Oct. 28, 2005
CANTON, Ohio - Former Husky quarterback Warren Moon is among 112 candidates for induction into the Class of 2006 Pro Football Hall of Fame, it was announced today. Moon spent 17 seasons in the NFL, playing for four different teams, before retiring with the Kansas City Chiefs in 2000.
From a preliminary list, Hall of Fame selectors will choose 25 candidates who will advance as semifinalists. That list will be trimmed to 13 candidates, who will join veterans committee nominees John Madden and Rayfield Wright as finalists. The Class of 2006 will be announced on Feb. 4, the day before the Super Bowl in Detroit.
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 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 is vying to become only the third Husky to be inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame, joining former running back Hugh McElhenny (1970 inductee) and defensive tackle Arnie Weinmeister (1984).
Moon currently serves as the color commentator for the Seattle Seahawks' radio broadcasts and remains active in the Husky community.
Information from the Associated Press was used in this story.