Fort Knox Climate Controlled Storage Complex.