Let me start off with thanking all those who voted for one of my favorite Lions of all time. In my honest opinion one of the most underrated wide outs in NFL history is Herman Moore. Herman played on the great 90's teams and was a great weapon opposite Barry Sanders. Before there was Calvin "Megatron" Johnson there was Herman Moore as the Lions number 1 wide reciver. Calvin is a stellar 6'5 to give you an idea of size Herman was still 6'4 a towering man. Herman grew up in Danville Virgina playing at George Washington high. He was mostly delegated to Kicker and Tight End. Herman went on to be recruited and signed with the University of Virgina. He still ranks second in career receptions and holds the record for the school high jump. Moore eventually set the NCAA record catching touchdown passes in nine consecutive games as a junior. Herman Moore came out in the 1991 draft as one of the best prospects at his position. The Detroit Lions would select him 10th overall he was the first wideout selected in 1991.
What do Herman Moore and Jerry Rice have in common ? Herman was the second player to have three 100 catch seasons. Jerry was the first to do it. Herman destroyed the Lions record books as a wideout. Playing 145 games in 11 seasons Moore holds all of the career,season and single game records for the Lions. Moore made 4 probowls throught his career all while with the Detroit Lions. He holds the teams records for career receptions with 670, reciving yards with 9,174 and touchdown catches with 62. In 1995 the Lions named him the offensive MVP after breaking a team and NFL record of 123 catches. He also had 1,686 yards and 14 touchdowns. His best career game came on December 4 of 1995 against the rival Chicago Bears he had a team record of 14 catches for 183 yards. Fifth best in Lions history.
Herman Moore was the last Lion to catch three touchdown passes in a game in 1995 vs the Green bay Packers. Until Roy Williams matched it in 2005. On November 23rd of 1995 vs the Vikings in the Thanksgiving day classic. Herman Moore, Brett Perriman and Johnnie Morton all surpassed the 100 yards reciving mark whil Barry Sanders rushed for 138 yards. The Lions won 44-38 in a shootout victory.
Moore was a member of Lions’ squads who earned six playoff appearances in the 1990s.He was also a member of two teams that won the NFC Central division in 1991 and 1993, and was on the 1991 team that played for the 1992 NFC Championship. In 1995 Moore and Perriman became the first duo in NFL history with 100 receptions in the same season. Moore had a career high of 123 catches which set an NFL record at the time. Moore made 1st team All pro 3 times and second team All Pro once. In what was called a cap move in 2002 Herman Moore was released from the Lions. He ended is career with a very brief sting with the New York football Giants. He currently holds the record for receptions and reciving yards for Thrusday games. Alot of which attributes was because on Thanksgiving day Herman Moore always came to play.
Herman is a Lions Legend for many reasons. No question he deserves it he showed up made play after play and won games. He was the perfect compliment to Hall of Famer Barry Sanders. If you ask me Herman Moore has Hall of Fame talent just maybe not the championships and stats. Herman was the standout reciver in a very good corp of players. Perhaps one day his records will be broken by Calvin Johnson but until that day comes. Herman Moore still stands as the Lions greatest all time reciver. Considering he had no Matthew Stafford to throw him the ball says tons about his talent. Qb after Qb Herman moore still put up numbers. He made average quaterbacks look good and put up numbers that usually take a franchise passer. Number 84 is a true great and a personal favorite.