Decidedly passionate on the gridiron, former tackle Wayne Moore (d.1989) played in three Super Bowls and helped guide the Dolphins to their undefeated campaign in 1972. The hulking 6-foot-6 lineman was all heart off the field, as well. These (61) handwritten letters attest to Moore’s genuine demeanor. Many are written on San Francisco 49ers stationery and were composed entirely in Moore’s hand during training camp. Most are addressed to his wife, Verline, and include heartfelt sentiments.
As stated in our catalog description, many of these letters were written while Moore was in training camp with the San Francisco 49ers between 1969 and 1970 (Moore was claimed by the Dolphins off of waivers in 1970). The content of these letters conveys Moore’s deep love for his spouse with a recurring theme that he misses her dearly. Among topics of Moore’s letters are record albums (specifically, Johnny Taylor and Jerry Butler) and financial assistance to his wife ($40 for a new dress; $20 for a doctor visit). These are true love letters from a football hero who put his wife above everything else.