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Denniston “DJ” Moore was born April 14, 1997, in Delaware County, Pennsylvania. He is the youngest of three children to his mother, Donna “Cookie” Ridley.
Before Moore began football, he started his athletic career at age four playing for the Penrose Park Association, on the ‘Rangers Baseball team where he played for two years.
From the age of eight to seventeen, Moore ran track for teams Cambria, Mallery Challengers, and his high school, Imhotep Institute Charter High School. He ran 55m, 100m, 200m, 400m, 800m, 4×100, 4×400, 4×800, Long Jump and Hurdles.
At age two, Moore watched the football program practices at the organization that his mom volunteered and where his sister was a cheerleader. At age six he started his football career at the Mt. Airy Bantams Youth Association. He played multiple positions: running back, safety, corner, quarterback, receiver, punter and kicker. He stayed with the Bantams for 8 years, learning the basic skills and disciplines that he would eventually take with him to high school, college, and ultimately, the NFL.
After graduating out of youth football, Moore started his next journey with the Imhotep Panthers where in his freshman year he played on both the junior varsity and varsity team. Moore played on the varsity team for all four years of high school, playing multiple positions: receiver, quarterback, punter and kicker. In his junior year, he had 39 receptions for 832 yards and 13 touchdowns.
He went on to break city records for most field goals made and in his senior year in 2014, he was named the MVP wide receiver and received 3A All-State honors, catching 35 receptions for 1,012 yards and 16 touchdowns.
In February 2019, Moore was inducted into Imhotep’s Hall of Fame, and became the only person in the school to have his jersey retired. No-one will wear #23 for the Imhotep Panthers again.
Moore signed with the University of Maryland Terrapins in February 2015, graduated high school later that year, and began training with his new team that summer. At Maryland, Moore excelled remarkably, starting 35 out of 37 games. In his junior and last year at Maryland, Moore set a school record with 80 receptions for 1,033 yards and eight complete touchdowns. After the season, he was named in the First Team All-Big-Ten and the Big Ten Receiver of the Year.
He completed his college career with 146 receptions, ranking him fifth in Maryland history, and 2,027 receiving yards, making him the fifth Maryland player to surpass the 2,000 career receiving yards mark.
During Moore’s junior year, Moore was offered to forgo the rest of his college career and begin making steps to pursue a professional career in football. In December 2017, Moore announced his intentions of going to the NFL, and a month later he was invited to the NFL Combine. There, he recorded the second-best vertical jump and ran the 40-yard dash in 4.43 seconds.
On April 26, 2018, Moore was drafted by the Carolina Panthers in the first round, the first Wide Receiver to be picked and the 24th overall pick. A month later, he began rookie training.