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(Video) Here’s That 61-Year-Old College Football Player Kicking An Extra Point

One of the better stories to come out of college football early this season is the tale of Alan Moore, a 61-year-old Vietnam veteran and grandfather of five who made the Faulkner University football team as a placekicker. By getting into the game to kick an extra point in Faulkner’s season opener against Ave Maria, Moore became the oldest person to ever get into and participate in a play from scrimmage in college football history.

Moore, who was a placekicker for Jones College in Mississippi in 1968 before heading over to Vietnam, made his extra point attempt on Saturday in his NAIA-affiliated team’s 41-19 win.

Via the Toronto Star:

Players one-third his age swarmed Moore as he jogged off the field smiling. Grey-bearded and tanned, Moore swapped high fives and fist bumps with teammates.

Moore — with the word “believe’ written on his kicking shoe — said he was glad to get the first kick behind him.

“It’s not about me, and it’s not about being old. It’s about the team,” Moore said before hugging his grandkids at midfield after the game.

Video of his old-school, soccer-style kick, along with an AP video report, follows.

Awesome. Good for him. And a great story for older folks who have been told they are too far on in years to still achieve their dreams. Hey, I guess they’re right: Senior citizens, although slow and dangerous behind the wheel, can still serve a purpose.

Naw, I’m just kidding. A truly inspirational story and a refreshing change from what usually passes as newsworthy material from the world of college athletics. Keep on keepin’ on, Alan Moore.

Video: 61-year-old becomes oldest to play U.S. college football [Toronto Star]