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College Football / NCAA

61 Year Old Alan Moore Makes Faulkner University Football Team

08/31/2011 at 7:24 pm By

 

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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98 Comments so far

  1. Gangstahater

    on 08/31/2011 - Reply

    Poor guy probably wasn’t qualified for the NFL Gang, he didn’t have a police record, or most importantly, has not spent no time in Jail………

    • danielle

      on 09/01/2011 - Reply

      the NFL gang , really? not all of them have criminal records, dont over generalize or sterotype….it makes you look suspect..im not going to use the R word

    • Tom

      on 09/01/2011 - Reply

      Asshole

    • Devin Williams

      on 09/01/2011 - Reply

      That’s pretty funny! I’ve been saying for a few years that the NFL stood for the National Felons League.

      • thom71gt

        on 09/01/2011 - Reply

        Well, being that gangstahater is an idiot and used a double-negative “has not spent NO time in Jail” means that he actually HAS spent time in jail, therefore nullifying his entire point.

        • bob

          on 09/01/2011 - Reply

          what’s wrong with being a gangster hater. they are a major contributer to the “dumbing down of america” and the main cause of holding down the black society.

          • MC

            on 09/01/2011 -

            Why do you automatically assume a “gangster” is a black person? the original gangsters werent even black,I will use the word… Racist!

          • fred

            on 09/01/2011 -

            Thats painfully true Bob

          • tj

            on 09/01/2011 -

            gangster=black. its just that simple. be honest with yourself on this one, and if you are, you’ll realize that everyone to some extent is racist. even you mr. self-righteous. and by the way, no, not all hood rat gangsters are black. just damn near most of them.

  2. kenny

    on 08/31/2011 - Reply

    Dude! This is a fantastic story. At 61,just making a team is a speacial thing. We all get old and to get his dream is great. Your statement about not being a criminal is off. You really think you are funny? NOT!

  3. Jim

    on 09/01/2011 - Reply

    Lame stories and scenes for Alan Moore and Ken Mink.

    • Bill

      on 09/01/2011 - Reply

      No, you are lame, you imbecile!!

    • Kazuyya

      on 09/01/2011 - Reply

      Jim, I can tell you have never played sports.

    • cappidad

      on 09/01/2011 - Reply

      Jim, when you’re 61, if you make it that far and can still roll your creaking bod off out of bed, let us know how you feel about these “lame” stories. As one who’s past 61, I can tell you these are inspirational….and a good smile also.

      • SmartPotato

        on 09/01/2011 - Reply

        YAY!

  4. wally

    on 09/01/2011 - Reply

    Way to go Alan,thank you for serving our country,it’s a real pro that does that first.Shame on the pro’s that only serve themselves,with fat contracts,sexual assault’s,drugs,dirty hits on and off the field.Some should be barred from sports for the examples they set for our children.

    • SmartPotato

      on 09/01/2011 - Reply

      “assaults”… there is no apostrophe in a simple plural noun.

      • doggdaze46

        on 09/01/2011 - Reply

        Hay yew moore-on, whookares about proper sh#t here…

        • ng89

          on 09/01/2011 - Reply

          Where is a ‘like’ button when you need one?

      • 4thecross1

        on 09/01/2011 - Reply

        Bro what are you in kindergarden? Everyone knows you have to capitalize the beginning of a sentence.

        Better luck next time?

        • Me

          on 09/06/2011 - Reply

          Nice.

  5. Larry

    on 09/01/2011 - Reply

    ……….Alan is 9 years my jr. And if he can do this , then I am inspired to exercise a little more. Way to go Alan, dont let up. Show them you still have it. Good Luck, and thank you for your service in the Air Force…..

  6. History

    on 09/01/2011 - Reply

    Story is from 2010.

    • Stumpy

      on 09/01/2011 - Reply

      Tim frisby was 41 and played in 2005 for USC (the real one) in two SEC games for the Gamecocks as a reciever for positive yardage. He was a retired Army Ranger First Seargent. I am 36 with four years of eligibility left and these guys inspire me.

