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UCLA football: Rahim Moore selected by the Denver Broncos

April 29, 2011 |  4:15 pm

Rahim-moore_225 UCLA free safety Rahim Moore, who passed up his senior season, was selected by Denver Broncos in the second round.

Moore was the 45th player taken overall. He led the nation with 10 interceptions as a sophomore in 2009. His play was less impressive last season, when he finished with one interception, but he still possessed ball-hawking ability. NFL scouts were wary of his tackling ability but were impressed by his speed and quickness.

"Patience is a virtue," Moore said in an interview with the NFL Network. "I prayed that I would be in the NFL one day. It shows that hard work and dedication pays off. I'm blessed."

Moore started immediately as a freshman in 2008. He intercepted three passes that season. His 14 career interceptions are tied for third in UCLA history with James Washington.


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Photo: UCLA safety Rahim Moore celebrates after making a stop of Washington State running back James Montgomery on a goal-line stand in 42-28 victory at the Rose Bowl. Credit: Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times