Talks to WR Lance Moore

New Orleans Saints wide receiver Lance Moore has worked his way up the depth chart after spending the majority of his first two seasons as a member of the team’s practice squad. Last season, Moore caught a career-high 32 receptions for 302 yards and two touchdowns, while also serving as the team’s primary punt returner. On Sunday, he posted a career day, finishing with seven catches for 101 yards and two touchdowns in the Saints’ 31-17 win over San Francisco. In this exclusive interview with NFLPLAYERS.COM, Moore talks about the challenges he faced moving up from the Saints’ practice squad and much more.

Q: What is something people might not know about you and what do you like to do in your spare time?

A: Something people might not know is that I’m a black belt. I don’t do too much in my spare time, other than sleep.

Q: What was the biggest challenge that you faced when trying to move up from the Saints’ practice squad to the active roster?

A: Just trying to understand that sometimes you have to wait your turn and as long as you keep working there’s a possibility that things can change and you’ll get your opportunity.

Q: Before the season began, did you have any specific goals that you wanted to achieve?

A: My personal goals will just go along with the team goals. I figure if our team is playing well and winning I’ll have something to do with that. That’s all I’m really worried about is winning.

Q: What was it like for you as a member of the Saints when Hurricane Katrina came through and devastated the city?

A: You really got the full appreciation of how this city loves the Saints. I was in San Antonio the year of Katrina with the team and you didn’t really know, or you couldn’t really see, how well-liked we are or how much this city really loves the Saints. So, I definitely got the chance to see how special it is out here that year.

Q: Do you feel it’s important for NFL players to give back to the community?

A: Yeah, right now I do a lot of hospital visits here in New Orleans and make a number of appearances wherever I can. Whether it’s speaking at an elementary school or middle school or just showing up at a place just for inspiration, I’m definitely going to try to do that. Hospital visits are definitely my favorite though because they are the most gratifying.

Q: Having spent four years with the Saints, what is one piece of advice you can give to a rookie just starting out?

A: Work hard, because you never really know who will be watching and they say the camera is always on. So, work hard and keep trying to get better each and every day.

Q: What is the most gratifying thing to have happened to you in your NFL career thus far?

A: I would say being able to play around so many great players. These guys that you see on TV when you’re coming up and guys that you eventually get a chance to play with. That’s definitely been the most gratifying thing.

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