Strahan reached out to Moore in the offseason and the two “hung out a lot,’’ says Moore with no small amount of pride.
“I would try to see him at least once a week, I would text him, whenever his schedule wasn’t busy I would go to his show or we’ll meet up or have dinner or he’d have a movie screening and invite me,’’ Moore said.
This is heady stuff for Moore, who made an impact on special teams in his first season but couldn’t find his way onto the field on defense and looked and acted very much like the 20-year old kid he was. The Giants are intrigued by his potential, but Moore’s professionalism needed a kick-start, something Strahan was happy to provide.
“Talking to him, just trying to pick his brain, trying to make myself better, he helped me make myself better as a football player and as a man, showing me stuff he learned from his mistakes,’’ Moore said.
The best advice he received, Moore said, was Strahan’s revelation that his career really took off when he started serious film study of his opponent to determine areas to exploit.
Moore figured in year No. 1 he’d break into the lineup at some point and have some fun on defense. “I did,’’ he admitted, “but I was in for a rude awakening.’’
Looking back, he sees the reasons for his failure to make an impact as a combination of self and situation.
“Maturity,’’ Moore said, “and learning behind some of the greatest. I mean playing behind [Jason Pierre-Paul], Kiwi [Mathias Kiwanuka], Tuck, all those guys played under somebody, Tuck played under Strahan and Osi. One of the things you got to bide your time and if tradition keeps going like it usually goes with the Giants, you sit out your first year or don’t play as much and then you learn behind somebody great and then eventually you get to move up in the rankings.’’