Most of you that aren’t part of Dawg Nation or a big time SEC fan will not remember Quentin Moses. You will not remember him being a stand out from Cedar Shoals High School, where he was an unbelievable defensive lineman, and was even called their “Michael Jordan” by former teammate Jonathan Bush.
You will not remember Moses’ decision to stay in Athens, as he decided to sign with the Bulldogs. You will not remember him making an instant impact during his redshirt freshman season as the Dawgs won an SEC East division title in 2003. You will not remember him helping the Dawgs to win the SEC crown in 2005, as he registered 11.5 sacks and 20.5 tackles for loss.
You will not remember him being named to the SEC Academic Honor Roll twice, or the fact that he finished his career at the number 7 spot in terms of all-time sacks leaders at UGA.
You will also not remember him being drafted in the third round of the NFL Draft, and, after a short career, him becoming the defensive line coach at Reinhardt University.
All of that is okay. But what wouldn’t be okay is if you did not take time to reflect on this man’s story, and for you to realize how great of a person he was.
Last night, this man gave his life trying to save two close friends from a house fire in Monroe, Georgia. This happened as he witnessed the house of Andrea Godard and her ten-year old daughter, Jasmine, burning late in the night. These two were the wife and daughter of one of Quentin Moses’s closest classmates at Cedar Shoals High School, Xavier Godard.
Quentin gave his all to save them, just as he had given his all whenever he stepped onto the football field; and Godard, who passed away in 2007 from drowning, would have been honored at the sacrifice his childhood friend made in attempt to save his late wife and daughter. It is truly remarkable.
Quentin Moses was a big man with a big heart, and he will forever be remembered as just that. It’s a shame whenever you see a life cut short like this, but Dawg Nation will never forget you Quentin. May you rest peacefully in heaven Big Dawg.