  7. kmedel

    on 09/01/2011 - Reply

    Gangstahater; Jim…
    I am guessing you dimwits have no idea what it is like to get old…or even play sports, more or less. Most of “us” 50+ dudes can run rings around your @ss and you would get fizzed out immediately! Hats off to those guys who made the teams. Kicking is not easy…and playing basketball is definitely not easy.
    Maybe you DAs can learn a thing or two from them, huh? Get your heads out of the “cave”.

    • Darin

      on 09/01/2011 - Reply

      Preachin to the church… Im 50, used to work out 6 days a week, bench 275. These young kids act so tough that are 130 140 pnds…If theyd get out from infront of the vidio games, go out side… Maby they wont be a bunch of girls when theyr 50… Had two attack me recently- Their teeth were flying everywhere.. I actually felt sorry for them. But reality check, dont F with old school…

      • Akeman

        on 09/01/2011 - Reply

        LOL, pity the fool who goes up against old school.

        years back, I witnessed a long-haired twenty something walk in front of a pickup exiting a parking lot and flip off an ‘old’ man who was driving. The guy gets out and looks like John Wayne and I imagine a Korean vet. After the young guy gets in his face to intimidate the ‘old’ man, fisticuffs began and soon the young guy was on the ground ‘licking’ his wounds.

        Same thing happened a rest area where an ‘old’ guy reminded the young one to flush the urinal. After a verbal exchange, the same thing result of the young guy was on the ground.

        I’m nearly 50 and train three days a week in martial arts, I used to play linebacker and wrestle. I’ve had plenty of fistfights and thought they were fun. So any young punk making the mistake of accosting me will be at my mercy.

        • JWhitaker

          on 09/01/2011 - Reply

          Youth & skill are no match for old age and treachery…

        • JWhitaker

          on 09/01/2011 - Reply

          I apologise, that would be “Youth & vigour are no match for old age and treachery.” Skill might actually be the difference maker for either side.

    • ldc

      on 09/01/2011 - Reply

      kmedel,

      gangstahater definately is not a gangsta, but as we all can see he certainly is a “hater” along with “co-hater” – Jim. Many people, young and mature, don’t have the energy to do much more than lift a remote control. I applaud anyone who has the will to stay physically active and continue to pursue their dreams.

      • Saggy Balls

        on 09/01/2011 - Reply

        If he’s good he may get lucky with one of them cheerleader’s. Melts in your mouth not in your hands, mmmm.

        • SmartPotato

          on 09/01/2011 - Reply

          There’s no apostrophe in “cheerleaders”… stop that. Basic second grade grammar.

          • Old in TN

            on 09/01/2011 -

            ‘Basic second grade grammar.’

            That’s why the show ‘Are you smarter than a 5 year old.’ has been so popular. Too many people are NOT as smart as a five year old.
            I could go on a rant about education but I shall not.

          • Tom D

            on 09/01/2011 -

            Hey SmartPotato,you may be great at punctuation. but the majority of us find your comments more annoying then others punctuation mistakes. Also, SmartPotato is two word and the P in potato would not be capitalized.

          • LeddenTechnologies

            on 09/01/2011 -

            Really your gonna attack grammar as a basis of your point on a site for Sports…Wow!!! STFU about puncuation and grammar if i want that i can go on youtube or write a paper for psych class. Trust me i can’t write a paper to save my life but i can manage 170+ computers, 17 servers, 5 backup libraries, and 6 remote sites. So if grammar and punction, to you, is a reflection of smarts i feel sorry..When i’m 61 i hope i can do 3/4 of what i do now lol

        • Tom Mercer

          on 09/01/2011 - Reply

          Sally.
          That was good and you are so correct.
          He is standing on the side lines during the game and i bet he is watching the Cheer leaders more then the game, i know i would be..
          Oops, time to kick, that only takes a few seconds then back to the real close up views.
          Take care.

