The NFL rookie spent two years as Manziel's teammate, when the star quarterback redshirted in 2011, and last year when he became the first freshman ever to win the Heisman Trophy. While Manziel has taken a beating with bad publicity about six reported autograph sessions with memorabilia dealers, and alleged payments for those sessions that would jeopardize his eligibility under NCAA regulations, Moore stood by the enigmatic star.
"Once your name is in the limelight and you're in the spotlight, you're under a bigger microscope. At the same token, things are being blown out of proportion just a little bit. Johnny is a great guy, he is a great leader, he's real down to earth," Moore said.
"He was always hanging out with us. He was just like a little brother. He's a really good kid, so I think things are being blown out of proportion just a little bit. At the end of the day, I feel like he's just going to get back to playing football," Moore added. "Things will take care of themselves. He didn't do anything wrong, and he was a class guy, when I was around him."