Ahmad Rashād

Ahmad Rashād;[1](born November 19, 1949) is an American sportscaster (mostly with NBC Sports) and former professional football player. He was the fourth overall selection of the 1972 NFL Draft, taken by the St. Louis Cardinals.

An All-American running back and wide receiver from Oregon, Rashād was converted back to wide receiver while with the Cardinals, where he played for two seasons. He then played for the Buffalo Bills (1974), and most notably, the Minnesota Vikings (1976–1982), where he earned four Pro Bowl selections from 1978 to 1981.

Ahmad Rashād
Candid head and shoulders photograph of Rashad wearing a baseball cap bearing the Oregon Ducks logo
Rashād in January 2009
No. 28, 27
Position:Wide receiver
Personal information
Born:November 19, 1949 (age 69)
Portland, Oregon
Height:6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Weight:205 lb (93 kg)
Career information
High school:Tacoma (WA) Mount Tahoma
NFL Draft:1972 / Round: 1 / Pick: 4
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Receiving yards:6,831
Player stats at NFL.com
Player stats at PFR

Early life

Born Robert Earl Moore in 1949 in Portland, Oregon, he played high school football in Tacoma, Washington. Rashād graduated from Mount Tahoma High School[2] and accepted an athletic scholarship to the University of Oregon in Eugene. He played football for the Ducks under head coach Jerry Frei, became a member of Omega Psi Phi fraternity, and majored in elementary education at Oregon.[3]

During his junior year in college, Rashād had legal issues in Portland, and was charged with felony theft in November 1970.[4][5][6] He pleaded guilty to a reduced charge, a misdemeanor, in early 1971.[7]

In 1972, Rashād converted from Pentecostalism to Islam. He had started to study Islam in college.[8] A year later, Bobby Moore legally changed his name to Ahmad Rashād, which means "admirable one led to truth" in Arabic.[9][1] He adopted his last name from his Egyptian-American mentor, biochemist Rashad Khalifa,[10] with whom he studied Arabic.[11] Khalifa was assassinated in 1990.[10]

Football career

At Oregon, Rashād played wide receiver and wingback as a sophomore in 1969 and made the all-conference team.[12] He moved to running back, where he was an All-American in 1971 — in the same backfield with quarterback Dan Fouts.[2] Rashād was named to the College Football Hall of Fame on May 9, 2007.[13]

Rashād was the fourth player selected in the 1972 NFL Draft,[3] taken by the St. Louis Cardinals.[14] He made the UPI all-rookie team in 1972,[15] but second-year head coach Bob Hollway was fired after a 4-9-1 season. Don Coryell was the new head coach in 1973, and Rashād was traded after that season to the Buffalo Bills for backup quarterback Dennis Shaw.[16] In Buffalo, he roomed on the road with O.J. Simpson in 1974, but missed the 1975 season after a knee injury in the final pre-season game.[17]

Rashād was in the training camp of the expansion Seattle Seahawks, after signing as a free agent, then was traded days before the start of the 1976 regular season, sent to the Minnesota Vikings for a future draft pick.[18] He originally failed the Vikings' physical, but was kept on the team due to the actions of quarterback Fran Tarkenton.[9] The Vikings made it back to the Super Bowl that season, their last appearance through 2018.

During his professional football career, Rashād caught 495 passes for 6,831 yards and 44 touchdowns, while also rushing for 52 yards. The standout catch of his career came in a December 1980 game against the Cleveland Browns. Vikings quarterback Tommy Kramer threw a Hail Mary pass to Rashād that resulted in a come-from-behind 28-23 victory and a Central Division title for the Vikings. This became known as "The Miracle at the Met", or, alternatively, "The Miracle Catch". Rashād also has the distinction of the longest play from scrimmage that didn't score a touchdown: 98 yards in a 1972 game against the Rams.

Rashād replaced the same receiver, John Gilliam, in both St. Louis and Minnesota.

Broadcasting and television career

After his football career, Rashād covered NFL, NBA, and MLB[19] televised contests as a studio anchor and game reporter for NBC and ABC, as well as hosting NBA Inside Stuff for 16 seasons. He also has hosted the video-clip show Real TV in 2000, the reality show Celebrity Mole, the game show Caesars Challenge along with co-host Dan Doherty, and NBA Access with Ahmad Rashad on the ABC network.

