South Jersey high school football player excels on field despite limb difference, wows Jason Kelce

"The only thing I really knew is that I'd have to work, double, triple, quadruple times hard as everybody else," Moore said.

Jamie Apody Image
Wednesday, July 27, 2022
EMBED <>More Videos

INSPIRING: Delran's Colin Moore was born missing a lower part of his arm. But that has never stopped him. His drive has even caught the attention of Eagles' Jason Kelce.

DELRAN, New Jersey (WPVI) -- When you watch 16-year-old Colin Moore play football, you can tell he puts his heart and soul into the game.

But you might not be able to tell that he does so without a vital part of his body.

"I've always had to have a mind of steel, heart of gold, and just move forward no matter what," Moore said.

The Delran High School junior was born missing the lower portion of his right arm. While the limb difference has never stopped him, it has been an obstacle in his life.

Colin Moore

"The only thing I really knew is that I'd have to work, double, triple, quadruple times hard as everybody else," Moore said.

On the football field, Moore hopes to be the starting center -- a position that requires tremendous lower and upper body strength.

"I make up for it with speed and strength," Moore said.

He hits the weight room hard and recently cleaned a personal record of 165 pounds.

So would he say that having to compensate has made him stronger than pretty much any athlete he sees out there?

"Yeah, and just a lot of the doubt that other people have when I told people what I wanted to do," he said.

His coach, Frank Holmes, told Action News, "The thing I can say about Colin is this: he was born with a challenging situation, life kind of threw him a curveball, but every day he knocks that curveball out of the park. His attitude, intense focus, he is positive self-taught, he is just complete intensity in everything he does."

It's that underdog mentality that brings to mind another stud center in our area -- Philadelphia Eagles' Jason Kelce.

Moore said he aspires to be like Kelce.

"Yeah for sure," says Moore. "Big man, tough guy. For sure. I look up to that kind of stuff."

Action News' Jamie Apody shares a special message from Jason Kelce during an interview with Colin Moore.

Kelce even sent Moore a message after Action News shared video of his weightlifting success.

"Hey Colin, Jason Kelce here. I just got done watching that video -- that one-arm power clean. And man -- you are an inspiration brother," Kelce said. "You are an inspiration to me, the epitome of perseverance, the epitome of hungry dogs run faster. And I got to tell you -- I think I speak on behalf of the rest of the Philadelphia Eagles offensive line, we would love to invite you down to training camp brother. I need to meet you. We need to meet you. We need that energy to rub off on us this year. It would be our honor for you to come by, Colin. Please. Love the way you work, love that energy. Keep on keeping on, brother."

Moore said "for sure" he'd be up for meeting Kelce and the Birds.

"I was not expecting something like that," Moore said. "That's insane."