BY MICHAEL PHILLIPS | Richmond Times-Dispatch
WHY YOU KNOW HIM: Moses was a Times-Dispatch All-Metro player at Meadowbrook High School, then excelled at Virginia before being drafted by the Washington Redskins. After mostly sitting out his rookie season, Moses has started every game this season for Washington, and has been praised as “one of the best right tackles in the NFL” by coach Jay Gruden.
UPDATE: Moses is launching a charitable foundation, the MOE Foundation, which will seek to motivate children to excel in the classroom.
Moses did not qualify academically for college when he graduated from high school, and had to spend a postgraduate year at Fork Union Military Academy working on his grades.
He said by the time he understood what was required academically to play football in college, it was too late.
“It’s easy for parents to say to do your homework, but for a guy who’s 24, and not all that far removed from high school, it hits home,” Moses said. “Obviously, the story of not succeeding in high school and having to go to Fork Union, then excelling at U.Va. has opened doors for me, and I’ve realized the change I can have on education.”
Moses gathered the board members of his foundation at Marshall High School in Northern Virginia earlier this month, and involved students who were taking marketing classes at Marshall and Lake Braddock high schools — they pitched him ideas on how he can launch and market his foundation.
Moses lives in Ashburn, but said the foundation will work with Richmond-area schools as well.
One of the foundation’s board members is Maurice Covington, who served as Moses’ academic adviser at U.Va.
“To see his growth and development, and his passion for educating and motivating others has been phenomenal,” Covington said.
— Michael Phillips
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