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October 5, 2012

Jean DePlacido column: Prep's Moore overcame accident to become football standout

Alex Moore is a big part of St. John’s Prep’s success on the football field, but four years ago a serious accident nearly ended his athletic career. Moore, a senior captain, has 4.51 speed in the 40 yard dash and plays in the backfield, at receiver, and in the secondary on defense.

Moore (6’, 195 lbs.) and junior Jonathan Thomas give the 3-1 Eagles an incredible double threat to spark the running game. The duo combined for 355 yards rushing and four TD’s in the 27-12 victory at Brockton last weekend. Moore, who is from Boxford, is just as outstanding in the classroom as on the gridiron with a 4.05 GPA and SAT score of 1860.

From the time he was a young boy he has wanted to play for the Fighting Irish, and Notre Dame remains one of the schools at the top of his list. But Moore’s dreams almost came to a tragic end in June of 2008 when he was seriously injured in an ATV accident in a wooded area. Moore suffered such severe injuries to his head and arms he had to spend over a month at Shriner’s Hospital in Boston where doctors were concerned that the infection in his arm might result in amputation.

“I flipped over and got caught under the ATV,” said Moore. “I slid for a while, and tore my arms open right down to the bone. Doctors thought something must have gone through my arm. They said they had never seen anything like it. You could take a flashlight and see right through to the other side.

“They treated the injuries like burns, and I made a pretty fast recovery. When (Masco Youth) football started in late August I was back playing even though I was still bandaged up. I love football, and I’ll play any position, but I really love defense. In college I want to get time on the field so I’ll play anywhere I can to help the team. I think I’m stronger defensively.”

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