TCU safety Caylin Moore is pushing back against all the hardships and obstacles that could have stood in his way, and pushing forward to his place as a 2017 Rhodes scholar.
In an ESPN piece about Moore’s struggles, he acknowledges the fact 3.934 GPA and Fulbright scholarship were the result of hard work, his community and, perhaps, a little bit of God.
“I look at everything I’ve been through, everything I’m doing, it’s enough to reduce me to tears sometimes,” Moore told ESPN. “I’ve been through amazing, impossible things, to a point where it’s like, ‘Wow, hard work and opportunity wasn’t the only thing that did that.’ There was some divine intervention.”
The 22-year-old recounts doing pushups during childhood to help take his mind off of his hunger. The son of a convicted murderer and a sexual assault victim, Moore had many nights of being hungry in a bed that he shared with his mom and two siblings.
Moore uses pushups as a vehicle for how to live life: develop your mind and body through discipline and doing things the proper way. He founded an outreach program called S.P.A.R.K. (Strong Players Are Reaching Kids) after transferring to TCU, and he preaches that same mindset to the students at the disadvantaged school he visits in the Fort Worth region.
He persevered through life in south Los Angeles, collecting cans and bottles to afford cleats, shining in Snoop Dogg’s youth football league and going on to play at TCU and flourish academically.
After a back injury put his college football career at Marist College in jeopardy, he made the switch to TCU and never looked back.
He’s majoring in economics and minoring in math and sociology, and will attend the prestigious Oxford University in England in 2017.