Aug. 5, 2006
CANTON, Ohio - Former Husky quarterback Warren Moon was among six former NFL players and coaches enshrined into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio on Saturday. Moon is the first African American quarterback to ever be enshrined into the NFL Hall of Fame and is the third Husky to be bestowed the NFL's top honor.
"To be the first African-American quarterback into the Hall of Fame, all African-American QBs who played before me should share in this," Moon said back in February. "I don't want to make this a racial thing, but I think it is significant. It shows that we have arrived at the pinnacle of our sport."
Troy Aikman, Reggie White, Harry Carson, John Madden and Rayfield Wright also were inducted Saturday.
Moon was the 1977 Pac-10 Co-Player of the Year and 1978 Rose Bowl MVP as a senior at Washington. He led the Huskies to a 27-20 upset win over No. 4 Michigan in that Rose Bowl, rushing for two touchdowns and throwing for another.
Moon spent 17 seasons in the NFL, playing for four different teams, before retiring with the Kansas City Chiefs in 2000.
Moon began his professional football career in the Canadian Football League, where he led the Edmonton Eskimos to a record five-consecutive Grey Cup titles. He threw for 21,228 yards and 144 touchdowns from 1978 to 1983 with the Eskimos.
In 1984 he signed with the Houston Oilers where he immediately became the team's starting quarterback. Moon's career began to flourish once the Oilers implemented the run-and-shoot offense in 1986 to best utilize his skills. The native of Los Angeles, Calif., threw for over 4,000 yards in a season four times during his professional career and finished his NFL career with 49,325 yards and 291 touchdowns. Combined with his CFL numbers, he threw for more than 70,000 yards and 435 touchdowns.
Moon was inducted into the Husky Hall of Fame in 1984 and the Rose Bowl Hall of Fame in 1997. Moon joins former running back Hugh McElhenny (1970 inductee) and defensive tackle Arnie Weinmesiter (1984) as the only Huskies in the NFL Hall of Fame.
Moon currently serves as the color commentator for the Seattle Seahawks' radio broadcasts and remains active in the Husky community.