Warren Moon’s stats standout among other quarterbacks in National Football League (NFL). However, the achievements from his 17-year NFL career showcase a man’s determination and grit to achieve his goal. Moon became the first player inducted into both the Canadian Football Hall of Fame and the NFL Hall of Fame. He is the first undrafted player, and the first modern African American quarterback inducted into the NFL Hall of Fame. Though his path to achieving success was unconventional, Warren Moon’s stats speak for themselves.
As an undrafted quarterback from the University of Washington, Moon played five years in the Canadian Football League (CFL) for the Edmonton Eskimos before heading to the NFL. In the CFL Moon’s stats were impressive, leading him to the league’s Most Valuable Player award his final season with the Eskimos. He led his team to five consecutive Grey Cup victories. Moon was the Offensive Most Valuable Player in the 1980 and 1982 games. He’s listed as the #5 greatest player in CFL history.
Upon entering the NFL, Moon signed with the Houston Oilers in 1984. His first year in the league he threw for a team record 3,338 yards as the team began utilizing his strong arm, and Moon began to excel as an NFL quarterback. The Oilers instituted the run and shoot offense, which seemed to be a perfect fit for Moon. In 1989, Moon was named the NFL Walter Payton Man of the Year, and the following year he was named AP Offensive Player of the Year and the UPI AFL-AFC Offensive MVP.
Statistically, 1990 was Moon’s best year as a NFL quarterback. He owned a quarterback rating of 96.8% for the year and completed 62% of his passes. Moon threw for career high 33 touchdowns that season, while throwing only 13 interceptions. He led the Oilers to a wildcard playoff loss against the Cincinnati Bengals.
Moon played for the Oilers for 10 seasons before shuffling around with the Minnesota Vikings, Seattle Seahawks and Kansas City Chiefs. He retired from football in 2001 after a 17-year career. At the time of his retirement, Moon ranked third all-time in NFL passing yards and fourth in touchdown passes. During his NFL career, Moon made nine pro-bowl appearances, and was the Pro Bowl MVP in 1997. His familiar number 1 jersey was retired by the Tennessee Titans in 1996. Moon’s legacy as a quarterback both in the CFL and NFL is immortalized in the numbers he posted:
Warren Moon’s stats (CFL & NFL):
o 5,357 pass completions for 70,553 yards
o 9,205 pass attempts
o 435 touchdowns
Warren Moon’s NFL Stats:
o 3,988 pass completions for 49,325 yards
o 291 passing touchdowns
o 1,736 rushing yards and 22 rushing touchdowns
o A career quarterback rating of 80.9%
o 233 career interceptions