One of the highlights of the opening night for the AAF came in the San Antonio Commanders and San Diego Fleet game. Yes, Mike Bercovici getting hit so hard his helmet flew off and traveled a solid five yards in the air was good, but the Fleet’s Ryan Moeller picking off Commanders QB Logan Woodside was a thing of beauty as well.
The interception would set up a game tying field goal for the Fleet who would go on to lose 15-6 in both teams inaugural AAF game. But what made the interception such a highlight was the excitement of the play for Moeller as he celebrated with his teammates. Something looked different, then I figured it out. He had no gloves, no wristbands, no tape around his wrists, no sleeves. He looked naked by today’s standards.
Once I began tracing his path to the AAF, his look started to make more and more sense, He is from Rifle, CO. A town of about 9000 people in western Colorado. He was an all-state running back for the Rifle Bears. He ran for over 3000 yards (which was good for 7th in the nation that season) and had 43 TDs his senior season as he helped lead the Bears to the state championship game that season
After his senior season, no big time scholarship offers came so Moeller walked on at Colorado. After two years of proven he could play at that level, he was awarded a scholarship. He started the first half of the season before being involved in a motorbike/car accident. (I’m assuming he was on the motorbike) He would bounce back and start his junior year as a hybrid safety/outside linebacker.
He also spent almost all of his career the on special teams. He was an All-Pac 12 special teams performer as a junior and senior and at the senior banquet he was awarded the Derek Singleton award for spirit, dedication and enthusiasm. After college he was invited to attend rookie mini camps with the Seahawks and Giants before landing with the San Diego Fleet.
Saturday night’s electrifying interception was his first interception since his sophomore year at Colorado, which was his only collegiate career interception.