  8. faulkneralum

    on 09/01/2011 - Reply

    Way to go Faulkner U and Alan Moore. I stopped the sport I loved and participated in college 20 years ago and have started back 1 year ago Aug 20th. I feel the pain of exercise now but it is great to see the faces on some of the young people when I fly past them…my motto “run old man run”

    • Tom Mercer

      on 09/01/2011 - Reply

      Hi Guys.
      The young guys can barely hit the head after playing there Video games..
      I got out of Army Boot camp in 1971 and the 2 PT test i took i ran the mile in 4:09 and 4:07, back then the world record was in the 3:50′s, so not to bad, the speed guys would come out and jump pretty good the first 100 yds but at the end of the mile i would be at least 100 yds away from the 2nd place man..I just turned 57 and ran a little local deal and pulled a 4:55 on my first mile, not to bad for the age, the guys now coming out of boot really have a hard time breaking 7:00 mins, unreal..You have to get into the special forces guys to see any who really have any endurance in the running..Just to many couch potatoes..Take care all and good luck to 61 yr old kicker, i hope he sets the distance record, that would be good.

      • Megan

        on 09/01/2011 - Reply

        Great Story 61 Year old Kicker
        Michael Vick Sucks This Guy #1.

        • Onyxx

          on 09/08/2011 - Reply

          What does Michael Vick have to do with this? We spend too much time on the problems of a few NFL players, instead of focusing on this great, human interst, story. Keep your eye on the ball!! This is great and we should applaud the player. We should not focus on NFL issues; whether gangsters are black, white, blue, yellow or pink or even play in the NFL, or grammatical errors.

  9. Bob

    on 09/01/2011 - Reply

    Way to go you 2 and to all the other men and women who shoot for their dreams, wether in their 20′s or in these 2 guy’s the later part of their lives. What these guys are doing is great I played sports both football and baseball in school. never played football past high school to compete with players 2 third their age and do well is a feat most can never do. As for the dick’s that lump all the pro players as Gang members or over prices theives, well maybe some are but you need to look at the whole picture most are good family members and do great work in their communitys .

    • SmartPotato

      on 09/01/2011 - Reply

      20s… and “guys”

      • Joseph

        on 09/01/2011 - Reply

        Alright it’s getting old SmartPotato. If you’re so freaking smart why aren’t you out doing research to cure cancer or developing some fantastic engineering designs? You probably have an associates degree or a BA in English from some crummy university and you feel that somehow coming on here and pointing out grammatical errors gives meaning to your life? If you’re truly smart then you’re better than this, get a meaningful job and a life.

      • Stevie L.

        on 09/01/2011 - Reply

        You are no more than a jack off – jerk off.
        Mama should’ve swallowed.

      • Chris Harris

        on 09/01/2011 - Reply

        “oops”. Kinda over shot that one!!

      • samo davis

        on 09/01/2011 - Reply

        SmartPotato, give it a rest with punctuation. You’re starting to sound awfully bitter.

  10. Old Fart

    on 09/01/2011 - Reply

    Does Anyone know if his jock strap will fit over his Depends? Sorry ass excuse for a man to shower with young men!!

    • TLC6331

      on 09/01/2011 - Reply

      Is that the reason you would want to “join the team”? Just to shower with young men and maybe “borrow” some vaseline from the medico’s locker. You’re a sick sick man Old Fart.

  11. sam

    on 09/01/2011 - Reply

    at 50 while i was getting masters at Adelphi U. i played volleyball with them. i quit after realizing they couldn’t play at my level.I played volleyball since high school.

  12. Shirl

    on 09/01/2011 - Reply

    Thank him for serving this country first. How in your mind no matter what the age can you give this dude crap for following his dream. He could have came back from the war that gave him the right to dream seriously messed up but he did not give up. He served for you and put his goals aside for you! (REALLY) Age is just a number it does not mean anything. I have seen some 50-60 year olds that are more fit and in tune with their bodies then alot of 20 year old.

    The guy has courage that is for sure.

    Good Luck

  13. Samsquatch

    on 09/01/2011 - Reply

    I think most people enjoy nachos.

