Albany State safety Dexter Moody has signed a contract with the NFL’s Baltimore Ravens. Moody, who was just recently named the Albany State Male Athlete of the Year for a second consecutive year, was not chosen in the league’s annual draft over the weekend, but was contacted by the team on Sunday.
“This is a great opportunity for me,” Moody said. “I am happy the Ravens are giving me this chance. It’s an opportunity that will not be wasted.”
Moody was named 2013 SIAC Defensive Player of the Year. Rated as one of Division II’s top defensive backs, he was all over the field this season and served as the field general for the top defensive unit in the SIAC.
The 6’3, 200-lb senior from Twin City, Georgia finished the season with 45 total tackles, 6.5 tackles for losses, a forced fumble, a block punt, and three interceptions. He was also named the Most Valuable Player of the 2013 SIAC Football Championship game.
“I want to thank all the people who were behind me from day one”, Moody continued. “After I lost my scholarship at the University of Georgia, they were the ones who stood behind me and
kept telling me I could still do it. That motivated me to go harder and be the best I can be.” Moody is also appreciative of the time he spent in the Golden Rams’ football program.
“I want to thank Albany State University for bringing me in and allowing me to finish my last two years playing football,” Moody said. “If it wasn’t for my time as a Golden Ram, I wouldn’t have the opportunity to play at the next level.”
Although he was disappointed that Moody was not taken in the draft, Albany State head football coach James “Mike” White is happy he will have an opportunity to showcase his talents.
“Moody is one of the other better football players we’ve had here at Albany State,” White said.
“He is definitely an NFL football player. It is just a matter of him getting a genuine opportunity.” Moody believes his chance with the Ravens will enhance opportunities for other players.
“I looking forward to doing big things when I get to camp,” Moody said. “One of my goals is to show the league that Division II players can play in the NFL. Hopefully, I can help open doors for others players on our level.”