CFL and NFL Hall of Famer Warren Moon spent Wednesday at Thunderbird Training Camp. The former quarterback was brought in to work with the players as they prepare to kick off the new season.
First year UBC Head Coach Blake Nill was thrilled to have a player of Moon's stature at camp. "Anytime I can expose my guys to a player like Warren Moon, it can only help. He has competed and succeeded at all levels, university football, the CFL and the NFL. Anything that rubs off on my players would be a plus."
So how does a guy like Warren Moon end up at Thunderbird practice? The answer: David Sidoo. The former T-Bird standout is a huge supporter of UBC football, and over the years through his work with Moon's charitable foundation, the two became friends. As a result, Moon came to Vancouver with more than just a one-day appearance in mind.
"I think this is just the beginning of my involvement with the team and the program. I would like get involved in fundraising or anywhere else I can help. I really like what I see here, and I think new Head Coach Blake Nill has got the guys moving in the right direction."
Moon was at practice for both the morning and afternoon sessions today. Originally he said he planned on coming to camp next week for two days, but the T-Birds head to Laval next Wednesday for a pre-season game, and this week, Moon has to head to Kansas City for his job with the Seattle Seahawks broadcast crew. Even though he was only here for one day, Moon likes what he sees so far.
"I like the way coach Nill is running practice, I am starting to get a feel for the players, some guys have made an immediate impression, I already remember their name and number. But I will say this, you have to be patient, nothing comes easy or overnight."
Training camp continues daily at Thunderbird Stadium.