September 11, 2011 in Sports

A granddad debut in college football

 

A 61-year-old Vietnam veteran and grandfather became the oldest player ever to get in a college football game.

Alan Moore kicked an extra point for Faulkner in its season-opener on Saturday in Montgomery, Ala. Moore wore a square-toe shoe and kicked old-school style, not soccer style – trends that were popular when he first played college football in the late ’60s.

He gave Faulkner a 25-0 lead en route to a 41-19 win over Ave Maria.

“It’s not about me, and it’s not about being old. It’s about the team,” Moore said before hugging his grandkids at midfield after the game.

Moore replaces Tom Thompson as the oldest football player to get in a game, according to College Football Hall of Fame historian Kent Stephens. Thompson was also 61 when he kicked off once at NCAA Division III Austin College in 2009, but Moore has the age edge by a couple of months. – AP


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