Perhaps if it was as easy to make a living in track and field as it is in professional football, Brian Moorman wouldn’t be spending these later-summer weeks in a Rooney Hall dorm room at St. Vincent College.
After all, Moorman was merely an All-America selection for NCAA Division II for football. In track and field, he’s a Hall of Famer.
“I still love to run,” Moorman said between Pittsburgh Steelers training camp workouts Sunday. “Even when I’m retired, I wouldn’t mind maybe signing up for a track meet or two.”
Moorman has no plans to retire anytime soon. For the first time since 2000, he’s in an NFL camp other than that of the Buffalo Bills. At 37, he’s seven years removed from the second of being honored as the NFL’s All Pro punter in consecutive seasons.
“I honestly feel like I kick better now than I did then,” Moorman said. “I feel like I could still be 23. Really. I don’t feel any older.”
Ironic, because Moorman is competing for a job with a player who became the Steelers’ punter as a 23-year-old last season. Moorman, a three-time national champion in the 400-meter hurdles while at Pittsburg (Kan.) State, is out to “hurdle” Drew Butler on the Steelers’ punting depth chart.
“To me, it’s not about competing so much against a guy; I’m just going out and competing against myself every day to get better and make sure I’m doing what I know I’m capable of doing,” said Moorman, who punted the final 12 games of last season for the Dallas Cowboys after being released during the first month of his 12th season with the Bills. “Nobody can be a bigger critic of me than me — and I know that’s probably a cliche, but truth be told that’s just how it is.”
His gross punting average last season (44.8) was the fourth-best of his career and better than the combined average of the 2005 and ‘06 seasons in which he was first-team All Pro