Free-agent signing was special-teams regular and occasional starter for 49ersMike Spofford
GREEN BAY - The Packers signed veteran safety Tarvarius Moore as a free agent Friday. Here are five things to know about Green Bay's new addition.
1. He has spent his entire pro career until now with San Francisco.
Moore was a third-round draft pick by the 49ers out of Southern Mississippi in 2018. An occasional starter his first two seasons, he started half of San Francisco's games in 2020, accounting for eight of his 13 career starts to date.
He has played in a total of 61 NFL regular-season games, recording 87 tackles on defense and six passes defensed.
2. His lone NFL interception came in the Super Bowl.
Moore picked off Kansas City QB Patrick Mahomes in Super Bowl LIV, which the 49ers lost, 31-20. He also was credited with an additional pass defensed in that game despite playing just five snaps on defense.
He has played in a total of six postseason games, logging 25 snaps on defense and 103 on special teams.
3. He came back last year following a season-long injury in 2021.
Moore injured his Achilles in June of 2021 and missed the entire season. He returned to the 49ers last year and played in 13 games, resuming a role as a special-teams regular.
In his four seasons on the field, he has played well over half of San Francisco's special-teams snaps, a total of 1,096 in the regular season. That's almost identical to his total of defensive snaps with the 49ers (1,046).
He has recorded a total of 29 tackles on special-teams coverage, including postseason.
4. His late sister is his inspiration.
Prior to Moore's senior year at Southern Miss, his younger sister, TavyAnna, passed away suddenly at the age of 16 when a blood vessel in her brain ruptured while she slept. He considered his only sibling his best friend and changed his Twitter screen name in her honor.
Moore, from the small town of Quitman, Miss., which has just two stoplights, went on to earn first-team All-America honors from Pro Football Focus in his final college season of 2017.
5. He's not the only professional athlete in his family.
Moore's cousin, Antonio McDyess, was the No. 2 overall pick in the 1995 NBA Draft by the Los Angeles Clippers, who quickly traded him to the Denver Nuggets.
McDyess went on to play 17 seasons in the NBA with five different teams and was an All-Star in 2001, a year after playing for the U.S. Olympic team in Sydney, Australia.