All Things Being Equal

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Sports Publishing LLC, 2005 - Sports & Recreation - 202 pages
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He played with a quiet confidence. Statistically, he had few peers. Even now, almost forty years after his first professional contest, his impressive body has withstood the test of time. He was Marshall Faulk before there was a Marshall Faulk. He could catch, he could run, he could block--he did everything. In his complete autobiography, All Things Being Equal, Hall of Fame running back Lenny Moore shares his entire story. Moore recounts many fascinating life experiences, beginning with his upbringing in a blue-color family of thirteen in Reading, Pennsylvania. He explores his standout, yet challenging time in Happy Valley playing for an already legendary coach in Penn State's Rip Engle, and one in-training--Joe Paterno. He also delves into his professional football career with the Baltimore Colts that saw him reach new heights as the MVP of the NFL in 1964. Throughout his amateur and professional career, Moore's toughest competitor was often racism, which battled Moore tooth for tooth. But, as Moore would learn, life would pose other significant battles once his spikes were hung up. Other immortals who played with him--like Johnny Unitas, Gino Marchetti, and Raymond Berry--would easily transition into life after football. Some became businessmen; others carved a new career path as coaches or general managers--but not Moore. In great detail, he describes his difficulties in shifting from having fame and notoriety to not being able to find employment in the town in which he was once celebrated. But Moore eventually found his calling, working with troubled Maryland juveniles, and establishing the Leslie Moore Schorlarship Foundation benefiting underprivileged youths. Today, he also workstoward finding a cure for Scleroderma, after his son passed away of the disease in 2001. Ultimately, All Things Being Equal is the touching journey of one man's self-discovery that, unfortunately, all things are seldom equal.
 

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Contents

AN INNOCENT CHILDHOOD IN READING
1
THE READING COMET
13
PENN STATE BOUND
25
COMING INTO MY OWN
39
LENNY MOORE NFL RUNNING BACK
55
ROOKIE OF THE YEAR
69
A CHAMPIONSHIP FOUNDATION
81
SOLIDIFYING OUR PLACE IN HISTORY
97
COMEBACK PLAYER OF THE YEAR? I NEVER LEFT
125
A CAREER WINDS DOWN
135
THE HOPE OF A NEW DAY
147
A LIFE DERAILED
161
LOSING LIES
171
STARTING A JOURNEY INTO MY PAST
181
FATE SMILES ON ME ONCE AGAIN
193
SOURCES
203

TRAGEDY STRIKES
105
SEASON OF DOUBT
117

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