DALLAS — KaMeisha Moorlet is an avid Dallas Cowboy fan.
So much, in fact, that in December 2012, Moorlet and a few close acquaintances made the seven-plus hour trip from Memphis to Dallas to watch the Cowboys renew their rivalry with the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Like the announced the sellout crowd, many of whom turned out that day wearing the Cowboy’s signature blue and gray paraphernalia, Moorlet was in complete awe after walking into the $1.43 billion state-of-the-art AT&T Stadium for the very first time.
As the native Memphian recalls, such a memorable encounter thoroughly summed why she has followed America’s Team since she was a child.
“What a game,” Moorlet told MemphiSport during a recent interview. “It was so much tension in the place, because it was anyone’s game. The score stayed neck to neck, but my Cowboys pulled it off and won against the Steelers. It was a joyous occasion and the stadium was full of blissful Cowboy fans. My first visit was a very proud one. How fun was it watching your team in their new stadium. It was very fun watching my team win at home.”
In approximately one month, Moorlet will return to AT&T Stadium for an experience she figures to savor for a lifetime.
That’s because Moorlet’s son, Geeter Middle School football standout KaDario Moorlet, has been invited to participate in the 2015 Nike Combine for the Classes of 2016, 2017 and 2018 high school football players.
A one-day that is also available for motivated seventh and eighth graders, KaMeisha Moorlet deemed it necessary to sign up her 14-year-old son for this free event, although he has yet to enter the high school ranks.
The purpose of this combine is geared largely toward allowing players to test their athleticism and compare their scores to other players nationwide.
For KaDario Moorlet, who played multiple defensive positions this past season for Geeter, most notably defensive tackle, defensive end, and linebacker, he is appreciative of his mother for taking the initiative to devise ways to add to his football repertoire.
Named the team’s MVP at the recent athletic banquet, KaDario Moorlet was the catalyst of a Geeter Middle defensive unit that helped propelled the Dragons to an undefeated regular season and a trip to the city championship game.
“My mother has been very supportive from the beginning,” KaDario Moorlet said. “She has always attended my games cheering me on, especially when no other support was there.”
After submitting the necessary information for the first-come, first-serve camp, KaMeisha Moorlet was astounded after fielding the favorable results.
In a nutshell, all she had to do shortly thereafter was start packing for a return to Dallas.
“Once he received the confirmation email after registering that he was confirmed a spot, I was so elated,” KaMeisha Moorlet explained. “I knew this would be a great experience for him because a camp with such prestige is known for a long tradition of building championship athletes. He will compete and learn with the best and I am very excited about it.”
Because of KaDario Moorlet’s stellar display as a middle school standout this past season, his head coach and cousin, Geeter’s Kevin Patterson said the Nike Combine will only enhance his skills, thus provide him with the confidence he needs as he prepares to make the transition from middle school to prep football.
“Kadario is a joy to be able to coach not only because we are blood cousins, but because he is a great athlete,” Patterson said. “His passion and knowledge of the game are remarkable, and he is truly a team player and an athlete that all coaches dream to have on their team. His participation in the camp will be a great experience for him mentally and physically. He will be able to gain more training at his position.”
Most importantly, though, KaDario Moorlet will have the luxury of representing Memphis on a national stage.
“He will be looked at on a national level,” Patterson said. “Kadario is one that will dominate on the high school level, the college level, and will make his name great in the NFL.”
A dream, of sorts, his mother admittedly had envisioned ever since her son first picked up a football at the age of five as a member of the Whitehaven Saints Little League Team.
How else to explain why she took the initiative to enroll her son in a camp that will unfold in the same venue where here favorite NFL team plays?
“The camp will give him skills to go to the next level,” KaMeisha Moorlet said.
A level that could very well land her son back in Dallas and AT&T Stadium sometime in the coming years.
This time on a regular basis.
Andre Johnson is a senior writer for MemphiSport. Based in Dallas, Texas, Johnson covers the NFL and NBA Southwest Division. To reach Johnson, send email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Also, follow him on Twitter @AJ_Journalist.