August 17, 2014; Santa Clara, CA, USA; Denver Broncos head coach John Fox (right) talks to free safety Rahim Moore (26) during the fourth quarter against the San Francisco 49ers at Levi
Although he was a highly regarded rookie coming out of college, Moore’s first season in the NFL began with a rough start. He lost his starting job in following Week 5, after Denver lost to drop them to 1-4. Although played in 15 games that year, he only record a stat in 9 of them. He would finish the year with 32 tackles.
The 2012 season progressed much more smoothly. Rahim started every game for the Broncos, recording 72 tackles, along with a sack, fumble recovery, and interception. The Broncos would go on to finish as the top seed in the AFC, and were looking towards the Super Bowl. But the entire season was forgotten when Moore allowed a 70 yard touchdown pass in the final minute of the AFC divisional game against the Ravens.
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After the heartbreaking loss, the Broncos coaching staff voiced their support for the second year safety, saying they still believed in him and that he would remain in his starting role. Things were going smoothly in Moore’s third year. He had recorded 42 tackles through 10 games, and already had two interceptions. But all that would change in Week 11.
Moore had experienced some pain in his left leg during warmups, and as the game progressed, so did the intensity of the pain. By the second quarter, he was done. He wasn’t hit, so many people assumed it would be a minor injury. The next morning, news broke that Rahim had major surgery to treat a condition called compartment syndrome. He almost lost his leg, and considered retiring. He would miss the rest of the season.
But Moore returned healthy in 2014, and came back to top form. He finished 2014 with 49 tackles, 2 forced fumbles, and 4 interceptions for a Broncos team that would finish at the top of their division once again. After the Broncos opted not to extend Moore, he signed a three-year deal with the Houston Texans.
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