Brandon Moore left Texas early but went unselected in the 2013 NFL Draft. Still, after signing with the San Diego Chargers as a free agent, the Longhorn defensive tackle said he was excited about the way things worked out.
"It's not about how you get in the NFL, it's about how long you stay there," Moore said. "It's about what you do when you get that chance, when you get that opportunity. A lot of people don't get drafted. You might get drafted and be a bust. It could be a couple years away, but I am going to work hard and hopefully everything falls in my favor."
Moore said he picked the Chargers after visiting the franchise.
"San Diego flew me out for a visit," Moore said. "I met with [head] Coach [Mike] McCoy, the defensive coordinator and the defensive line coach. I got to see the facilities and the city. The city is really nice. I had some other teams that were interested, but the opportunity to play really pushed me towards San Diego. Looking at the depth chart and their scheme, I think I have a good chance to come in there and contribute and be successful."
Moore was actually raised in Pittsburgh, where he said "football was everything."
"I used to watch when I was young, and I used to watch the draft every year," Moore said. "I always told myself if I work hard, one day I could get a chance to be there. Now that has happened. I got my chance. I am really excited, and I am really happy. I am trying to keep everything normal, keep working out, and keep eating right to make sure I am ready. Because I am a professional now.
"I am very excited," Moore said. "I've dreamed about being in the NFL ever since I was little, and now I get my opportunity. Now that I got a shot, I am going to do my best to make the most of it."
Moore was only a member of the Longhorns for a season, but said he felt an attachment to his teammates and coaches.
I talked to Coach [Bo] Davis and Coach [Mack] Brown a lot on Saturday," Moore said. "I've talked to everybody, Coach [Bennie] Wylie, Mad Dog [Jeff Madden], and a lot of my teammates. A lot of the guys have been congratulating me on Twitter and calling me. Everybody is really happy for me.
"At the end of the day, I wasn't there that long," Moore said. "But I am real cool with everybody. Those 12 months I was there, I really bonded with the team. That's why everybody was calling me. Some of the defensive lineman said they feel like they made it because I made it. That's just the bond we had while I was at Texas."