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Prep football: Indians set to retire Moore’s No. 17 jersey

Dolphins quarterback was 2-time All-CIF player at Hart

Posted: October 14, 2012 2:00 a.m.
Updated: October 14, 2012 2:00 a.m.

Matt Moore goes back to pass Dec. 7, 2001, in the CIF-Southern Section Division III championship game. Hart will retire Moore's No. 17 jersey before its Friday game at COC.

Hart High graduate and NFL veteran quarterback Matt Moore will have his No. 17 retired in a ceremony prior to the Indians’ Friday night game against Saugus at College of the Canyons.

The current Miami Dolphins quarterback was a two-year varsity star at Hart in 2000 and 2001.

He won two CIF championships as an Indian and his teams went 25-2.

This marks the fifth number retired at Hart — John Sheeler (30), Jim and Tom Bonds (7), Ted Iacenda (46) and Kyle Boller (8) all previously had their numbers retired.

“Matt has to be one of the only All-CIF players on defense one year and offense the next year. He’s also one of the most well-liked players we had at Hart,” said Hart head coach Mike Herrington.

In 2000, as a starting safety for Hart, Moore intercepted a school record 10 passes.

The next season, he was the starting quarterback and was named All-CIF Division III Offensive Player of the Year, a Cal-Hi Sports All-State selection and was one of the highest ranked recruits in the country.

The Indians went 13-0 that season and Moore threw for 277 yards and four touchdowns in a 42-13 victory over Valencia in the Division III championship game.

He finished the season with 3,334 passing yards and 33 touchdown passes and 606 rushing yards with seven scores on the ground.

Moore earned a scholarship to UCLA and finished his college career with Oregon State with a 2006 Sun Bowl victory in which he passed for 356 yards and four touchdowns and was named the game’s Most Valuable Player.

The 28-year-old is in his sixth NFL season and has 5,137 career passing yards, 32 touchdowns and 26 interceptions and a 59.1 completion percentage.

He spent the first four seasons of that career with the Carolina Panthers (2007-2010) and has spent the last two with the Dolphins.


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