Knowshon Moreno’s Biography & journey to becoming an NFL player

Despite the NFL odds not being in his favor after he joined the Miami Dolphins, Knowshon Moreno was a successful football player with an interesting history.

Born in the Bronx in 1987, Knowshon Moreno’s pre-teen years were tough. His parents were unmarried teenagers when they had him, andwere too poor to provide a stable living situation. He moved between homeless shelters and dilapidated apartments with his father, never settling in anywhere for more than a few weeks. Eventually his maternal grandmother stepped in and sued to gain custody, bringing the young Moreno to live with her in New Jersey.

This is where his football journey began. He began playing the sport at Middletown High School South,where he registered some impressive personal statistics and helped his team to three Central Jersey Group III championships.

In addition to Moreno’s football prowess, he was also excellent at track and field while in high school. He competed in the 100m sprint, long jump and triple jump, winning state titles in 2005 in all three disciplines.

 

Knowshon Moreno Short Biography

First NameKnowshon
NameKnowshon Moreno
Complete Family NameKnowshon Moreno
Born1987
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Birth PlaceBronx
Nationality / CountryAmerican
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Popular AsNFL player
OccupationNFL player
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Collegiate football career

Morenostarted college at Georgia University in 2006, but chose to redshirt in his first year, so 2007 was his first on-field season with the Georgia Bulldogs, with Mark Richt as his head coach.Richt himself was once with the Denver Broncos and played behind John Elway.

In the season opener, Moreno was the starting running back against Oklahoma State. He rushed on 12 carries and totaled 70 yards in his team’s 35-14 victory. For the next game, against South Carolina, Moreno had 14 carries over 104 yards. The team, however, lost 12-16.

Moreno continued to improve his performances and in the 2007 season’s first 10 weeks, he was named SEC Offensive Player of the Week on one occasion and was three times named SEC Freshman of the Week.

Subsequently, he was named to the All-Freshman SEC team and was named Freshman Offensive Player of the Year by Sporting News.

Professional NFL Career

After a successful sophomore season, Moreno entered the NFL draft for 2009 where he was considered to be the best available running back. He then signed endorsement deals with Hexpad equipment and McDavidUSA.

The Denver Broncos drafted Moreno and he took on the number 27 jersey, gaining permission from Darrent Williams’ mother after the 24-year-old had been killed in a drive-by shooting. He signed a five-year contract worth over $18 million.

Moreno’s first touchdown in his NFL career was in a game against the Oakland Raiders after a seven-yard run. His first season with the Broncos saw him achieve 947 rushing yards, 213 receiving yards, seven rushing touchdowns, and two receiving touchdowns.

Things weren’t always easy for Moreno and in the 2011 season, he tore his ACL in a game against the Kansas City Chiefs which ruled him out for the rest of the season. Though he returned for the 2012 season, a fumble in his second game got him benched and he remained a healthy scratch for the next eight weeks.

Moreno made a positive comeback in the 2013 season, during whichhe looked like a transformed player. A DUI charge in 2012 might have been the wake-up call he needed, and he seemed to have greater focus and maturity in 2013.He became the first player from the Denver Broncos to rush more than 1,000 yards and receive more than 500 yards in one season. As a result, the team reached the Super Bowl(where they lost against the Seattle Seahawks).

Tears before the game

Moreno is famous for being captured on TV shedding huge tearsat the end of the national anthem, before a Broncos-Chiefs game in 2014.

When asked about those tears, Moreno told Sports Illustrated: “During the anthem it’s always quiet and still, so I take in the moment and say a little prayer. Usually there’s no camera on me. I thank the Lord for letting me play the game. I thank Him for everything. I run through my whole life right there at that moment. Even the bad stuff.”

Miami Dolphins and the end of his career

In 2014, Moreno signed a one-year contract worth $6 million with the Miami Dolphins. However, it wasn’t long before he dislocated his elbow and was out of the game for a few weeks. He returned in Week 6 for a game against the Green Bay Packers, but he tore his ACL again, which ended his season and, effectively, his NFL career.

In 2019 he posted on his Instagram that he’s now working as a realtor in Denver.

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