Mention Cody Moore, and you’re bound to get a reaction.
His name alone raises some eyebrows. In the world of high school sports in Hamilton County and the surrounding area, the Fishers High School two-way senior lineman gets a lot of respect.
He’s a big kid. He’s easy going on the inside but tough on the outside. And there’s no mistaking that he’s a bad dude when he straps on his football pads. He comes in at 6-foot-2, 280 pounds – quite a load for the opposition to handle and to try to run against and to just plain try to deal with.
And gun-shy quarterbacks better beware. Not sure there are many other football players in the area better than Cody Moore, let alone as good.
“Cody is a tremendous leader on our football squad. He has brought energy and toughness to our defense the past two seasons and will be asked to do the same with our offense this season as he will play a number of snaps offensively as well as defensively,” said coach Rick Wimmer, a two-time state champion coach who’s in his 30th season as a varsity head coach.
“When Cody is in the game, it is very difficult to run the ball inside on our defense. Very difficult.”
Moore is unassuming when he talks about statistics. They don’t really mean much to him. He’s also pretty laid back off the football field. He speaks softly while smiling as he talks about what he does to stay calm and relaxed.
He recites poetry. Poetry? Yep, this physical specimen of a football player recites poetry. “My poetry turns into rapping and it’s pretty popular around here,” Moore said. “It calms me down and helps me focus before games. It’s just a way I can express myself and make my thoughts known in a relaxed atmosphere – like when we’re getting ready for games and sitting around and reflecting on things.”
“Do all of the guys buy into your poetry?” he was asked. Moore said the Tigers have a lot of intelligent, creative guys on the team, and that most of them know where he’s coming from. “But what about any of the guys who might laugh or snicker at your poetry?” he was asked. Moore just folded his arms and smiled even more, and joked, ”Well, if anyone has a problem with it, we can just strap on the pads and settle it on the field,” he said, laughing.
Moore was having an impressive junior season when he tore his ACL in the fifth game. “I’m not much of a stats guy. Just being on the field and helping my team is all the motivation I need,” said Moore, now three months out of recovery time from his injury. “I had seven months to heal and think about the upcoming season, but you’re always wondering how that first hit or first tackle or first hard block will go. Fortunately, I got over it in a hurry and I’m confident I’m good to go.”
He’s also quite a team player. He enjoys helping out in all situations and putting others first. One example came in May when Moore drove past an automobile accident that involved teammate John Graves, a 6-2, 175-pound backup safety. Fortunately Graves, who only had his driver’s license for three months, wasn’t injured – just shaken up. Later in the day, Moore went to Graves’ home to inquire about his friend, said John’s dad, Tony Graves.
“What Cody did next was quite a gesture, something that we very much appreciated.”
Since the car needed some front-end repairs, Tony Graves said that Cody told John if he needed anything, even a ride to practice, all he needed to do was to just let him know. So for the next three weeks, Cody Moore took John to practice and brought him home. Practice started promptly at 6 a.m., so Cody was at John’s house by 5:45. That’s just a softer side of Cody Moore, a very humble and outgoing young man.
Moore says he really doesn’t have any personal goals other than just to stay healthy and be able to compete and help his teammates whenever and wherever he can. “I really want to help our team make a run at the (Hoosier Crossroads Conference) championship. We have the drive, and we can make it happen,” he said. “We think we can make a deep run in the tournament this season. We remember what our school did in 2010, winning the 5A state championship. Like I said, we’re driven to succeed. And I’m driven to help the team succeed.”