FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — New England Patriots rookie defensive end Zach Moore has taken the path never traveled before to make it to the NFL. He is the first player in the history of Division II Concordia-St. Paul to be drafted.

So it’s no wonder when he was asked to sum up life as a Patriot, he responded this way: “It’s the greatest job in the world.”

Moore, whose striking resemblance to Indiana Pacers center Roy Hibbert has earned him the nickname “Roy” among teammates, was one of the Patriots’ three sixth-round picks (198th overall). He played in the season opener at Miami as part of the punt-return unit, before he was a healthy scratch last week in Minnesota. He is viewed as a high-upside prospect who should grow with behind-the-scenes development based on the Division II level of competition he is coming from.

The engaging Moore shared his “football journey” this week:

When he first started playing organized football: “At the age of 15, freshman year of high school at Simeon Career Academy in Chicago, Illinois, South Side.”

Why he first started playing: “The crazy thing about it was that I was originally supposed to play basketball there, with Derrick Rose there, I was fortunate to go to school with guys like him. But I just decided to play football because it fit my personality better.”

First positions in football: “I started off as a wide receiver, then I moved to tight end. Then my junior year, I played offensive line and defensive line. Senior year, it was primary on the offensive line at left tackle.”

Favorite memories of high school football: “The homecomings, the pep rallies. High school football is very fun, the ‘Friday Night Lights’, the whole atmosphere. The game I most remember was my senior …read more