Being a senior in college doesn’t just apply to how many credits you’ve amassed anymore. Faulkner University in Alabama is a small Christian university in the state’s capital of Montgomery with an enrollment of around 3,000 students. The football team participates in the MidSouth conference, and when it takes the field this season it will have a 61 year-old on its roster.
Faulkner University officials say that after clearing up a few eligibility concerns, Alan Moore, a former college football player in the 1960s and Vietnam veteran, will take to the field once again this season as the Eagles’ newest team member.
Moore was only able to play his freshman year at Jones County Junior College before heading off to Vietnam for 11 months. Watching a football game in 2009 inspired him to purchase footballs, build goal posts in his daughter’s back yard, and practice kicking. Last year Moore was turned away in an attempt to try out for Jones’ team but did end up making the team at Holmes Community College after being referred by the head coach’s aunt. Ironically, he made an appearance for Holmes against Jones County.
“It was in my heart to play at Jones Junior College, but they were non-responsive to it.”
Good for Alan Moore in pursuing a dream, it’s just too bad he couldn’t be doing it at the school he originally enrolled in. But things happen for a reason and he’s made the step up from a community college to a university so things worked out pretty well.
If Moore is ever lacking motivation or wondering what he got himself into, he can look no further than Ken Mink. At 73 years old he hooped it up for Roane State Community College in Tennessee.
H/T to Al.com
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