Continuing on with our AAF Player Spotlight Interview series, today we are being joined by former Colorado Buffaloes, Seattle Seahawks and New York Giants defensive back, Ryan Moeller.
Justin David Kish: Hello Ryan, thank you so much for you’re time, how are things going for you?
Ryan Moeller: Justin, thank you for having me. Things have been going very well for me with training and getting myself prepared for the Inaugural season of the Alliance league.
Justin David Kish: You are now the newest member of AAF’s San Diego Fleet, tell us your story about how you came to becoming a member of the San Diego Fleet?
Ryan Moeller: After my long career at Colorado, I was fortunate enough to have opportunities in minicamps with the Seattle Seahawks and New York Football Giants. Unfortunately, I did not make the cut with either of those teams. However, there was another door that opened up with the Alliance of American Football. At first, when I heard of the league I wasn’t sure about it. It wasn’t the path I wanted to take. After a short period though I was able to see that this league is a great opportunity to allow myself to develop further and give myself the best chance to return to the NFL.
Justin David Kish: You are a former product of the Colorado Buffaloes. Now it says you played running back, safety and weakside linebacker. What position do you feel more at home with and what position will you play with the Fleet?
Ryan Moeller: I have always loved playing running back, but at this time I believe that I’ll most likely play on the defensive side of the ball for the Fleet. More specifically, strong safety. I have the ability to play well within the box and open field, as well as cover when needed.
Justin David Kish: During your time in Colorado, you were coached by defensive coordinator D.J. Elliot and Jim Leavitt. What did you learn from them during your time at Colorado?
Ryan Moeller: I spent more time with Coach Levitt, and with him, I learned above all else that with grit, persistence, and relentless pursuit to the ball, we can do great things. Both D.J. and Jim harped the importance of communication. Like anything else in life, where there is strong communication there is an understood purpose. I enjoyed my time under both DC’s and will use the tools they have given me to push forward in my career.
Justin David Kish: What traits from college do you bring to the San Diego Fleet?
Ryan Moeller: Other than previously stated, I plan to bring support in the run and passing game, effort, and heart. I have never had anything handed to me, so I see this as yet another opportunity to prove to myself and others that I can play at the highest level, grind it out, and excel. I play with a chip on my shoulder and something to prove. It keeps me honest, humble, and driven to get the job done and never settle.
Justin David Kish: The San Diego Fleet is coached by Mike Martz former Chicago Bears and San Francisco 49ers offensive coordinator. What do you know about Mike Martz and how well do you fit with the Fleet?
Ryan Moeller: I know that Coach Martz is a well known and decorated coach. I look forward to playing for him and expanding and developing my football mind. I am excited to be able to play for his DC Larry Marmie and secondary coach Dre Bly as well.
Justin David Kish: You are not the only Buffalo coming to the Fleet. You will be joining Nelson Spruce, Kenneth Olugbode and Gerard Kough. Have you spoken to these guys and do you plan on working with them before training camp opens up?
Ryan Moeller: I have spoken with Nelson, Kenneth, and Gerrad and we are all pumped to be back on the same squad once again. I have recently trained with Nelson at a professional performance facility in Colorado, and hope to get more in with the others before camp starts in January.
Justin David Kish: Outside of your teammates, have you spoken to any of your fellow Fleet teammates and if so who have you spoken with?
Ryan Moeller: I have not spoken to any other Fleetmates at this time.
Justin David Kish: What are some important dates coming up for the Fleet?
Ryan Moeller: January 4th is a huge upcoming date for the Fleet, which is when training camp starts, and Saturday, February 9th will be even bigger. February 9th is the first official test our team will have to compete and I cannot begin to tell you how excited I am to be able to be a part of this whole thing.
Justin David Kish: What are we to expect from Ryan Moeller of the San Diego Fleet in 2019?
Ryan Moeller: You can expect to see me on every special teams phase and on defense, I am all over the field. Again, like I said before, you can expect to see me play with relentless effort, grit, and reckless abandon.
Justin David Kish: Thank you so much for you’re time Ryan, is there anything you would like to add?
Ryan Moeller: CU in San Diego!