QUITMAN, Miss. (WTOK) - The city of Quitman turned out to honor NFL football player Tarvarius Moore Wednesday evening.
A block party was held at Quitman High School for the San Francisco 49er who played in the Super Bowl on Feb. 2. Teammates, family members, coaches and dignitaries took to the microphone to talk about Moore’s achievements through the years.
Moore spent time signing autographs, meeting with fans and thanking the public for their support throughout the years.
While Moore plays for a team in the Bay Area, he shared how he is proud of being from Mississippi and wants to serve as an inspiration for young players across the state.
“Growing up in Mississippi, a lot of guys don’t get to see someone very often make it out,” Moore said. “I try to be that inspiration and show that anything is possible even coming from a state that a lot of people try to downplay.”
District 84 Representative Troy Smith says it’s great to know Moore cares about his community in Clarke County.
“To have someone of this athletic achievement that has the speed and ability to cover. He has the smarts to play because that’s some sort of achievement to be a professional ball player,” Smith says.
Moore not only played in Super Bowl LIV but made a notable fourth quarter interception. He shared what playing on the biggest stage in football was like in only his second year in the league.
"It was a great, surreal feeling. Just walking out there I tried to soak up every moment of it,” Moore explains. “I can remember just walking out, standing in the end zone and just looking all around me trying to make sure I took in every moment. It’s not every day that you get to play in the Super Bowl. I think about watching the Super Bowl growing up. Those thoughts just came in my head and it was just a surreal feeling."
Moore was presented with two proclamations, one from the State of Mississippi and another from Quitman's mayor and Board of Aldermen.