Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Sky Moore (24) celebrates with a touchdown against the Philadelphia Eagles during the second half of the NFL Super Bowl 57 football game, Sunday, February 12, 2023, in Glendale, Arizona. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (WDAF) – This was a great finish for Skyy Moore’s rookie season, as he won the Super Bowl to top it.
But, it wasn’t always easy for Moore, who struggled early in the season.
Coming from Western Michigan, Moore put up strong numbers with 95 receptions for 1,292 yards and 10 touchdowns in 12 games his senior year before being declared for the draft.
So with Moore not getting a lot of picks to start the season and playing behind multiple receivers, he knew he had to adapt.
He also had issues handling punts early in the regular season, resulting in multiple misses.
But the novice did not become phased.
“You come in as a rookie, you get drafted in the second round, and you want to be the best you can be,” said Moore. “You want to be Rookie of the Year, have all the accolades, all the accomplishments and all the recognition, but that’s just not how it went for me this year. I came to the Super Bowl.”
Moore had to learn to adapt to the president’s winning culture while also taking a back seat.
“I had to learn the way Kansas City does it. They didn’t really need me to jump in there and be the guy.”
The way bosses do things hasn’t necessarily been a quick process for Moore, either.
“It took me a little minute to learn it too, like the whole offense and the way the coaches want to get things done and the way Pat [Patrick Mahomes] I want to get stuff done, but I probably should have gotten the hang of it by game four and five, like, “Okay, now I’m getting into culture.”
Those early season times helped him and even gave him confidence.
“I really feel as confident as I’ve ever felt,” said Moore. “I felt like I needed to, and that was part of my job. And if they showed me anything, they showed me, like, when you come here, no one is above the operation to a boss. You see, that’s why we’re where we are, and that’s why we go to Where we’re going. Next year is going to be crazy.”
Moore’s confidence was evident in the playoffs, as he played his best season.
His 29-yard return against the Bengals late in the fourth quarter of the AFC Championship Game was key to putting the Chiefs in prime position for Harrison Butker’s field goal.
He also scored his first touchdown of the year in the fourth quarter of the Super Bowl to put the Chiefs up 35-27 on a four-yard pass from Patrick Mahomes.
Moore has built a lot of momentum in his sophomore season and is expected to have a bigger role on offense and take the leap to production.