SE: Moore to Honor Late Father with New Number in Battle with Baylor

Every day is an emotional challenge for K-State senior linebacker Charmeachealle Moore, who still struggles to cope with the tragic death of his father, also named Charmeachealle, last season. 

Moore, a man rooted in his faith, still finds himself pondering the questions: Why me? Why my family? They are understandable thoughts that may never fully dissipate from Moore’s mind, but he’s found ways to push past them, namely through his faith and football. 

“You’re not supposed to question God, but that question did come up. I still sometimes wonder why and what life would be like if he was still here,” Moore said. “I just have to keep on fighting and moving forward.”

Often times, Moore said football has been his “sanctuary,” an outlet for him to release burdensome emotions after his father died of a heart attack early in the 2015 season.  

“It’s helped me out a lot,” said Moore, tied for second on K-State with 50 tackles this season. “It let out a lot of anger, aggression. It helped me to keep moving and keep working, and it’s still helping. It’s hard every day, but you just have to keep on fighting.

“It’s been a challenging season. Every day when I get on the field, I just tell myself, ‘You’re on the field now.’ I kind of get a little peace because my dad always told me to use this to get away, and once you come through those doors, this is your sanctuary, so when you’re on the field, nothing else even matters. For that time being, through those two hours of practice or the 60 minutes in the game, just try to let go of everything and just play.”

Moore will play to honor his father on Saturday when K-State faces Baylor in Waco, Texas, and not only with the effort and determination he learned from him growing up. Additionally, Moore will switch jerseys from his normal number 52 to wear number 8, the number his father sported when he played at Baylor. 

When Moore approached K-State head coach Bill Snyder and sophomore defensive back Duke Shelley, who normally wears number 8 but will sport number 4 against Baylor, he received unanimous support. 

“It’s huge. I miss my dad and it’s going to be a big game for me,” Moore said of playing Baylor, where his father lettered in 1990 with 648 rushing yards and four touchdowns as a senior. “It’s very emotional and I wish he was going to be able to watch me, but he’ll be up in the sky watching me.”

Earlier this week, Moore said he watched tape from when his father, who he described as “a scat back,” played for the Bears. It only added to the emotion and excitement Moore, a native of Dallas, has for the game that he expects anywhere from 15 to 20 family members and close friends to be at. 

“It’s going to be a very emotional game,” Moore said. “I’m just honored to be able to wear the number.”

As meaningful as the one-game number switch will be, Moore tries to emulate his late father in many other ways in everyday life. 

Moore carries a strong faith, instilled in him by his father. He attempts to give his best effort in every aspect of his life, whether it’s on the field or at home with his wife and two children, another valuable life lesson from his father. 

“He fought, even when he was tired. Every time he came home, he was always in a happy mood. We talked every day, so he just told me to give it my best,” Moore said. “I try to teach that to my kids, teach that to my family, be a great husband to my wife and just be great like he was.”

When life starts to seem overwhelming, Moore remembers something his father, who built a landscaping company from the ground up, often reminded him. 

“He told me I have the heart of a lion. He used to tell me that all the time, and that I came from good stock and with God I can do all things,” Moore said. “It’s been true. It’s been tough and I’ve wanted to give up, but when I think of that, my family behind me, there’s a lot of people who are depending on me. I can’t give in.”

Moore’s teammates also can count on him to be a consistent force on defense, which will be key if K-State wants to end a four-game losing streak to Baylor in Waco that dates back to 2002.  

For Moore, however, a victory would be the perfect ending to an already emotionally packed setting. 

“It’s going to be one of the best feelings in the world. I can’t say the best because I think I’d have to answer to a couple of people,” said Moore, with a smile, of what a win would mean personally. “It’ll be a great feeling… a great, great feeling.”