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Iowa football honorary captain Tom Moore: An NFL coach of distinction

Moore was an Iowa senior quarterback in 1960

Tom Moore and Bruce Arians, last year when Arians was the Arizona Cardinals’ head coach and Moore was an assistant head coach. (Joe Camporeale/USA TODAY Sports)
Tom Moore and Bruce Arians, last year when Arians was the Arizona Cardinals’ head coach and Moore was an assistant head coach. (Joe Camporeale/USA TODAY Sports)

I like that Iowa dips into different generations for its honorary football captains.

In the same season, you can have Julian Vandervelde (a Hawkeye senior in 2010) and someone who was a senior on Iowa’s team 50 years before him.

This weekend, it’s Tom Moore, who was a quarterback and kicker for the Hawkeyes in 1959 and 1960, when they went 13-5. Moore is a Mount Pleasant native who has had quite the football life.

Naming every stop on his resume is exhausting, let alone listing the successes.

Moore, 79, has three Super Bowl rings, two with the Pittsburgh Steelers and one with the Indianapolis Colts. Here is where he coached:

College

Iowa (graduate assistant) 1961-62

Dayton 1965-68

Wake Forest 1969

Georgia Tech 1970-71

Minnesota 1972-73 and 1975-76

NFL

Pittsburgh Steelers 1977-89 (offensive coordinator from 1983-89)

Minnesota Vikings (assistant head coach) 1990-93

Detroit Lions (offensive coordinator) 1994-96

New Orleans Saints 1997

Indianapolis Colts (offensive coordinator from 1998-2008) 1998-2010

New York Jets (offensive consultant) 2011

Tennessee Titans (offensive consultant) 2012

Arizona Cardinals (assistant head coach) 2013-17

Moore was inducted into the Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame in 2014 in recognition of his 13 seasons with the Steelers. He was recognized as part of the 2015 class for the Paul “Dr. Z” Zimmerman Award by the Pro Football Writers Association, recognizing lifetime achievements as an assistant coach in the NFL.

This sounds like a Kirk Ferentz guy, doesn’t it?

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