Tragedy struck Bulldog Nation over the weekend as former Georgia football player Quentin Moses died in a house fire along with two others in Monroe, GA.
Georgia’s Head Coach Kirby Smart released a statement on social media on Twitter:
Very saddened to learn of the tragic death this morning of Quentin Moses. Thoughts and prayers go out to his family in this difficult time.
— Coach Kirby Smart (@KirbySmartUGA) February 12, 2017
Quentin Moses was from the Athens, GA area and played high school basketball and football at Cedar Shoals where he graduated from in 2002. He was a member of Georgia’s 2002 college football recruiting class and was a four-year letterman from 2003-2006 at the defensive end position wearing number 94 for the Bulldogs. Moses was an imposing defensive lineman at 6 foot 5 and over 250 lbs and over his collegiate career, tallied 137 total tackles, 25 quarterback sacks, and 44.5 tackles for loss.
A member of Georgia’s 2005 SEC Championship team, Moses had a historic season for the Bulldogs. He was named the defensive MVP along with being named first-team All-SEC by both the league coaches and the Associated Press for his 44 tackles (20.5 of which were tackles for a loss), 11.5 sacks, and 28 QB pressures. But Moses also performed outstanding feats off the field in the classroom and in the community. He was named to the SEC Academic Honor Roll in 2004 and 2005, and in 2006, he was named to the American Football Coaches Association’s (AFCA) Good Works Team as a senior.
After football at UGA, Moses entered the 2007 NFL Draft and was picked 65th overall in the third round by the Oakland Raiders but did not make the 53-man roster, being released on September 1, 2007. However, Miami would pick up Moses in October of that same year and signed him to a contract, where he played four years for the Dolphins from 2007-2010.
Quentin Moses was only 33 years old.
University of Georgia’s J. Reid Parker Director of Athletics had this to say on hearing of Moses’ death:
“Our thoughts and prayers are with Quentin’s family. We are shocked and saddened by this tragic news. Quentin was an outstanding representative of not only the University of Georgia but also his hometown of Athens. On behalf of UGA Athletics, we extend our most sincere condolences to his family.”
Other players and coaches reacted to the tragic news:
— Terrence Edwards (@Tjedwards82) February 12, 2017
Heavy hearted with news of former player Quentin Moses death Thoughts & Prayers to the families of all victims & his teammates #RIPQue #94
— Rodney Garner (@coachg76) February 12, 2017
— Randy McMichael (@randymac81) February 12, 2017
Rip Quentin Moses and my prayers are with your family! DGD!
— Corey Moore (@CDMHOU43) February 13, 2017
My hearts mourns the loss of not just a teammate, not just my best man but 1 of my best… https://t.co/7kfTrGlaCs
— DjShockley (@DjShockley3) February 12, 2017
My heart breaks for former teammate and friend Quentin Moses and his family. Thoughts, prayers and tears! So sad. Life is too short #RIP
— Jason Taylor (@JasonTaylor) February 12, 2017