Moseley's retired SFA number active again
Nacogdoches, TX (Sports Network) - Former NFL kicking great Mark Moseley has done something rare by allowing his retired No. 10 jersey number to be worn again at his alma mater, Stephen F. Austin.
For the first time since the early 1980s, the number will be worn by a Lumberjacks player, incoming freshman quarterback Joe Minden from Coppell, Texas.
Moseley's jersey will remain retired, but the number will be activated.
"It was a great honor to know that Stephen F. Austin thought enough of my career there, and then what I did in the NFL to want to retire my number," Moseley said. "I take great pride in that. I hope that the number will carry with it the respect and integrity in how I tried to carry myself."
"I never planned on wearing the number," said Minden, who had the number as a high school junior and senior. "I knew it was Mark's number and that it was retired, so I understood that I wouldn't have the number. Then Coach (J.C.) Harper called me and told me I was going to be able to wear it. I can't thank Mark enough for this honor."
Moseley spent 16 seasons in the NFL. He remains the Washington Redskins' all- time leading scorer (1,207 points) and the only kicker to win the NFL's Most Valuable Player award in 1982. He is known as the league's last straight-on kicker, concluding his career with 1,382 points.
"I hope the young man that wears the number will understand that it is more than just a number," Moseley said. "There is a level of respect that goes with the number. He needs to be a leader on the team and an example for others. I take great pride in the opportunities that I had while at SFA as well as the opportunities I received later as a professional athlete and in business due to my time at SFA."
SFA won its second straight Southland Conference title and finished with a 9-3 record and the No. 8 ranking in The Sports Network/Fathead.com FCS Top 25 last season. The Lumberjacks open their 2011 season by hosting McMurry on Sept. 1.
06/17 16:06:47 ET