Elijah Moore walks towards you with a smile that continues to be frozen on his face — and tattoos seemingly all over the place.
You ask him which one is his favourite, and he begins the tattoo tour this fashion:
“I got my mom’s name.”
Elisa, on the again of his left hand.
PEACE, within the center, above his abdomen.
Jeremiah 2:11, on his left pec.
Mary, on his proper pec: “When you think of Mary, you just think of like the mother, you think of the protector besides God,” he says.
Moore, on his proper shoulder. Poux, on his left shoulder. “I’m a Moore,” he says, “my mom’s a Poux.”
Forever, underneath his proper biceps, Ambitious, underneath his left biceps.
He continues to be wanting down as he eyes one other one: “This is a clock. It says respect the past create the future.”
He strikes to the following one: “My birthday [3:27] with a crown on it,” on his left arm.
“I got an angel right here represents my mom,” he says of the tattoo on his left arm.
“Then I got an angel right here holding the world on his back. I feel like it signifies me and my family. I’m like, I guess, the first one that can open doors to something that they haven’t experienced, and I embrace that.”
Pride, on his left lat, a cross on his proper lat.
“‘Only the strong can survive,’ and I got a picture of myself [on the right calf]’ that says ‘More than Ball.’ Like, I’m more than just football. That’s kinda how I hold myself.”
Elijah Moore is mature properly past his 21 years.
“I just want to be remembered more than football,” he tells The Post. “If you guys solely bear in mind my identify for what I did on the sector, then I did one thing incorrect. I would like to have an effect on children and folks and simply everybody around the globe more than simply what I do on the football subject. I would like to know that what I say and what I do in my actions can affect folks moreover simply on the market. There’s power in what you say. So simply watching my phrases and saying the appropriate issues to folks.
“I know I don’t have the answers for everything, but when I do, just give my input on stuff to make somebody else feel better. That’s kinda just how I move.”
He provides: “You need me, I need you, what I say can help you have a great day. You can have a bad day, I come up to you and say, ‘Everything’s gonna be all right.’ And just because I said that you might have a better day. Your words are what people remember.”
He is a rookie phenom receiver-punt returner who already seems destined to be remembered for football.
“He’s a playmaker,” coach Robert Saleh says merely.
A playmaker who talks to his mom day-after-day.
“It’s just something that we do,” he says. “You might think it’s messed up, but we don’t live forever. My mom’s my world. I just gotta make sure I check in.”
He wears No. 8 for a cause.
“No. 8’s my grandma’s favorite number. Shout-out to Mimi,” Moore says, and laughs.
His quarterback, who struggled in practice again on Tuesday, can use a shout-out too.
“What people don’t understand,” Moore begins, “that’s probably the hardest job on the field. It takes time. But from what I hear and from when I watch him and the questions that he asks, and I continue to say it over and over again, I’m not worried, because of how he is. I’m blessed to have him as my quarterback.”
So Jets followers shouldn’t fear?
“[Not] at all,” Moore says. “Trust me. Zach’s gonna be good. Zach is a leader. … That’s someone who’s here before everybody and stays later than anybody. I’m probably one of the last ones here too and he’s here when I’m here. Even when you see him mess up, his words after, [are] like ‘I got it, we’re good.’”
One different shout-out goes to Saleh: “He has that friendly, but respect representation to him. When he’s serious, everybody’s quiet, trust me.”
He is way more reluctant to give Elijah Moore, far more than a slot receiver, a shout-out.
“They always say it in the team room, the more spots you play, the more things you know, the longer you’ll be in the NFL,” Moore says.
He enjoys punt returns.
“Another way to score a touchdown,” he says.
He relishes the massive stage.
“The more eyes the better,” Moore says.
He is requested for adjectives to describe himself on the football subject: “God-fearing, and that’s it.”
How about adjectives to describe his bodily skills? “There’s a whole bunch, I don’t know. I’m very confident in myself. … I don’t really want to answer that.”
Can he make an affect as a rookie? Still smiling, Elijah Moore says: “You’re gonna have to wait to see.”
“Yeah, I got goals, but I’d rather keep that to myself.”
He was 6 when he had this NFL dream: “I told my mom I was going to the NFL. And here we are. By the grace of God.”
I ask him if he’s pushed to be nice.
“Of course. I’m driven to be great — 100 percent,” Elijah Moore says.
Moore than a football participant. But some sort of football participant.