Smallest Colts player continues to come up big on defense

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KANSAS CITY (WTHR) — There was a time not too long ago when Colts cornerback Kenny Moore watched football instead of playing it.

“The reason I started playing so late was because I thought I was too small to play," Moore admitted.

Moore played football as a kid but stopped when he got to high school. It wasn't until his senior year that a good friend was able to convince him to play again. At 5'9", Moore is shorter than most on a football field. Despite his height, Moore went on to have stellar college career at Valdosta State. He was eventually picked up by the New England Patriots as an undrafted free agent in 2017.

But after going through preseason with the Patriots, Moore was released.

“That was the first time in my life I felt like I wasn't good enough.”

The Colts, though, saw something and brought him to Indianapolis.

This season, Moore has morphed into a key component on the defense. He leads the unit with three interceptions, including one against the Titans to eventually send the Colts to the playoffs. He's even earned the label of "lightning in a bottle" from defensive coordinator Matt Eberflus because of his small statue and big play-making ability.

“Thankfully they saw good things when they saw my tape from New England," he said.

Moore's message to shorter players like him is to have perseverance because if he can make it, so can you.