Ex-Penn State, Baltimore Colts great Lenny Moore coming to York Area Sports Night

Steve Heiser
York Dispatch

The man that Joe Paterno once called “probably the best player I’ve coached, all-around” is coming to York Area Sports Night.

Lenny Moore, who excelled as a halfback at Penn State when Paterno was an assistant coach with the Nittany Lions, is latest addition to the event's guest list.

Moore, who was born in Reading, went on to a standout NFL career with the Baltimore Colts and is a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

Former Baltimore Colts and Penn State great Lenny Moore, right, chats with former Philadelphia Eagles player Billy Ray Barnes during a recent York County Special Olympics Celebrity Golf Classic at Out Door Country Club. Moore will soon return to the area for York Area Sports Night. YORK DISPATCH FILE PHOTO

At PSU, from 1953 through 1955, Moore scored 24 touchdowns in 27 games in three seasons with the varsity. He was a two-time first-team All-American.

He was then drafted in the first round of the 1956 NFL draft by the Colts and was the league's Rookie of the Year.

With Baltimore, he was a seven-time Pro Bowl player and a five-time first-team All-Pro. He was the Newspaper Enterprise Association NFL Most Valuable Player in 1964. He helped the Colts win NFL championships in 1958 and 1959.

He finished his career with 5,174 rushing yards, averaging 4.8 yards per carry. He also had 364 receptions for 6,039 yards, averaging 16.5 yards per reception. He had 63 rushing touchdowns and 48 receiving touchdowns.

Moore retired after the 1967 season. His No. 24 uniform was retired by the Colts and in 1969 a sports writers' poll named him to the NFL's 50th Anniversary Team.

He was elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1975.

Other guests: Moore joins a guest list that includes another former PSU great in linebacker/defensive end Dave Robinson, who is a member of both the Pro Football Hall of Fame and College Football Hall of Fame. Robinson spent most of his NFL career with the legendary Green Bay Packers' teams of the 1960s. Robinson played at PSU from 1960-1962.

Other scheduled Sports Night guests include two former standout major league pitchers, Hall of Famer Juan Marichal and four-time 20-game winner Luis Tiant.

Show details: The 53rd annual York Area Sports Night is set for Thursday, Feb. 8, 2018, at the Heritage Hills Golf Resort and Conference Center. 

The public celebrity reception is from 4 p.m. until 6 p.m. Tickets are $80 in advance and $100 at the door, if available.

From 6:15 p.m. until 7:45 p.m., there will be a an exclusive celebrity dinner with a live auction for celebrities, hosts, sponsors and guests.

Tickets for the event can be purchased at yorksportsnight.com, or by sending a check or money order (payable to York Sports Night Inc.) to: York Sports Night, 211 Pauline Drive, Suite 201, York, Pa. 17402.

Reach Steve Heiser at sheiser@yorkdispatch.com.