WBEZ | Emery Moorehead http://www.wbez.org/tags/emery-moorehead Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en A pre-Harbaugh Super Bowl family affair http://www.wbez.org/blogs/cheryl-raye-stout/2013-01/pre-harbaugh-super-bowl-family-affair-105231 <p><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/2007%20bears%20Super%20Bowl%20rsz.jpg" style="width: 300px; float: right; height: 231px" title="When the Bears played in Super Bowl XLV it was a conflict for former Bear Emery Moorehead. (AP Photo)" />Between the snacks, the office pools and the Super Bowl ads, there is a game to be played on Sunday. One of the biggest storylines this week has been about one family.</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">San Francisco head coach (and former Bear quarterback) Jim Harbaugh and his 49ers will face his older brother, John Harbaugh and his Baltimore Ravens.</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">This is a first time in NFL history brothers are in these roles and the dilemma for their parents Jack and Jackie Harbaugh is whether to choose sides.</div><p>There was a Chicago story that had a similar complexity when the Bears lost to the Indianapolis Colts in the Super Bowl six years ago.&nbsp;</p><p>The Colts had a young wide receiver Aaron Moorehead and his father, Emery an Evanston native was a member of the 1985 Super Bowl Champion Bears. Aaron grew up in the Chicago-area, played ball at Deerfield High School and went to the University of Illinois. He was a Bear fan and can still remember as a kindergartener the experience of Super Bowl XX, &quot;You remember it being a very big deal,&rdquo; said Aaron.</p><p>According to his dad, his son was very popular with his young classmates. It was touching to learn that Aaron&rsquo;s class had made a paper mache bowl and the students filled it with &ldquo;good luck&rdquo; notes for the Bears tight end-- Emery still has it.</p><p>For Aaron, his childhood was filled with the legendary players from that Bear team that taught him life lessons, &quot;My goals are never unreachable and no moment was too big for me&mdash;these guys were it.&rdquo; He maintains friendships with some of the player&rsquo;s children.</p><p>The Bears-- a team that was a huge factor in this family would play a different role for the younger Moorehead-- as an opponent. As an undrafted wide receiver from Illinois, he was signed by Indianapolis in 2003. His dad said Aaron cemented his roster spot by having a good pre-season game---against the Bears.</p><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/rsz_bears_super_bowl_1-27-1986.jpg" style="width: 250px; float: left; height: 167px" title="Emery Moorehead stand to the right of Coach Ditka Super Bowl XX. (AP Photo/Jeff Robbins)" />The real glory would come in Miami when the Colts and Bears meet for the Super Bowl XLV. Here was a kid that grew up as a Bear fan, his dad was a Bear and all of his friends loved the Bears. &ldquo;It was a conflict for me-none of my friends rooted for me,&rdquo; says Aaron, &ldquo;The one chance I get to go to the Super Bowl it is against the team rooted for my entire life.&rdquo; Both Mooreheads enjoyed the week before the Super Bowl, Aaron said his father advised him to refrain from partying before the game, but enjoy the experience. They had dinner on Friday&nbsp;and Aaron sort of felt his Dad was sitting on the fence and told him he had to choose a team. Emery did, but it had to be difficult, &ldquo;Playing the Bears splits your feelings; you always pull for your family.&rdquo; &nbsp;The outcome was great for Aaron; he had five catches for 41 yards in the 29-17 win for Indianapolis. While his former team lost the game, Emery thought they would have more opportunities for the Bears&nbsp;to return to the title game&mdash;of course it has not happened.</div><p>After the Super Bowl, the elder Moorehead said it was &ldquo;very emotion and very draining.&rdquo; He added it is very hard to watch and not be able to help his son.</p><p>Schedules make it difficult for Emery to spend time with his son during the Super Bowl, Aaron landed a new job as the wide receiver coach for Virginia Tech and has to recruit players. Nice that he has Super Bowl credentials talking to players.</p><p>Emery and Aaron know Sunday will have a difficult time for the Harbaugh family cheering during this game (you can bet the TV cameras will be focused on them).&nbsp;The Mooreheads are familiar with this close-knit family; Aaron was one of Jim&rsquo;s assistants at Stanford. Emery&nbsp; was Jim&#39;s former teammate, &ldquo;I can only imagine the stress for the family, you can&rsquo;t pick a side, you love them equally.&rdquo; At least for the Mooreheads it was family and a team, not choosing between family members. They did make history of their own, they were the first father and son duo to become Super Bowl winners. Unfortunately, for the Harbaugh family, there will be one winner and one loser.