He starred in an episode of Monsters. Rashād has also guest starred on several TV shows, mainly ones that starred his then-wife Phylicia. In 1988 he filled in for Robb Weller on the weekend edition of Entertainment Tonight (then known as Entertainment This Week). He used to interview long-time friend Michael Jordan frequently while he was at NBC. In early 2013, he became a panelist on the daily talk show Morning Drive on the Golf Channel, but left that summer. Rashād has narrated the yearly highlight films for NBA championship teams since 2012.

Personal life

Rashād has been married five times and divorced four. In 1969, he married his first wife Deidre Waters. They had a daughter, Keva, born in 1970. He also has a son, Sean, born in 1970.

In 1976, he married his second wife, Matilda Johnson. They had two children, daughter Maiyisha (born in 1976) and son Ahmad Jr. (born in 1978). They divorced in 1979.

In 1985, Rashād married actress Phylicia Ayers-Allen, known for her work on The Cosby Show. He proposed to her earlier that year on national television during the pregame show of NBC's broadcast of the Thanksgiving Day football game, between the Detroit Lions and the New York Jets.[20] It was the third marriage for each of them. Unike many actresses, Phylicia took her husband's surname. She has kept the name "Phylicia Rashād" as her professional one since their divorce. Out of this marriage, he gained a stepson Billy Bowles (born 1973). After a year of marriage, they had a daughter, Condola Phylea Rashād, named after his mother. In 2001, after nearly sixteen years of marriage, they divorced. In 2005 he met his first biological son Geoffery Simmons through Amara (formerly Medina Adoption Agency). Geoffery had been put up for adoption in 1967 when Rashad's then long-term girlfriend Melody Daniels (maiden name Neal) gave birth to baby boy Neal. Rashad went on to college and Melody went back to school as well. In 2007, Rashād wed his fourth wife, Sale Johnson (ex-wife of Woody Johnson, Johnson & Johnson billionaire heir and New York Jets owner). He gained three stepdaughters from this marriage: Casey Johnson (1977–2010), Jamie Johnson (b. 1982),[21] and Daisy Johnson (b. 1987). After Casey's death, they adopted Sale Johnson's granddaughter, Ava-Monroe (born August 14, 2006). They divorced in 2013.[22]

In 2016, he married Ana Luz Rodriguez-Paz, a psychologist in South Florida.[23]


  1. ^ a b "Bobby Moore has changed more than name". The Bulletin. (Bend, Oregon). Associated Press. October 23, 1973. p. 10.
  2. ^ a b "Moore exciting coaches and fans". Spokane Daily Chronicle. (Washington). October 27, 1971. p. 31.
  3. ^ a b "Moore 4th pick". Ellensburg Daily Record. (Washington). UPI. February 1, 1972. p. 7.
  4. ^ "Moore facing Portland theft attempt charge". Eugene Register-Guard. November 4, 1970. p. 1D.
  5. ^ Cawood, Neil (November 5, 1970). "Bobby Moore suspended for Air Force-Oregon battle". Eugene Register-Guard. (Oregon). p. 1C.
  6. ^ "Moore bound to grand jury". Eugene Register-Guard. November 23, 1970. p. 1C.
  7. ^ "UO's Moore on probation for one year". Eugene Register-Guard. (Oregon). January 5, 1971. p. 3B.
  8. ^ Baker, William J. (2007). "Playing With God: Religion and Modern Sport". Harvard University Press. p. 227. Retrieved December 26, 2014.
  9. ^ a b Olderman, Murray (July 26, 1981). "Rashad made a name for himself...twice". Pittsburgh Press. p. D-2.
  10. ^ a b Brownfield, Paul (January 2, 2013). "Briefly a Rising Star, Forever a Mourning Son". The New York Times. Retrieved February 17, 2013.
  11. ^ Olderman, Murray (July 26, 1981). "Rashad made a name for himself...twice". Pittsburgh Press. p. D-2.
  12. ^ "Bobby Moore all Pacific-8". Eugene Register-Guard. (Oregon). November 30, 1969. p. 1B.
  13. ^ Ahmad Rashād at the College Football Hall of Fame
  14. ^ "Moore, Drougas taken in first round". Eugene Register-Guard. (Oregon). February 1, 1972. p. 1B.
  15. ^ "Three ex-Ducks get rookie spots". Eugene Register-Guard. (Oregon). UPI. December 24, 1972. p. 4B.
  16. ^ "Cards get Bills' Shaw". Palm Beach Post. Associated Press. January 27, 1974. p. E2.
  17. ^ Baker, Tony (July 21, 1976). "Rashad is on the road back". Eugene Register-Guard. (Oregon). Associated Press. p. 3B.
  18. ^ "Rashad dealt by Seahawks; Picard placed on waivers". Spokane Daily Chronicle. (Washington). Associated Press. September 8, 1976. p. 19.
  19. ^ 1987 04 25 NBC GOW Baltimore Orioles at Milwaukee Brewers on YouTube
  20. ^ Moses, Gavin (December 16, 1985). "Sportscaster Ahmad Rashad Scores with a Televised Proposal to Cosby's Phylicia Ayers-Allen". People. Retrieved November 18, 2008.
  21. ^ Vanity Fair, September 2006
  22. ^ "Ahmad Rashad Divorcing Sale Johnson". People. February 11, 2013. Retrieved March 4, 2013.
  23. ^ MaGee, Ny (May 25, 2016). "Ahmad Rashad Gets Married For Fifth Time". EURweb. Retrieved May 5, 2018.


