Rahim Moore is known in Denver for costing the Broncos a chance at the Super Bowl in 2012. Now out of the NFL, Moore is back in Football with the AAF’s Arizona Hotshots.
Rahim Moore, who began his NFL career as a Denver Bronco, will play his first game as a member of the Arizona Hotshots this Sunday. The Hotshots are a part of a brand new, eight-team developmental football league called the Alliance of American Football. The AAF is scheduled to kick off its inaugural regular season this Saturday.
The Broncos drafted Moore in the second round of the 2011 NFL Draft, John Elway’s first with the team. In his rookie season, Moore started seven games at free safety, recording 31 tackles and an interception.
His second season would begin with the Broncos signing one of the most coveted free agents in NFL history in Peyton Manning and end with Moore committing one of the worst gaffes in NFL playoff history.
In 2012, the Broncos ended the season on an 11-game win streak. At 13-3, they rolled into the NFL playoffs as the AFC’s number one seed and were considered by many the favorite to win the Super Bowl. In the Divisional Round, the Broncos hosted the Baltimore Ravens.
The Broncos led the game 35-28 with 43 seconds left in regulation when Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco heaved a 70-yard bomb to Jacoby Jones who caught the ball and ran into the end zone. Replays showed that Moore horribly misplayed the ball, which resulted in Jones being so open.
The Ravens eventually won the game in double overtime, sending the Broncos home early.
Moore played two more years with the team after that play, starting 26 games and recording 93 tackles and six interceptions over those two seasons. But that one play will always be what Broncos fans think of when they hear his name uttered.
As a free agent leading up to the 2015 season, Moore signed a three-year, $12 million contract with the Houston Texans. He spent one season in Houston playing in only seven games.
Since then, he has signed contracts with the Cleveland Browns and New York Giants but was cut by the Browns a week before their first regular season game in 2016 and by the Giants in May of 2017 after taking the rest of 2016 off.
In November of 2018, Moore decided to get back into football and signed with the Hotshots. His contract, like all other players in the league by rule, is for three years and $250,000.
With some sports books releasing futures odds for the AAF, the Westgate SuperBook in Las Vegas has the Hotshots listed as 2.5/1 favorites to win the league’s first championship game.
In an interview he did in January this year for Jose M. Romero, team reporter for the Hotshots, Moore said he enjoyed traveling and spending more time with his kids while away from the game, but now sees himself ready to get back into football.
This Sunday will be his first game action of any kind since 2015, but only 28 years old, Moore is still young and could very well get another chance for an NFL team if he performs well in the AAF.
CBS and CBS Sports will air the AAF all season long. For TV listings on Moore’s first game and the other three games on the AAF’s opening week schedule, click HERE.
To read more of Romero’s interview with Moore, click HERE.