COLUMBIA – Former Missouri wide receiver T.J. Moe wore No. 28 for the Tigers to pay homage to his favorite St. Louis Ram, running back Marshall Faulk.
On Monday, Moe, 23, signed a one-year deal with his hometown Rams after working out with the team. He said he was thrilled and overwhelmed with emotion.
"Absolutely wanted to play for the Rams my whole life," the O'Fallon native said. "Long before I dreamed of playing for Mizzou, I was dreaming of being a Ram."
Moe has a pre-existing relationship with Rams center Tim Barnes and running back Chase Reynolds. He plans to meet some of his other new teammates on Tuesday.
As a Tiger from 2009-12, the 6-foot, 200-pounder nabbed 188 passes for 2,101 yards and 11 touchdowns.
The New England Patriots signed Moe as a free agent after he went undrafted last April. He ruptured his Achilles tendon before he had a chance to get on an NFL field, spending the season on injured reserve. The Patriots released him in March.
Moe said he is fully recovered, but he wasn't sure if he would have another chance in the NFL.
"You never know if you'll get another shot after an injury," he said. "God's got favor on my life, and I have another opportunity. I'm really excited to wear a Rams uniform."
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