William “Bucky” Moore – Greater New Orleans Sports Hall of Fame
William “Bucky” Moore became known as the “Dixie Flyer” when he spearheaded Loyola’s only unbeaten and untied (10-0-0) football team in 1926. The Wolfpack captured the national scoring championships with 355 points while allowing just 30 total points as the hard-running halfback averaged 133 yards a game. His season rushing total of 1,331 yards was the national record at the time – shattering the previous record set by the legendary Red Grange from Illinois.
, sports editor of the now-defunct New Orleans Item and also a member of the Greater New Orleans Sports Hall of Fame, first saw Moore play in a 38-0 victory over Detroit. Digby wrote, “We doubt if any back hereabouts in recent years was any better than Moore. He has brains and speed and courage, plus natural ability seldom found in a young chap of 20. He is a cyclone all by himself – sweeping around the ends, crashing over the giants in the line, blowing them over … like a cyclone on the plains of Kansas.”
After being injured during most of 1927, he returned in 1928 and was a sensation in most every game. Top highlights included scoring on a 98-yard run against Ole Miss and a 93-yard run against Spring Hill as he earned All-Southern recognition for the second time. He rushed for 50 or more yards 28 times in his career, including 12 times in 1926.
Following his collegiate career, the McComb, Miss., native played two seasons of professional football with the Chicago Cardinals and the Pittsburgh Pirates.
Born on May 5, 1905, Moore was a charter member of the Loyola Athletics Hall of Fame (1964) and was elected to the Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame in 1965. He died on December 18, 1980.