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1969 Oregon Webfoots football team

The 1969 Oregon Webfoots football team represented the University of Oregon during the 1969 college football season. Home games were played on campus in Eugene at Autzen Stadium. Opened two years earlier in 1967 with natural grass, the field was switched to AstroTurf and lights were added prior to this season.Under third-year head coach Jerry Frei, the Ducks were 5–5–1 overall and 2–3 in the Pacific-8 Conference; they did not play USC or California and the two league wins were over the Washington schools. After four road games in the first five, Oregon began a five-game home stand in late October with wins over Washington and Idaho and climbed to 4–3.After a tie with Army, the Ducks met UCLA for the first time since 1958, the final season of the Pacific Coast Conference (PCC); it was the Bruins' first visit to Eugene since 1953. Seventh-ranked, UCLA's high-scoring offense had not fared well on artificial turf, and needed a late interception by the Bruin defense to remain undefeated and escape with a 13–10 win. The following week, Oregon State won their sixth consecutive Civil War game, the first on fake grass.

The season finale, a 57–16 win at overmatched Hawaii, put the Ducks back to .500 for eleven games. (Hawaii was in the college division (later Division II) until 1974.)

Sophomore wingback Bobby Moore (Ahmad Rashād) was named to the all-conference team.

1971 Oregon Webfoots football team

The 1971 Oregon Webfoots football team represented the University of Oregon during the 1971 college football season. Home games were played in Eugene at Autzen Stadium.

Led by fifth-year head coach Jerry Frei, the Ducks were 5–6 overall and 2–4 in the Pacific-8 Conference. They did not play UCLA and lost the Civil War to Oregon State for an eighth consecutive year.Oregon was led by junior quarterback Dan Fouts and senior All-American halfback Bobby Moore (Ahmad Rashād), the fourth overall pick of the 1972 NFL Draft, taken by the St. Louis Cardinals. Rashād played ten seasons in the NFL, primarily as a wide receiver with the Minnesota Vikings.

Two months after the season, Frei resigned as head coach on January 19, 1972, and assistant coach Dick Enright was promoted two weeks later.

1979 Pro Bowl

The 1979 Pro Bowl was the NFL's 29th annual all-star game which featured the outstanding performers from the 1978 season. The game was played on Monday, January 29, 1979, at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum in Los Angeles, California before a crowd of 38,333. The final score was NFC 13, AFC 7.Bum Phillips of the Houston Oilers lead the AFC team against an NFC team coached by Los Angeles Rams head coach Ray Malavasi. The referee was Jerry Markbreit in his second year as a referee.Ahmad Rashād of the Minnesota Vikings was named the game's Most Valuable Player. Players on the winning NFC team received $5,000 apiece while the AFC participants each took home $2,500.As of 2019, this was the last Pro Bowl to be played on a Monday, and the last one to be played in Los Angeles. It was the last one to be played outside Hawaii until the 2010 Pro Bowl which was in Miami Gardens, Florida.

