Illini Legends Lists and Lore: Aaron Moorehead

Illini Legends Lists and Lore: Aaron Moorehead

Today is Fighting Illini football alum Aaron Moorehead's 37th birthday. Born in Aurora, Colo., he was recruited to Illinois by then head coach Ron Turner from Deerfield (Illinois) High School.

Moorehead saw reserve action as a freshman, then was the Illini's second-leading receiver as a sophomore, grabbing four touchdown passes. As a junior for Illinois' Big Ten championship team in 2001, he had 17 catches, two of which went for TDs.

Moorehead's senior campaign saw him catch a career-best 32 passes for 399 yards and two touchdowns.

Number 86 ended his collegiate career with 85 receptions for 1,293 yards and nine TDs, just missing UI's Top 10 lists in each category. Four times he had receiving games of 100 yards or more.

After earning his bachelor's degree in sports management in 2003, Moorehead spent five seasons in the NFL with the Indianapolis Colts (2003-07), including an appearance in Super Bowl XLI when the Colts beat the Chicago Bears. In five seasons with the Colts, Moorehead appeared in 36 games, including one start, catching 31 passes for 330 yards and one touchdown.

Moorehead's dad, Emery, played 12 seasons (1977-88) in the NFL with the New York Giants, Denver Broncos and Chicago Bears and was part of the Bears Super Bowl-winning team during the 1985 season. The Mooreheads are the only father-son combination to play in, and win a Super Bowl.

Aaron began his collegiate coaching career at New Mexico, then got his first full-time position at Stanford in 2010 under Jim Harbaugh. He continued coaching Cardinal receivers under PAC-12 Coach of the Year David Shaw. Moorehead moved on to Virginia Tech in 2013 and '14, then landed at Texas A&M in 2015 where he continues to coach today.

He and his wife, Rosalyn, have two children, Avari and Mason.

Illini Birthdays:

Today: Craig Tucker, basketball (57)

Monday: Julie Balicki Bialas, softball

Tuesday: Matsen Dziedzic, track & field (23)

Wednesday: Jacob Willis, football (33)

Thursday: Larry McCarren, football (66)

Friday: Ivory Crawford, basketball

Saturday: Christian DiLauro, football (23)

By Mike Pearson, author of Illini Legends, Lists & Lore (Third Edition now available in stores). Get more Illini birthdays, trivia and historical tidbits daily on Twitter@B1GLLL. His website is