</p><p>Follow Cheryl on Twitter <a href="https://twitter.com/Crayestout" target="_blank">@CRayeStout</a> and Facebook <a href="http://www.facebook.com/CherylAtTheGame" target="_blank">Cheryl Raye Stout #AtTheGame </a></p></p> Fri, 01 Feb 2013 06:00:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/cheryl-raye-stout/2013-01/pre-harbaugh-super-bowl-family-affair-105231 Life after pro football http://www.wbez.org/blogs/bez/2012-05/life-after-pro-football-99020 <p><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/RS5482_AndreRison-Broke-scr.jpg" style="width: 610px; height: 343px;" title="Andre Rison (Courtesy of ESPN Films)"></div><p>Fresh-faced rookies are scheduled to report Halas Hall Friday for mini-camp. Many presume rookies spend that time practicing, running drills, watching film and memorizing the Bears playbook—and there will plenty of that to be sure. But rookies will also receive some much-needed career counseling and financial planning advice. The average NFL career is between three and four years; that’s a frequently-cited statistic. In spite of that, most rookies enter camp, chests puffed, with the mindset that they’re going to be a 10-year-plus player. And in many ways, they have to think that way; to compete at the professional level, against other topflight athletes, they have to believe they’re superheroes, super human—indestructible.<br><br>The reality is that many will not make it through their first season—most will not make it more than a few years beyond that. And every player’s earning potential and long-term health will likely be stunted before their 30th birthday. The recent suicide of Junior Seau accelerated ongoing discussions about the various physical, emotional and financial difficulties associated with life after pro football. Many NFL players are idolized and worshipped and paid handsomely—for a time. But like it or not, these young men enter the league with an expiration date. Imagine starting—and finishing—your own career by the time you were 26 years old. Better still, imagine winning the lottery at 22 years old and making that money last.</p><p>According to <em>Sports Illustrated</em>, 78 percent of NFL players and 60 percent of NBA players file for bankruptcy within five years of retirement. Most people are appalled by that figure. But there's really no fair comparison—unless, does anyone have numbers on 20-something Mega Ball winners? On young investment bankers who made it big—and made it last?</p><p>Former Chicago Cub and baseball analyst <a href="http://www.dougglanville.com" target="_blank">Doug Glanville</a> spent nine years in the Major League. He <a href="http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2012/05/05/junior-seau-and-life-after-sports.html" target="_blank">recently wrote</a> about the difficult transition to retirement following Seau’s death. He reminds readers that more often than not, a player does not arrive at his new destination willingly. And asks, if years playing ball are supposed to be the best of your life—what is there to look forward to?</p><p>“When leaving the game, most players have spent countless hours and years denying their emotions to be able to perform: I am not hurt; I am not tired; I do not have doubt; I do not need drugs; I do not feel empty. NFL warriors don’t embrace vulnerability. Accepting those feelings is like having one foot out the career door, but counter to the culture, it is the key to having a reciprocal relationship with a spouse or a child,” Glanville wrote.</p><p>Filmmaker Billy Corben was shooting a movie for ESPN’s <a href="http://30for30.espn.com" target="_blank"><em>30 for 30</em></a> series on the University of Miami football program when he interviewed former NFL quarterback Bernie Kosar. When they met, Kosar showed up with some very stressed-looking business associates. Less than a week later, the front page of the <em>Miami Herald</em> featured a story about Kosar declaring bankruptcy.</p><p>Corben, like many of us, wondered: how the hell does anyone blow that much money? So he started digging. Corben just recently screened his second ESPN film venture, <a href="http://sports.espn.go.com/espn/feature/index?page=tribecafilmfestival" target="_blank"><em>Broke</em></a>, at the Tribeca Film Festival. The film features vulnerable confessions from retired stars, detailing the various drains and strains on their bank accounts.</p><p>Corben joins Steve Edwards, former Chicago Bear and Super Bowl champion <a href="http://www.emerymoorehead87.com/" target="_blank">Emery Moorehead</a> and <a href="http://www.kellogg.northwestern.edu/Faculty/Directory/Rogers_Steven.aspx" target="_blank">Steven Rogers</a>, the Gordon and Llura Gund Family Distinguished Professor of Entrepreneurship at the Kellogg School of Management where he also runs the NFL Business Management and Entrepreneurial Program, about the reality of life after professional football on Thursday’s <em>Afternoon Shift.</em></p></p> Thu, 10 May 2012 13:48:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/bez/2012-05/life-after-pro-football-99020 The 1985 Bears talk about today's hard hits http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/1985-bears-talk-about-todays-hard-hits <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/segment/photo/2010-November/2010-11-04/cutler down resize.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>In October, National Football League commissioner Roger Goodell sent a <a href="http://www.sportsillustrated.com/2010/football/nfl/10/20/goodell.text.ap/index.html">memo</a> to all 32 teams teams with a message expressing the league's priority to protect its players. He warned players of potential suspensions and instructed officials to exercise their authority.<br /><br />Some think recent fines are excessive and ineffective. Others think enforcement will interfere with the game Americans love. So we asked Chicago's most beloved team. Former coach Mike Ditka and players from the Bears 1985 Super Bowl team talked about the recent uproar.</p></p> Thu, 04 Nov 2010 21:51:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/1985-bears-talk-about-todays-hard-hits