Former Maryland football star DJ Moore had his jersey retired by his high school on Monday, ensuring no player will ever wear No. 23 again at Imhotep Charter. After wrapping up his rookie season with the Carolina Panthers, he returned to his alma mater for the honor.
He became the first football player to have his number retired at the school and was enshrined with his mom Donna Ridley, herself a fervent supporter of the program, according to the Philly Voice.
Imhotep will retire the No. 23 Moore wore while racking up 832 yards and 13 touchdowns on 39 receptions when he broke onto the scene his junior year. He added 16 more scores, 35 receptions and 1012 yards his senior year. Ridley continued to support the program as Moore was at Maryland and was honored for her retirement and move to North Carolina to be with Moore.
After Imhotep, Moore would spend three seasons with the Terps wearing No. 1, improving his draft stock each season and causing problems for defenses. By the time he left College Park as a first-round draft pick, Moore had amassed 142 career receptions, 2,152 yards from scrimmage and 18 touchdowns, including a program single-season record 80 catches his junior year.
Drafted No. 24 by overall by the Carolina Panthers, Moore went on to make an impact his rookie season wearing No. 12. He’d emerge with 788 yards and two scores on 55 receptions, making the All-Rookie team.
Here’s Moore accepting the honor at the team’s awards banquet:
(h/t SBTerp for the heads up)
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#NCAAWLAX Plays of the Week— NCAA Lacrosse (@NCAALAX) February 20, 2019
2️⃣ | Jen Giles puts a defender on skates! The @MarylandWLax midfielder makes the play a little more interesting as she pulls a fast one and finds the back of the net for a 12-6 lead in the 2nd. pic.twitter.com/JCVDwE11lm
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Congrats to Virunpat Olankitkunchai, who finished five strokes under par this week to earn Big Ten Co-Golfer of the Week! pic.twitter.com/oKtD9DhkwV— UMD Women's Golf (@TerpsWGolf) February 20, 2019
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