A4I: Don’t doubt the Moats

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Elma, NY (WIVB.com) – Arthur Moats sent shock waves through the football world when he sacked Brett Favre and ended his consecutive starts streak. His story began long before the infamous Favre play. Moats was a five-sport athlete at Churchland High School in Virginia. He played soccer, basketball, and football. He also wrestled and ran track and field, receiving all-state honors in both sports. According to Moats, playing a variety of sports helped his overall athleticism.

Despite the intense sports schedule, Moats maintained good grades and worked the night shift at Wendy’s. He received 13 scholarship offers. Ultimately he landed at James Madison University. He played defensive end and was awarded the Buck Buchanan award, given to the most outstanding defensive player in the Division 1 Football Championship Subdivision.

The biggest knock on Moats coming out of college was his size. When the Bills drafted him in the sixth round in 2010, he moved to linebacker. Since 2010 he has bounced back and forth between inside and outside linebacker. Currently he is stopping the run inside. As long as his opponent isn’t getting to the end zone, he is happy.

Moats’ positive attitude translates into all avenues of his life. Perhaps this is due to the fact that both his parents are pastors and instilled him with values that emphasized setting a good example for others and giving back. He often finds a variety of ways to help children in the community and always stresses the importance of education. Moats practices what he preaches. He is currently getting a masters degree in community and economic development. Despite his busy schedule, he still finds time for the arts.  For the most part, he is a self-taught pianist and drummer.

The four-year NFL veteran clearly has many accomplishments that give him a great sense of pride, but what he feels most proud about is the tight-knit family he has created. Arthur and his wife Shonda have two daughters, aged seven and one. The linebacker’s face lights up when he discusses his wife and children. It’s clear that for Moats all the success in the world is only as good as the people he has to share it with.

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