This was also the first Pro Bowl to have players sport their respective team helmets, a custom that still stands today.

1980 Minnesota Vikings season

The 1980 Minnesota Vikings season was the team's 20th year in the National Football League's 61st season. The Vikings finished with a record of nine wins and seven losses. The Vikings won the NFC Central division, winning the tiebreaker with Detroit, who also had a 9–7 record.

The most dramatic game of the season came in a Week 15 home game against Cleveland, with Minnesota at 8–6. The Vikings came back from a fourteen-point deficit to come within 23–22, with only 0:05 left on the clock from Cleveland's 46-yard line. (The Vikings had missed two field goals and two extra points during the game.) Quarterback Tommy Kramer threw a Hail Mary Pass which was caught by Ahmad Rashād at the two yard line. Rashād backed into the end zone to give Minnesota a 28–23 win with no time left.

1989 Soul Train Music Awards

The 1989 Soul Train Music Awards was held at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, California and aired live in select cities on April 13, 1989 (and was later syndicated in other areas), honoring the best in R&B, soul, rap, jazz, and gospel music from the previous year. The show was hosted by Patti LaBelle, Ahmad Rashād and Dionne Warwick.

Bobby Moore (disambiguation)

Bobby Moore (1941–1993) was an English footballer.

Bobby Moore is also the name of:

Bobby Moore (pitcher) (1958–2015), former Major League Baseball pitcher for the San Francisco Giants

Bobby Moore (outfielder) (born 1965), former Major League Baseball outfielder for the Kansas City Royals

Bobby Moore (motorcyclist), former world champion motocross racer

Ahmad Rashād (born Robert Earl Moore, 1949), former American football player and current sportscaster

Bobby Moore & the Rhythm Aces (1930–2006), 1960s R&B group

Statue of Bobby Moore, Wembley, a 2007 statue of the footballer outside Wembley Stadium, London

Caesars Challenge

Caesars Challenge is an American game show that aired on NBC from June 14, 1993 to January 14, 1994 and emanated from the Circus Maximus Theatre inside Caesars Palace in Las Vegas, Nevada. Ahmad Rashād hosted the series and, in keeping with the theme of the show's location, he was assisted by a man dressed as a Roman gladiator. Dan Doherty played the role for most of the show's run, with Chad Brown and Zach Ruby handling the earliest episodes before Doherty joined the show.

The show was a co-production of Rosner Television and Stephen J. Cannell Productions, and was the only game show that was produced by the latter company.

List of AFC Championship Game broadcasters

The following is a list of the television and radio networks and announcers who have broadcast the American Football Conference Championship Game throughout the years. The years listed concentrate on the season instead of the calendar year that the game took place. The forerunner to the AFC Championship Game (prior to the 1970 AFL–NFL merger) was the AFL Championship Game.

List of NBA All-Star Game broadcasters

The following is a list of American television and radio networks and announcers that have nationally broadcast the NBA All-Star Games throughout the years.

List of NBA Finals broadcasters

The following is a list of the television and radio networks and announcers that have broadcast NBA Finals games over the years.

List of NFL on NBC commentator pairings

The first name that's slated is the play-by-play man while the color commentator or commentators are slated second and sideline reporters, if used, are slated last.

List of Outback Bowl broadcasters

The following is a list of the television networks and announcers who have broadcast college football's Outback Bowl throughout the years.

Michael Jordan to the Max

Michael Jordan to the Max is an IMAX documentary film released in 2000. The film is about the life and career of basketball player Michael Jordan, focusing mainly on his 1998 NBA Playoffs and other significant achievements in his career. It is narrated by Laurence Fishburne.

The film includes appearances by numerous celebrities and professional athletes including Phil Jackson, Doug Collins, Bob Costas, Bill Murray, Ken Griffey, Jr., Steve Kerr, Spike Lee, Willie Mays, Stan Musial, Ahmad Rashād, and Pat Riley.

