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Eric Peterson, Published August 20 2010

Where are they now? Ex-Dragon Moore still really into books

Grover Moore’s name still graces the Minnesota State Moorhead football record book, so it’s only fitting the former star running back has carved out a career in publishing.

“I’d never thought I would be in publishing,” said Moore, who is the Dragons career rushing leader. “I knew I would be in business because that was my major.”

The 34-year-old Moore lives in Austin, Texas, with wife, Dayana, and 4-year-old son, Grover Thomas Moore III.

“I’m an Austin-ite and I couldn’t wait to get back home,” Moore said.

Moore played for the Dragons from 1995-98 and finished his career 4,059 rushing yards. Moore also holds the school’s single game rushing record with 305 yards, setting that standard vs. Minnesota-Morris in 1997. Moore rushed for more than 200 yards six times during his career.

“When I look back, it’s the guys, just having fun,” Moore said.

Moore said for the last 10 years he has worked for Houghton Mifflin Harcourt and currently works in sales for the publishing company. Moore said he played semi-professional football for a few years after his playing days for the Dragons.

“I still have my speed though,” Moore said with a laugh. “I stayed in the weight room.”

Moore – who was a 5-foot-8, 180-pound lightning bolt when he played for the Dragons – said football and his faith have helped him mature and develop as a person.

“I wasn’t always the best actor, the best character, coming into college,” Moore said.

“I think football helps you with life. It helps you deal with things. It helps you know how to channel your energy. It helps you learn teamwork.”

Moore is already starting to pass along his athletic wisdom to his son.

“Him and I we go out and do father son time and I go out to the track and work him out,” Moore said. “He loves to be with his dad. I’m already working him out a little bit just to get him going. Who knows? We’ll see.”

Moore said if his son ends up playing football, Grover III could wind up on the other side of the football.

“He likes to play rough, he may be on defense,” Moore said, laughing. “I don’t know if he is going to play offense like his dad.”