    • Todd-P-Peter

      on 09/01/2011 - Reply

      I think you make a very good point. Nachos are delicious.

  14. Marsha Arsenian

    on 09/01/2011 - Reply

    Samsquatch and Todd — love you guys…………..and nachos too!! LLLLOL

    • Todd-P-Peter

      on 09/01/2011 - Reply

      Hmm, well whats not to love. Im delicious just like nachos. ;)

  15. Bubbles from SunnyVale

    on 09/01/2011 - Reply

    Samsquatch, funny you bring up nachos. I have been feeding them to my tabby kitty all morning! She love’s nachos as much as I love kitties.

  16. WhoCarez

    on 09/01/2011 - Reply

    He made the team as a kicker. That doesnt count!

    • LegalEaglett

      on 09/01/2011 - Reply

      Dare you to tell that to George Blanda, or Jan Stenerud.

  17. samsquatch

    on 09/01/2011 - Reply

    Bubbles, your tabby’s love nachos because all creatures love them. Except giraffes, they tend to be self centered and selfish. Always looking out for number one. Giraffes! Damn!

    • Bubbles from SunnyVale

      on 09/01/2011 - Reply

      Samsquatch you’re a wellspring of knowledge today. I was unaware of that little known fact about giraffes. I’d be proud to host a summit meeting with my tabby’s, the giraffes, and the always-blurry, samsquatch. We can discuss our affection for nachos and counsel the giraffes so he can refrain from his selfish ways.

      -Bubbles

      • samsquatch

        on 09/01/2011 - Reply

        Bubbles, I like the cut of your jib. I believe sasquatch is naturally blurry and that’s why people’s pictures of him are blurry. I’m not a wealth of knowlege, more like a minimum wage of knowlege. Anyway, Nachos, Sasquatch and Giraffes… enough said!

        • Bubbles from SunnyVale

          on 09/01/2011 - Reply

          If you don’t mind I’ll invite my friends Ricky and Julian to help make the summit extra “classy.”

  18. SmartPotato

    on 09/01/2011 - Reply

    “its roster” not “it’s”

    • Mr. Joshua

      on 09/01/2011 - Reply

      SmartPotato….you are definitely making this forum a better place to learn grammar and punctuation. By chance are you a tutor of some sort, or just a friendly English teacher? Anyhow, please keep the lessons coming.

      • SmartPotato

        on 09/01/2011 - Reply

        Yes, and yes… :)

        Some people spent too much time with sports instead of spelling… I pretty much need to duck out of this forum since it’s atrocious!

        • SmartPotato

          on 09/01/2011 - Reply

          Proud of the old guy… he accomplished a dream, which many of us cannot claim.

        • Barry Gordy

          on 09/01/2011 - Reply

          SmartPotato if your spelling is so superior to others on the site, then why did you not recognize the misspelling of thieves a few post back???

          • Chris Harris

            on 09/01/2011 -

            SmartPotato isn’t as ‘smart’ as he claims and by no means as smart as most have given credit. Look at his sentence structure… he misses, badly!

      • samo davis

        on 09/01/2011 - Reply

        Don’t encourage SmartPotato. For them to focus on everybodys small mistakes such as puntuation it makes me realize that SmartPotatoes own life must be full of mistakes and inadequacies.

  19. samsquatch

    on 09/01/2011 - Reply

    Like I mentioned earlier, I believe most people like nachos. I’m sure your pals Julian and Ricky will too. Go Nachos!

  20. happycamper

    on 09/01/2011 - Reply

    All I have to say is COOL you go boy!!!

  21. OMO

    on 09/01/2011 - Reply

    OUTSTANDING! GOOD LUCK AND GOD SPEED. HATERS BEWARE.

  22. Mr Lehey

    on 09/01/2011 - Reply

    What the hell did I stumble into? Old kickers….Giraffes…..Nachos….Smart potatoes….spelling lessons…..tabby cats……haters…sasquatch…..good thing i drink heavy!

