A 2006 Hall Of Famer, a nine time pro bowler who passed for 291 TD’s and passed for almost 50,000 yards in his pro career. A former NFL QB, Warren Moon began his career with the Houston Oilers, and played for the Minnesota Vikings, Seattle Seahawks, and finished with the Kansas City Chiefs.
Moon is quarterbacking for a new team with the GEANCO Foundation, as they tackle and address solutions for medical and education programs in Nigeria. This foundation works to provide a quality life for many youth and adults that are less fortunate in that country.
Warren discussed several topics that surrounded his involvement with GEANCO Foundation and shared his thoughts on many players in the NFL.
Nick Hamilton (NH): What intrigued you about the GEANCO Foundation enough for you to want to be apart of the organization?
Warren Moon (WM): I was approached my good friend Ronnie Lott who I’ve known for many years. He called me over a year ago and I looked over the foundation, and read their mission statement. Now I’m glad I got involved with this cause and I am apart of this years fundraiser. It was about just raising awareness of the foundation to friends of mine and those who are in the business community as well as to those who are in the sports community. I’ve always tried to lend my support to worth while causes, and I feel you should use your celebrity to help with worldwide causes and help them gain exposure.
NH: With all of the great work that foundation does in Nigeria, many in the U.S. say we need to address issues here. What do you say to those who may be hesitant to lend their support to this cause?
WM: We do have a lot of problems in this country, and people feeling that way it is a legitimate concern. However we also have look out for our neighbors and people worldwide, especially African Americans because that is the motherland, that’s where our ancestry comes from. Where our homes are and we want to make sure that people all over this country and this world are getting the same opportunities to live. I do an enormous amount of charity work in this country for many people, I also have the where with all to lend my support to those organizations who happen to do work in various countries. This foundation really strikes home with me because I am African American, and this is in Africa and I want to see what I can do improve conditions and make them better than what they are now.
NH: You have never been one to shy away from voicing what you stand for and what you believe in. In the last 2 season we have seen the emergence of QB’s like RGIII, Russell Wilson, Andrew Luck, and now this year we have Geno Smith, EJ Manuel, and Matt Barkley what QB intrigues you the most?
WM: EJ Manuel has always intrigued me as I have followed his career – he’s a very intelligent guy. He played 5 years at Florida State under a pro friendly type of offense, and has great stature being 6-foot-4, 6-foot-5 with all the making of being a good NFL quarterback. Now it’s just a matter of getting the experience and I think Buffalo took a chance on a guy they really believed in, where many didn’t think he was first round material. I thought he was first round worthy based upon the things I just talked about, so all he [Manuel] has to do is live up to it.
NH: Your thoughts on New York Jets QB Geno Smith and do you see him as a starter in this league?
WM: I think he has a chance to be a starter in this league…and I think very early, probably earlier than he needs to be. I think year of him watching would benefit Geno Smith. Being in New York where Mark Sanchez isn’t the entrenched guy anymore, cause of his struggles the he’s had the previous two years. There is a chance that Geno if not by opening day, could be start early into the season if Sanchez doesn’t play well. I do think Geno could use more grooming before he’s put out on the field in New York.
NH: We all have watch the tremendous play of Colin Kaepernick how he has placed the Niners on his shoulders. How far do you see him going in his career?
WM: Kaepernick has a tremendous gift…another guy who was a second rounder and exceeding expectations in this league. He reminds me of what EJ [Manuel] can do this year in the league. Kaepernick has played really good football and is playing on a good team which helps a young quarterback, with a great defense and running game. He’s able to go out there and play his game. He has a huge upside and if he continues to keep working the way he has the last two years, he can be one of the great ones.
NH: You’ve played the bulk of your career with the Houston Oilers, do you still have your #1 jersey?
WM: I still have it and I wont ever give up that number 1. I wore it everywhere I played in college, in Canada, and in the NFL. That is something I am very proud of.
Along with the great things this foundation is doing in the country of Nigeria and all the press it gets. The more press and attention this cause gets, the more it helps those who are in need.
Warren Moon looks to travel to Nigeria at some point soon with the GEANCO Foundation to look at the facilities, and meet the people that benefit from the foundation.
Moon is looking forward to seeing the lavish and impoverished lifestyles in order to have a balanced sense of what the vibe of the country is like for him.
For more information on the GEANCO Foundation: www.geanco.org