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3 Things to Know about Sterling Moore

Get to know Sterling Moore, the newest Buccaneer defensive back.

The Buccaneers agreed to terms with defensive back Sterling Moore on Thursday. Check out photos of his time with the Dallas Cowboys and New England Patriots (AP Images).

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1. He helped send the Patriots to the Super Bowl.
Moore made a crucial play late in the 2011 AFC Championship game to help the Patriots to victory over the Ravens. Up 23-20 with 22 seconds remaining, he ripped a pass out of Lee Evans' hands in the end zone. Baltimore kicker Billy Cundiff missed a chip-shot field goal on the following play.

2. He made it to the NFL the hard way.
Moore was undrafted out of Southern Methodist, an FCS school, and went to a junior college before enrolling at SMU. He was signed by the Raiders as an undrafted free agent, but was cut before the start of the regular season. Shortly after, he was signed to the Patriots practice squad, where he spent most of his rookie season and the first half of his second season. He earned significant playing time in Dallas in 2014, his fourth season, after Orlando Scandrick was suspended and Morris Claiborne suffered a season-ending knee injury.

3. He got a late start playing football.
Moore didn't begin playing football until his senior year of high school. "I was playing basketball and baseball and my mother didn't want me to play three sports in high school," Moore said to ESPN. "All my friends played. It was the day before the first day of tryouts and I was just out there with them, throwing the ball around, and I was guarding some of the receivers. The receivers coach was out there and said, 'You should come out tomorrow.'"

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