NBA Access with Ahmad Rashad

NBA Access with Ahmad Rashad is an American television program which initially aired on Saturday afternoons on ABC. The program details the behind-the-scenes activities of NBA players, coaches and officials, and serves as a replacement for NBA Inside Stuff. On American markets, the show is still aired; however, it is now moved to NBA TV beginning with the 2008-09 season. Ahmad Rashād has been the only host of this show and has brought on the show famous NBA athletes and coaches such as Kobe Bryant, Phil Jackson, Vince Carter, and many more. NBA Access was also a 30-minute real-life drama television series produced by NBA Entertainment that also chronicled the lives of larger-than-life NBA stars.

NBA Access with Ahmad Rashad presented the NBA’s compelling story lines in the style of a television drama and provided viewers with first-person perspective of its main characters, which included league stars such as Shaquille O’Neal, Richard Jefferson, Carmelo Anthony, Dwight Howard, and Chris Paul. The show delivered exclusive and unprecedented NBA access, and with such access, it was poised to capture the emotional and engaging story lines that emerged in the NBA season.

Also featured in this series were the Maloof brothers, the owners of the Sacramento Kings and Suns head coach Mike D’Antoni. NBA Access with Ahmad Rashad also took a broader approach by going behind-the-scenes with two teams throughout the season: the Detroit Pistons and Denver Nuggets. Rashad hosted the show from a new set at NBA Entertainment’s studios in Secaucus, N.J., which featured a collection of sports fan memorabilia.

NBA Inside Stuff

NBA Inside Stuff is a television program airing on NBA TV and previously aired on NBC for many years, then on ABC, featuring behind the scenes activities of NBA players. The program also includes features on fitness and fundamentals of basketball. Previously hosted by Ahmad Rashād (and once co-hosted by Julie Moran, and then Willow Bay) and Summer Sanders, the show is now hosted by former NBA star Grant Hill and Kristen Ledlow.

NBA Showtime

NBA Showtime is the pregame show aired before each NBA on NBC telecast. The program, a half-hour in length, began during the 1990–91 NBA season, and was initially hosted by Bob Costas. Costas left in the mid-1990s, and became lead play-by-play voice of The NBA on NBC in 1997. Hannah Storm replaced Costas and hosted Showtime until Ahmad Rashād replaced her as host of the pregame show when Storm went on maternity leave in 2001. Storm returned in 2002 which meant that her and Rashad would alternate as hosts throughout the season. NBC kept the title of Showtime prior to the 2000–01 NBA season.

Showtime analysts included:

Quinn Buckner 1991–1993

P. J. Carlesimo 2000–2001

Pat Croce 2001–2002

Julius Erving 1993–1997

Mike Fratello 2001–2002

Kevin Johnson 2000–2001

Pat Riley 1990–1991

John Salley 1997–1998

Isiah Thomas 1998–2000

Tom Tolbert 2002

Peter Vecsey 1990–2001

Jayson Williams 2001–2002Midway Games created an NBA Showtime arcade game in 1999. The game was an update to the NBA Jam series, and used the same opening music and presentation style as the television show.


Rashad is a surname and a given name which may refer to:


Ahmad Rashād, American sportcaster and former professional football player

Ali Akbar Rashad, Iranian philosopher and Islamic scholar

Phylicia Rashād, American actressGiven name:

Rashad Evans, American mixed martial arts fighter

Rashad Fenton, American football player

Rashad Jennings, American football player in the National Football League

Rashad Khalifa, Egyptian-American biochemist

Rashad Ross, American football player

DJ Rashad, American electronic musician, producer and DJ Rashad Harden

The Mole (American TV series)

The Mole was an American reality game show that aired on ABC. It was based on other versions of Belgian TV series The Mole that have aired in numerous countries. The Mole was produced by Stone Stanley Entertainment for its first four seasons. It was canceled but was later picked up again after a four-year hiatus. The fifth season was produced by Stone & Co. Entertainment.

The series is a reality competition in which the contestants work as a group to add money to a pot that only one of them will eventually win. Among the contestants is one person who has been designated "the Mole" by the producers and is tasked with sabotaging the group's money-making efforts. At the end of each episode, the contestant who knows the least about the mole, as decided by the results of a quiz, is eliminated from the game.

The series was first hosted by news reporter Anderson Cooper; for the third season, Ahmad Rashād replaced Cooper, and Rashād was in turn replaced by Jon Kelley for the fifth season. The third and fourth seasons featured celebrity contestants instead of average citizens. The series' logo is a bright green thumbprint.


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