Ironman Moore ponders last home game

December, 22, 2012
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Brandon Moore has a hunch Sunday might be his last home game as a member of the Jets. He wants to focus on the Chargers, but the thought has crossed his mind.

The veteran guard, the longest-tenured player on offense, will be a free agent. The Jets are headed for a tumultuous offseason, and there are no guarantees.

"We haven't had any conversations," Moore said, meaning with the front office. "There are a lot of things going on around here. If I go off what's happened so far, I probably won't be back."

Asked if he wants to return to the Jets, Moore said, "This is all I know. It's home for me, but I'll definitely explore all options."

Moore has had a remarkable career. He was an undrafted defensive lineman out of Illinois, made the switch to offense and caught on with the Jets in 2003. He was discovered by former OL coach Doug Marrone, the current Syracuse coach, who always told Moore that he'd outlast everybody and would carry the flag on the field when the new stadium opened in 2010. Marrone was right.

Moore has started 135 consecutive games, the most of any offensive lineman in the NFL. He's like an old pick-up truck, rugged and dependable. He made the Pro Bowl last season, a long-overdue honor.

He has played for four line coaches, three head coaches and two general managers. During his time on the line, the Jets have made four playoff appearances -- 2004, 2006, 2009 and 2010. He was part of the fantastic line in '09, when it led the league in rushing and dominated at the line.

Teammate D'Brickashaw Ferguson, who has made 110 consecutive starts, praised Moore's professionalism -- a "pro's pro," he called him. He said Moore prepares, mentally and physically, as well as anybody he knows.

"His work on the field is a testament to what he's doing when nobody is watching," Ferguson said. "If people were to emulate what he did, I think the standard would rise."

Moore said he'll be too focused on the game to engage in any special reflection.

"I'll enjoy running out of the tunnel like I always do," he said. "I always have moments where I say to myself, 'Where else would you rather be? You're living your dream and a lot of other people's dreams.' Those will be my thoughts."

Fittingly, Moore was named Friday the Jets' Walter Payton Man of the Year. The Payton award recognizes excellence in community service. He's eligible to win the national Payton award, which will be presented at the Super Bowl.

Rich Cimini

ESPN New York Jets reporter

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