By Sean Yoes, AFRO Baltimore Editor,

GOAT (Greatest Of All-Time) lists are inherently debatable, but the argument regarding the greatest NFL running backs of all-time is less controversial. The consensus of most is Jim Brown was the greatest fullback of all-time, while Gale Sayers was the greatest halfback in the league’s history.

But, the most heated debates of long-time NFL fans usually erupt when people consider the next man after Brown and Sayers.

Lenny Moore, the electrifying Baltimore Colts halfback and flanker, seen here against the Los Angeles Rams at old Memorial Stadium, is ranked 94th on the NFL’s all-time 100 greatest players list. Known as the “Redding Rocket,” Moore is the only player in NFL history to have at least 40 receiving touchdowns and 40 rushing touchdowns. (Courtesy Photo)

But, many old school Baltimore football fans point to the man known as “Spats,” the legendary Lenny Moore. And the NFL Hall-of-Famer is one step closer to a statue in his honor.

According to Marvin “Doc” Cheatham, former president of the Baltimore branch of the NAACP, who has spearheaded the effort to have a statue erected honoring Moore, the Arts Council of Baltimore recently gave a nod of support to honor the man who was known by all as a hall of famer on and off the field.

“Great results from our presentation this morning before the Arts Council,” wrote Cheatham in an email. The commission’s vote of support not only validates our project, but also should inject energy into our efforts.”

The Lenny Moore Statue Committee, chaired by former Baltimore City Councilman Carl Stokes, will hold a private planning meeting on Nov. 25, to discuss next steps in what has been a lengthy, but very worthwhile process to honor the great Moore.

Sean Yoes

AFRO Baltimore Editor