    • Todd-P-Peter

      on 09/01/2011 - Reply

      Go ahead and admit it. Nachos really are delish. Sometimes I just like to sit back and eat a whole plate of them, but other times I like to just have a couple. It really depends on the mood Im in. And do even get me started when it comes to the salsa that I like. I could go on and on forever. But without a doubt, there must be a lot of salsa involved and I dont mean in the sick sexual way that you use it.

  23. TAJustice

    on 09/01/2011 - Reply

    It takes courage to pursue and accomplish one’s dreams…because one never “lives” until they do. So what does that say about the rest of us that don’t??

  24. Hello

    on 09/01/2011 - Reply

    Walked on to NMSU at 21 and I felt extremely old on that team, and I was only two to three years older then the freshman that started the same time as me. I can’t imagine what he feels like.

  25. Bubbles from SunnyVale

    on 09/01/2011 - Reply

    Mr Lehey,

    No one invited you hear. Go back to your trailer with your douchebag assistant Randy.

    • Bubbles from SunnyVale

      on 09/01/2011 - Reply

      Sorry about my typo. My kitty stepped on the keyboard. Mr Lehey, who invited you here?

  26. Dinosaur Thirteen

    on 09/01/2011 - Reply

    Go get ‘em! I’ll be rooting for you. I am also 61, and I play hockey (defenseman) in a league where the second-oldest player is in his early 30′s…and to get into the league, you had to play pro, major college, or major junior hockey. Just because your birth certificate is old, it doesn’t mean that you are!

  27. Jack

    on 09/01/2011 - Reply

    Way to go Alan, Hoooah!

  28. wizardlip

    on 09/01/2011 - Reply

    He is to be respected for his military service. He is to be admired for being a STUDENT at any age, especially, age 61. He is to be acknowledged for his acheivement and excellence at a sport at his age which is rare.
    I do all of the above. Kudos!

  29. Todd-P-Peter

    on 09/01/2011 - Reply

    How did we get so far off the subject? Can we get back to talking about Nachos and how wonderful they are?

  30. Todd-P-Peter

    on 09/01/2011 - Reply

    How did we get so far off the subject? Can we get back to talking about cheese and chips and how wonderful they are?

  31. Todd-P-Peter

    on 09/01/2011 - Reply

    How did we get so far off the subject? Can we get back to talking about Nacho and how wonderful they are?

  32. Mike Graves

    on 09/01/2011 - Reply

    I’m 61, have beat cancer and facing heart surgery in 3 days. These guys REALLY pump me up. Please keep it up and ignore the ones you know you should.

  33. Steve

    on 09/01/2011 - Reply

    Faulkner, my new favorite college football team!

  34. Frogger

    on 09/01/2011 - Reply

    Rock on, Alan! I think it’s awesome that not only is he completing his college education but also playing football! Dude has got spirit!!!!

  35. WearsAHelmetToBed

    on 09/01/2011 - Reply

    YAY Pudding

  36. 7Cities

    on 09/01/2011 - Reply

    -Alan, thank you for your service to the country. Success be upon you with academics. Have fun on the field! You inspire MANY

    -Ken, VERY IMPRESSIVE. You inspire others as well. Much success to you in school as well.

    -”gangstahata” a more appropriate statement would have been to WARN Mr. Moore about college boosters and “friends” of the programs. They have brought corruption into collegiate athletics (btw, they are a different form of “gangsta”, the ones who don’t make the news and wear suits…and have better lawyers to keep them out of jail) Furthermore, I watch pro sports to be entertained, I do not care about their appearances or criminal records. Parents should be role models for children not people who are on T.V. and make millions. Don’t watch the NFL if you are jealous….it makes you look like a female dog

  37. Josh Closser

    on 09/01/2011 - Reply

    I came for the article and ended up getting a comedy show of comments :P win win

  38. CWO

    on 09/01/2011 - Reply

    Over 58,000 of his Viet Nam battle buddies won’t be at the game, but they’ll be cheering for him just as much as the rest of us………………1st Marine Division, Viet Nam 1967-68

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