Whether he liked it or not, Kellen Moore was front and center once again at Albertsons Stadium on Saturday.
Moore, whose 50 wins at Boise State from 2008-11 are the most in Football Bowl Subdivision history, was honored before the annual Spring Game.
“Just a sappy tribute to make me feel old,” he said with a laugh a few minutes before the ceremony. “It will be fun. We’ll see what they have in it. Hopefully not too many cheesy moments.”
Luckily for Moore, the video aired for the crowd was anything but sappy or cheesy — mainly a compilation of many of the 143 touchdowns he threw with the Broncos. After the highlights aired, Boise State coach Bryan Harsin, who was Moore’s offensive coordinator until his senior year, said “(Moore) is what Boise State is all about.”
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Harsin presented Moore with the No. 11 jersey he sported during his career, with the ceremony taking place at 5:11 p.m., on 4/11 for 11. For good measure, the first quarter was 11 minutes long.
“That was special,” Harsin said after the game.
Not one to bask in his accomplishments, Moore’s career more than earned him enough to be individually honored. Parents stopped him to take photos with their children. Moore got a cheer when he called his nearly 8-month-old son, Kyler, “a future Bronco.” Former Bronco running back Jay Ajayi, bound to be taken in the NFL Draft early next month, snapped a shot of Moore and shouted “GOAT (Greatest of All-Time).”
“It’s Boise — obviously they love their football here, it’s a great part of it,” Moore said.
Other current and future pros were also honored before the game, including cornerback Jamar Taylor (Miami Dolphins), offensive lineman Charles Leno Jr. (Chicago Bears), cornerback Orlando Scandrick (Dallas Cowboys), safety Jeron Johnson (Washington Redskins), tailback Doug Martin (Tampa Bay Buccaneers), safety Winston Venable (CFL’s Montreal Alouettes), defensive lineman Mike Atkinson (CFL’s Hamilton Tiger-Cats), Ajayi and quarterback Grant Hedrick.
“It’s a cool opportunity,” Moore said. “Obviously it’s nice that it works that a lot of guys are coming back this weekend, so you get to see a lot of guys that were a part of it. That’s probably the most fun part.”