Nat Moore Trophy

The Inaugural Nat Moore Trophy Will Be Awarded Live This Tuesday Night On CBS4

When it was first announced that CBS4 would award the Nat Moore Trophy, it was met with mixed reaction.

After all, south Florida being the true epicenter for high school football talent, fans and athletes had become numb to accolades being handed out for outstanding performances.

Remember, this is an area that has more talent playing in the NFL and at major colleges than any other region of the country – and it truly is not close, so the award was nice, but not earth-shattering.

That all changed when more promotion and publicity came out on making this one of the post season events that would certainly capture everyone’s attention – while making this more of a Heisman Trophy presentation.

After months of playing, and voting for an award named after a south Florida icon that recognizes the top high school player (any position, any division, and any school in Miami-Dade, Broward and Monroe Counties) who demonstrated positive character, leadership attributes, and meets all team standards for academics, sportsmanship and conduct both on and off the field, the big night is finally here.

Organizers asked for nominations and those nominations came in by the hundreds.

After that process was completed, the public had a turn at choosing one of the four finalists, which was overwhelming.

Now, the process has come to an end, and the four finalists will now head to Hard Rock Stadium on Tuesday night (tomorrow), Dec. 10th for a presentation that this area has never seen before.

With many festivities planned – and a panel of judges who have been around the game all of their lives, the announcement will be made in front of a live audience and on CBS4 at 7 p.m.

THE FINALISTS

Donald Chaney Jr. Belen Jesuit, RB, 6-0, 205, Senior. This University of Miami-bound standout ran for 1,209 yards and 15 touchdowns this season.

Henry Parrish, RB, 5-11, 185, Miami Christopher Columbus, Senior. Currently getting ready for this Friday’s 8A state championship game against Apopka, he has run for over 2,500 yards and has scored over 30 touchdowns. He is committed to attend the University of Pittsburgh.

Isaiah Walker, OL, 6-4, 310, Miami Norland, Senior. This impressive three-year starter, who is on his way to the University of Florida, is considered one of the top line prospects in the country.

Derek Wingo, OLB, 6-2, 215, Fort Lauderdale St. Thomas Aquinas,Senior. Headed to the University of Florida, here is one of the most versatile prospects in the state – and one of the best nationally. Getting ready to lead his Raiders into this Saturday’s 7A state final against Orlando Edgewater in Daytona Beach, his 20 sacks and game-changing plays has earned him Miami Dolphins and Gatorade Player of the Year honors.

NAT MOORE TROPHY

For those who are not familiar with Nat Moore, this is a Florida native, born in Tallahassee but grew up in Miami, attending Miami Edison Senior High and Miami-Dade Community College to play basketball.

At the University of Florida, Moore was a star running back and later inducted into the UF Athletic Hall of Fame as a “Gator Great” in 1978.

He was drafted by the Miami Dolphins in 1974 and was a star wide receiver for thirteen seasons from 1974 to 1986.

Over his 13 year playing career, Moore recorded 510 receptions for 7546 receiving yards and 74 touchdowns and ranks in the top three in Dolphins history in each of those three categories.

Moore retired in 1986 as an all-time Dolphin great!

He is currently the team’s Senior Vice President of Special Projects and Alumni Relations.

His post retirement career is filled with humanitarian work and philanthropy.

In 1984, the NFL voted Moore as “Man of the Year” for outstanding service to his community and he received the Byron White Humanitarian Award in 1986.

In 1998, he created the Nat Moore Foundation, which works with disadvantaged kids in Miami-Dade County in efforts to make sure they receive the best education possible.

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