MORE ABOUT MEWELDE MOORE
In 2005, Moore enjoyed a breakout year of production as a rusher, receiver and return man. He was the only player in the NFL to score by rush, reception and punt return in 2005. He became only the 2nd Viking to score a rushing, receiving and punt return TD, joining Pro Football Hall of Famer Hugh McElhenny in 1961. Moore posted the 9th punt return TD in Vikings history with a 71-yard TD at the New York Giants in the Vikings win. The 71-yard punt return TD was the 6th longest punt return TD in team history and 8th-long overall punt return. Moore was part of an NFL-record setting day in Giants Stadium as he joined Koren Robinson (kickoff return TD) and Darren Sharper (INT return TD) to become the only team in NFL history to score all 3 ways in a game. Moore ranked 2nd in the NFC and 3rd in the NFL with an 11.7 yard average on punt returns. Moores 11.7 average was the 4th-best in Vikings history. Moore became the highest-ranked Vikings punt returner (3rd in NFL) since 1997 when David Palmer was 3rd in the League. Moore led team in rushing (662 yards), punt returns (245 yards) and was 3rd on team in receptions (37). Moore broke the 100-yard rushing mark twice on the season with 101 vs. New Orleans and 122 at Green Bay. The 122 yards at Green Bay on Monday Night Football made him the 4th Vikings RB to break 100 yards on Monday Night. Moore was honored along with cornerback Dovonte Edwards for the Monday Night Green Bay game by being put on ABC's “Horse Trailer”. Moore scored his 1st NFL TD vs. Green Bay as part of a 2nd-half comeback, catching a 14-yard pass from Daunte Culpepper that put the Vikings up 20-17 after trailing 0-17 at halftime. Moore's TD with 3:10 left in the game gave the Vikings the lead in the contest before future Viking Ryan Longwell hit a 39-yard FG with :24 to play for a 20-17 Green Bay lead before Vikings kicker Paul Edinger connected on a team-record 56-yard field goal as time expired for a 23-20 win. Moore scored his 1st rushing TD in Carolina on a short 4-yard rush. He scored his 2nd receiving TD of his career in season finale vs. Chicago on a 7-yard pass from Brad Johnson.
In 2006, Moore led the team with a 10.1 punt return average and tied for 2nd on the team with a career-high 46 receptions. Moored ranked 4th in the NFC in punt return average. He joined Nate Burleson as the only Vikings in team history to return a punt for a TD on in Monday Night game with his 71-yard return against the New England Patriots. With the return Moore joined David Palmer to become only the 2nd player in franchise history with two career punt return TDs. He also threw the 7th TD by a RB in team history when he hit TE Jermaine Wiggins on a halfback pass at the Seattle Seahawks for a 15-yard TD. The TD pass marked the 2nd time on the season that the Vikings scored on a pass by a non-QB (K Ryan Longwell to TE Richard Owens vs. Carolina), which tied the team record set in 1984 when RB Alfred Anderson threw two TD passes. Moore also returned a punt 40 yards against the Seahawks. Moore caught the Vikings’ two longest passes on the season, both 50-yarders, one from Brooks Bollinger vs. New England and the other from Tarvaris Jackson vs. the St. Louis Rams. Moore posted the 2nd-longest punt return in team history in a season opener with his 20-yard return at the Washington Redskins during a Monday Night game. Moore led team with 5 receptions for 57 yards vs. Green Bay. He also, tied team high with 5 receptions vs. the New York Jets and scored his 1st receiving TD of the season, catching Tarvaris Jackson’s 1st career TD pass on a 35-yard screen pass.
Moore had a limited amount of snaps on offense because of 1st round pick Adrian Peterson, and 2006 starting running back Chester Taylor. Moore spent most of his time on special teams returning kicks. Moore finished the season with only 20 carries for 113 yards, and 6 catches for 48 yards. For the first time since his rookie season, Moore ended the season without a touchdown. At the end of the season, Moore did not re-sign with the Vikings and hit the free agency market.
On March 3, 2008, Moore signed a three year contract to join the Pittsburgh Steelers. Moore was given the opportunity to start after Willie Parker and Rashard Mendenhall were injured. Although he was a backup for most of the year, he racked up 588 yards and 5 touchdowns rushing and 320 yards and one touchdown receiving. He also has one passing touchdown.
* Holds Vikings record with a 10.5-yard career punt return average.
* One of only two players in team history (David Palmer) to have 2 career punt return TDs.
* Owns 2 of the 10 longest punt returns in team history with his pair of 71-yard TDs.
* The Vikings are 4-0 in games when Moore runs for 100+ yards.
* Ranks tied with Herschel Walker for 10th place in Vikings history with 4 career 100- yard rushing games.
* Along with Koren Robinson, who had a kickoff return TD at N.Y. Giants (11/13/05), marked only the 2nd time in team history posted a punt return and kickoff return TD in the same game, the other occurring in 1999 at Kansas City when Robert Tate (KOR) and Randy Moss (PR) accomplished the feat.
* Set a Vikings’ record with 610 combined net yards in a 3-game span in 2004 (at Houston, at New Orleans, vs. Tennessee), topping the old mark of 573 set by Chuck Foreman in 1976.
* Joined Onterrio Smith as the only Viking rookies in team history to rush for consecutive 100-yard games (at New Orleans, vs. Tennessee) in 2004.
* Was the 1st RB selected from Tulane by the Vikings since taking Tommy Mason #1 overall in the 1961 inaugural draft, the 1st player ever drafted by the team.