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From the Pressbox: Catching up with former football star Marty Moore

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So who do you like in the Super Bowl between San Francisco and Baltimore?

When we put that question to former UK and NFL star Marty Moore, he didn't hesitate in his response.

"San Fran. The way (quarterback Colin) Kaepernick is going and their defense, I just feel like they're going to win. Coming back from 17 down to win a game, they've shown a lot of resiliency. I really like their team right now," Moore said in a recent appearance on "The Leach Report" radio show. (Moore and other former NFL players from Kentucky are hosting a charity Super Bowl event this weekend and details will follow at the bottom of this post).

Moore played in two Super Bowls for the New England Patriots and they won the second one over St. Louis in 2002. At Kentucky, Moore set tackling records and helped lead the Wildcats to the 1993 Peach Bowl.

And given his experience on that side of the ball, you're probably not surprised to learn that he gives UK Athletics Director Mitch Barnhart a thumbs up for going in search of defensive-minded head coach to lead the program in a new direction.

"We've had this offensive mindset for a decade or more and in the SEC, you have to play defense. You have to be a defensive-minded guy to try and stop some of these teams.  To be able to win games at the end, we have to play defense," Moore said. "If you recruit an athletic defensive kid, you can always find a spot for him on offense. Just being able to scheme and do things that will keep us in games, I think that's going to be something we haven't had in a long time at Kentucky. I'm looking forward to seeing some of the changes he makes with the personnel that we have to make us competitive in the fall."

Stoops is off to a great start in upgrading the recruiting efforts at UK and Moore knows that is where the turnaround in his alma mater's gridiron fortunes will start.

"I like the fact that there are a couple of former players on the staff. We gotta win back the state and bringing in the former players helps in that regard. Getting the in-state recruits is key and having the ties (to Florida, Ohio, etc), that helps as well," he noted.   "It's a different kind of recruiting philosophy. Change was needed and I'm looking forward to seeing how spring practice goes."

Moore helping host Super Bowl watch party for charity

How would you like to watch the 49ers-Ravens matchup in the Super Bowl alongside guys who played in the big game?

That's what the seventh annual "Party with the Pros" event at the Embassy Suites Hotel in Lexington is all about. Moore and other former NFL players who suited up for college programs here in Kentucky will be there to mingle with fans, as well as raise money for a good cause. Proceeds will support Visually Impaired Preschool Services.

"It's a fun, nice event and you can enjoy the night and don't have anything to clean up," Moore said, adding that kids may not remember these guys from their playing days but they can still enjoy hearing their stories. "There's a lot of Super Bowl rings that float around there. The kids really enjoy it. We're old-timers but we wear our jerseys and tell war stories and I think it's a fun event that supports a great cause."

Tickets are $45 for adults, $25 for children and can be purchased at the door on Sunday. To get more information, check out

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