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Moore takes Cowboys' offer, wonders if phone service cost him on draft day

Tech receiver gets shot with hometown team

Posted: May 3, 2013 - 12:47am  |  Updated: May 4, 2013 - 12:38am
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Darrin Moore was shocked and disappointed when his cell phone remained silent through the final afternoon of the NFL draft and into the evening.

Not even a ring?

“Not even a ring,” the former Texas Tech wide receiver said.

Moore’s still not sure if he was simply deemed not good enough by NFL teams or if maybe he was a victim of bad timing. On Thursday night, hours after he accepted a minicamp invitation from the Dallas Cowboys — which he’s thrilled with, by the way — he wondered if he’d missed a shot with another team five days before.

“Come to find out, one of the Sprint towers was down near my house,” Moore said, relating Saturday’s events. “I couldn’t receive calls or make any calls. Even if a team did call me, I wouldn’t have got it. That’s stressful if I missed out on a call.”

Moore had a productive senior season for Tech, catching 92 passes for 1,032 yards and 13 touchdowns. No one projected him as more than a late pick or a free agent, but no calls at all seemed strange, too.

NFL teams each dial a bundle of potential free agents during the final day of the draft, before the selections conclude.

Teammates such as safety Cody Davis, quarterback Seth Doege and offensive tackle LaAdrian Waddle each had multiple free-agent offers from which to choose, having to make up their minds shortly after the draft concluded on Saturday.

“The last hour of the draft is really hectic, because all of the free-agent deals are done within a half hour,” said Davis, who had 11 offers. “My phone was going crazy, and I was trying to figure everything out on the fly and make a decision.”

Moore said his agent called Saturday morning and they discussed worse-case scenarios if he didn’t get drafted. After that, he didn’t realize anything was amiss until about an hour after the draft when he began receiving text messages from friends, some wondering why he hadn’t responded to them.

“With me not answering the phone, (teams) could have easily gone down their list and picked who they wanted next,” Moore said. “It’s still a mystery if I got a call or not.”

In any event, Moore’s wait ended Thursday with an invitation from the Cowboys, his hometown team, to attend minicamp. He reports next Thursday.

Naturally, for someone who graduated from Irving MacArthur, having a chance to suit up with the Cowboys is a dream scenario. Moore said his room at his mother’s house is “Cowboys wallpaper, Cowboys pictures.”

In two games at Cowboys Stadium the last two years against Baylor, he caught 19 passes for 260 yards and four touchdowns.

“I feel great about the opportunity,” he said. “The draft was pretty stressful. Everybody wants to get their name called. Unfortunately, that didn’t happen to me. At the time, I was expecting at least a call after the draft or a free-agent signing, and that didn’t happen. I’ve been working, and I’m glad to get the opportunity now.”

Moore’s offer was for minicamp only. That means he’ll go in on a make-good basis, trying to convince the Cowboys in a matter of days that he’s worth taking to preseason camp in July.

“I feel like I’m just as good as a lot of players who got drafted and players who signed free-agent deals,” Moore said. “I’m going there with a chip on my shoulder. I’ve got something to prove to the world, to the Cowboys, to everybody.”

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I could have told him that his phone company stinks.

Switched from them long ago due to poor coverage areas. Good luck Darrin.

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Did teams have his agent's phone number?

Duh.

And/or this would make a good Sprint commercial.

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a new one

Many excuses surround the athletic department! "We got beat because the referee, umpire, etc. hosed us". We lost because we are a young and inexperienced team". "It's too hard to throw the ball in that wind". "I wasn't drafted because a cell phone tower was down near my house". Duh, you think it might have something to do with a lack of talent?? An invite to a minicamp for cryin' out loud is were you go when you are average and can be used as a tackling dummy so the regulars and draftees don't have to. If you make it out alive, you MIGHT end up on the taxi squad, right Harell? No wait, he's off the taxi squad and a forever backup.

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Wichita65!

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Oh, and that "forever backup" you're jealous about...yeah he's making a NFL league minimum salary (which is probably more than what you and I make combined).

It's ok though, Haters hate....you can't help it....it's just who you are.

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Yeah they're too expensive

Yeah they're too expensive

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They are !!

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Anyone who tells you that margarine/sweetener/fluoride is healthier than butter/sugar/water is taking advantage of one born every minute.

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