Marty Moore was the first ever Mr. Irrelevant to play in a Super Bowl. He saw action in Super Bowl 31 for the New England Patriots when they lost 35-21 to Brett Favre and the Green Bay Packers. That is Moore’s biggest claim to fame, but he also put together a solid career.
Moore didn’t see a great deal of action at linebacker during his eight-year career. In fact, he made just 19 starts, and nine of those came in his lone season with the Cleveland Browns. Moore made his living as a solid special teams player.
For the Patriots, Moore served as a special teams ace who was a very solid tackler. He had good size and strength on his 6-foot-1, 244 pound frame, and that allowed him to have an impact. While his stat lines often appear to be underwhelming, they are pretty solid for a player who primarily saw action of special teams.
And though Moore was mostly a special teamer, he was always ready to step into action when needed. He had decent coverage skills and actually recorded two of his three career interceptions in one year. All told, Moore finished his career with 146 tackles, three picks, and a sack.
What Quinn can learn from Moore is that special teams play is vital to being able to contribute early in a career. Quinn has the potential and toughness necessary to be a special teams player, so adding that to his repertoire will be critical to making an impact. And it will give him a better chance to stick around, like Moore did for eight NFL seasons.