DENVER (CBS4) – If Broncos fans were worried about the chemistry between Broncos safeties T.J. Ward and Rahim Moore, they shouldn’t be. Ward and Moore are new teammates but long-time friends.
“I know his whole family, he knows my family,” Moore says. “It’s a small world. His sister went to my school, so she’s like a sister to me.”
“One of his best friends dated my sister,” Ward adds. Just then Moore walks over and interrupts the interview, hugging Ward and telling him he will miss him during the Broncos break for the bye week.
“See? That’s what I am talking about right there,” Ward says.
During their college careers, Ward and Moore played at rival Pac-10 schools (Oregon and UCLA), but the safeties would still call each other to talk football.
“Hours and hours,” says Moore. “If I did something wrong, he would tell me and I would also correct him. It was the Pac-10, and we were always watching each other and also sharing our knowledge on the other teams.”
Moore and Ward say their friendship didn’t play a role in Ward signing with the Broncos, but Moore was quick to welcome his new teammate.
“The minute he signed I texted him: I want to be the best safety tandem they’ve ever seen,” Moore says.
“It’s funny how things work out,” Ward says. “To be on the same team, is something we can build off of.”
As for their former Pac-10 matchups, Moore admits Ward had the upper hand there.
“He beat us every time,” Moore says. “I don’t want to live in the past. It was ugly.”
But for the present, so far the pairing is working out pretty nicely for the Broncos.