Denniston “DJ” Moore was born April 14, 1997, in Delaware County, Pennsylvania. He is the youngest of three children to his mother, Donna “Cookie” Ridley.
Before DJ began football, he started his athletic career at age four playing for the Penrose Park Association, on the ‘Rangers Baseball team where he played for two years.
From the age of eight to seventeen, DJ ran track for teams Cambria, Mallery Challengers, and his high school, Imhotep Institute Charter High School. He ran 55m, 100m, 200m, 400m, 800m, 4×100, 4×400, 4×800, Long Jump and Hurdles.
At age two, DJ watched the football program practices at the organization that his mom volunteered and where his sister was a cheerleader. At age six he started his football career at the Mt. Airy Bantams Youth Association. He played multiple positions: running back, safety, corner, quarterback, receiver, punter and kicker. He stayed with the Bantams for 8 years, learning the basic skills and disciplines that he would eventually take with him to high school, college, and ultimately, the NFL.
After graduating out of youth football, DJ Moore started his next journey with the Imhotep Panthers where in his freshman year he played on both the junior varsity and varsity team. DJ played on the varsity team for all four years of high school, playing multiple positions: receiver, quarterback, punter and kicker. In his junior year, he had 39 receptions for 832 yards and 13 touchdowns.
He went on to break city records for most field goals made and in his senior year in 2014, he was named the MVP wide receiver and received 3A All-State honors, catching 35 receptions for 1,012 yards and 16 touchdowns.
DJ Moore signed with the University of Maryland Terrapins in February 2015, graduated high school later that year, and began training with his new team that summer. At Maryland, DJ excelled remarkably, starting 35 out of 37 games. In his junior and last year at Maryland, DJ set a school record with 80 receptions for 1,033 yards and eight complete touchdowns. After the season, he was named in the First Team All-Big-Ten and the Big Ten Receiver of the Year.
He completed his college career with 146 receptions, ranking him fifth in Maryland history, and 2,027 receiving yards, making him the fifth Maryland player to surpass the 2,000 career receiving yards mark.
During his junior year, DJ was offered to forgo the rest of his college career and begin making steps to pursue a professional career in football. In December 2017, he announced his intentions of going to the NFL, and a month later he was invited to the NFL Combine. There, he recorded the second-best vertical jump and ran the 40-yard dash in 4.43 seconds.
On April 26, 2018, DJ Moore was drafted by the Carolina Panthers in the first round, the first Wide Receiver to be picked and the 24th overall pick. A month later, he began rookie training.
Moore began his rookie NFL season amongst some top name players, Cam Newton, Torrey Smith and Christian McCaffrey, and continues to learn more from his teammates with every practice and game. In his rookie year, Moore has begun to make a name for himself, with 55 receptions, 788 yards, averaging 14.3 yards per catch, his longest reception 82 yards, and two touchdowns, he was graded the Top Graded Wide Receiver in 2018 with a grade of 71.5.
More to Moore
Motivated by a hardworking, loving and very supportive mother “Cookie”, Moore demonstrates strong work ethics both on and off the field. Moore is a Christian. He shares his faith in God by adorning his favorite bible verse “We walk by faith, not by sight. 2 Corinthians 5:7″ on his apparel and uses his platform to spread the word of God. His deep rooted faith inspires him to demonstrate God’s love through service to his community. Moore is dedicated to promoting socioeconomic development of inner city youth through the launching of the Moore to Life Foundation. Moore provides philanthropic support to nonprofit agencies that focus on programs that support socioeconomic development of inner city youth. Moore’s own charitable efforts support health and wellness, educational and recreational initiatives to enhance the quality of life.
Health and Wellness is top priority to Moore and contributes to his vigorous daily fitness routine and living a healthy lifestyle by adapting healthy eating habits. Moore has taken a personal interest in the fashion industry, launching his own DJM brand apparel. Moore has graced the runway during New York’s Fashion Week and other charity events, showing his versatility to go from athletic wear to high fashion.
Moore’s mantra is “Family First” which signifies his close family bond. Family is key in Moore’s life which he often supports causes nearest to their hearts. Moore’s Grandmother Ernestine Ridley was the inspiration behind the design of his “Cleats for Cause” which paid homage to her previous battle with Breast Cancer. Moore has one brother, one sister, three nephews and three nieces, a horde of family, friends and mentors. A lover of animals, Moore has a one-year old French Bulldog ‘Denny’ that stands behind him in every move he makes, cheering for him the loudest at every game.
Moore has plans to finish his degree with only a handful of credits remaining. Moore continues to strive to be the best athlete and an inspiration to others with the mindset there is always More to Life.