About the Joe Moore Award

The Foundation for Teamwork presents the JOE MOORE AWARD, recognizing the Most Outstanding Offensive Line Unit in College Football.  The award is named after Joe Moore, widely regarded as the best offensive line coach in college football history, and is the only major college football award to honor a unit. 

The Joe Moore Award annually recognizes the nation’s Most Outstanding Offensive Line Unit that best displays toughness, effort, teamwork, consistency, technique, and “finishing”. The voting committee is comprised of college football experts, especially people who played or coached the offensive line position, including all of the current offensive line coaches at the Division I/FBS level as well as former players, coaches, colleagues of Coach Moore and select media.

About Coach Joe Moore

The award is designed to preserve the legacy of Joe Moore, who coached most notably at the University of Pittsburgh and Notre Dame. Moore died of lung cancer in 2003.  He was responsible for developing the skills of several All-Americans throughout his storied career, including Bill Fralic, Mark May, Russ Grimm, Jimbo Covert, Mark Stepnowski, Aaron Taylor, and Andy Heck. Coach Moore sent 52 players on to the NFL, several of whom are in the Pro and College Football Hall of Fame.

When God decided to create a football coach he created Joe Moore, then broke the mold. He had a unique way of pushing you beyond even your own expectations and then took great pride in seeing you succeed. I loved him and respected him and owe my entire career to him.
— Jimbo Covert, 1981-82 All-American OT (Pitt), College Football Hall of Fame 2003
Joe had a unique ability to motivate his players to perform above their ability. His players were always the best prepared – both mentally and physically – and he found his reward in their achievement. It’s great to see an award that will honor his commitment to take young adults and turn them into productive men.
— Jackie Sherrill, legendary college football coach
I am honored to be a part of the committee charged with selecting the recipients of the Joe Moore Award. Joe was the best teacher of offensive linemen that I’ve ever been around and no one got more out of his players than Joe did. It is only right that this award honors Joe’s name and his legacy.
— Barry Alvarez, former Wisconsin Head Coach and current Director of Athletics
Coach Moore was a man of principle, and the principles he embodied helped us become the best versions of ourselves. His focus on toughness, teamwork and hard work helped us become better football players, and made us better men. The Joe Moore Award is an appropriate symbol of that legacy.
— Aaron Taylor, the 1993 Lombardi Award winner (Notre Dame) and Chairman of the Moore Award Voting Committee