Daniel Moore

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Daniel Moore. (Birmingham News photo)

Daniel A. Moore (born February 19, 1954 in Birmingham) is an artist known mostly for his dramatic paintings depicting Alabama Crimson Tide football moments.

Moore took art classes all through grade school and graduated from Berry High School in 1972. He earned a bachelor's degree in commercial art and painting at the University of Alabama in 1976. His interest in the photorealistic style clashed with most of the fine arts instructors who were then devotees of abstract expressionism. After graduating he worked as a commercial artist at Martin, White and Mickwee, then Alabama Power Company; all the while selling paintings at local and regional art shows. When at Alabama Power Company he produced a painting of a runner for their company magazine. Granted the rights to the image, Moore sold reproductions through a self-financed advertisement in Runner's World, beginning his career in sports-related artwork.

In January 1979, a friend suggested he create a painting depicting Barry Krauss and the Alabama Crimson Tide defense stopping Penn State's Mike Guman short on 4th and 1 to preserve a 14-7 victory in the 1979 Sugar Bowl and a national title. Moore used his painting, "The Goal Line Stand" to create a limited edition of art prints. Selling originally for $35 each,these prints today can sell for as much as $3,000. He quickly became well-known among Alabama's fans and alumni, and for nearly two decades Alabama's athletic department gave Moore sideline passes for games, giving him the chance to soak up the atmosphere he later worked to capture on canvas.

Moore has been commissioned to commemorate numerous other athletic events and figures over the years, and his portfolio includes paintings honoring many Southeastern Conference football teams as well as images of other sports such as basketball, baseball, and golf. He has produced several book covers and limited-issue prints for special events. In 1997 Moore was selected by the United States Postal Service to create four stamp designs honoring "Legendary Football Coaches" Bear Bryant, Pop Warner, Vince Lombardi and George Halas.

In 2005 Moore was named "Sport Artist of the Year" by the American Sports Art Museum & Archives at the United States Sports Academy in Daphne (Baldwin County).

Also in 2005, the university reversed its former support for the artist and filed a suit against Moore, arguing that he should be required to pay a licensing fee to use the school's uniform designs in his commercial paintings. In November 2009 federal judge Robert Propst issued an opinion that Alabama's uniform colors could not be protected as trade marks when used in paintings intended as artistic expressions. The university appealed the decision while Moore's attorneys asked for clarification on a restriction Propst issued against his selling collectibles emblazoned with reproductions of his paintings. In June 2012, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit ruled in favor of Moore & his company, New Life Art, Inc. stating Moore's fine artwork is fully protected by the First Amendment.

On April 27, 2019 was inducted into the Alabama Sports Hall of Fame during a ceremony at the Sheraton Birmingham Hotel.

Alabama Paintings

  • The Goal Line Stand (1979) — Barry Krauss and the Alabama defense stopping Penn State's Mike Guman short on 4th and 1 to preserve a 14-7 victory in the 1979 Sugar Bowl and a national title
  • All on the Line (1980) — Steadman Shealy's 82-yard 4th quarter touchdown run in the 1979 Iron Bowl
  • Top of the Line (1981) — Major Ogilvie's goal line dive to seal a perfect season in the 1980 Sugar Bowl
  • The Coach and 315 (1981) — Bear Bryant on the sidelines during his record setting 315th victory in the 1981 Iron Bowl
  • Liberty (1984) — Bear Bryant being carried off the field by his players after defeating Illinois in the 1982 Liberty Bowl, his last game as head coach
  • The Kick (1986) — Van Tiffin's game-winning 52-yard field goal in the 1985 Iron Bowl
  • The Sack (1987) — Cornelius Bennett's sack of Steve Beuerlein in a 1986 regular-season game against Notre Dame at Legion Field
  • Flashback (1988) — Running Back Bobby Humphrey in action during the 1988 season
  • Desperation Block (1990) — Thomas Rayam's block of Penn State's Ray Tarasi's last-second 18-yard field goal attempt to preserve the win in a 1989 regular season game
  • The Kick II (1991) — Philip Doyle's game-winning kick against Tennessee in 1990
  • Crimson Legacy (1991) — depicting mementos in Bear Bryant's office in honor of the 1992 centennial of the program
  • The Interception (1993) — Antonio Langham's interception of a Shane Matthews pass which he returned for a touchdown in the 1992 SEC Championship Game at Legion Field
  • The Tradition Continues (1993) — The celebration after Alabama won the 1993 Sugar Bowl and the national championship 34-14 over top-ranked Miami. A replay screen in the background shows Derrick Lassic and George Teague on the field
  • The Winning Connection (1995) — Jay Barker's touchdown pass to Sherman Williams to go up 24-17 versus Ohio State in the 1995 Citrus Bowl
  • Grand Finale (1997) — Dwayne Rudd's 88-yard fumble return touchdown in the 1997 Outback Bowl, Gene Stalling's last game
  • Run in the Mud (1999) — Kenny Stabler's 47-yard touchdown run in the 1967 Iron Bowl
  • Rebirth in the Swamp (2000) — Shaun Alexander's game-winning touchdown run behind the blocking of Chris Samuels in a 1999 regular season game at Florida
  • Between the Lines (2001) — Lee Roy Jordan tackling an Oklahoma running back during the 1963 Orange Bowl
  • Third Saturday in October (Third Saturday Classic) (2001) — Joe Namath's 35-yard touchdown pass to Benny Nelson in the 2nd quarter against Tennessee
  • The Gamebreaker (2002) — Andrew Zow's 45-yard touchdown pass to Jason McAddley in the 2001 Iron Bowl
  • Running Through the T (2003) — Tyler Watts running for a touchdown with a broken bone in his foot against Tennessee in 2002.
  • The Comeback (2003) — quarterback Mike Shula during his game-winning drive against Georgia in the 1985 season opener
  • The Catch(2005) — Tyrone Prothro's acrobatic catch behind the back of Southern Miss defender Jasper Faulk in a 2005 regular season game
  • Rocky Stop (2006) — Roman Harper's forced fumble against Tennessee's Cory Anderson in Alabama's 6-3 regular season victory
  • The Last Pass (2006) — senior quarterback Brodie Croyle in action in the 2006 Cotton Bowl.
  • Third and Long (2007) — One of Derrick Thomas' record 5 sacks of Texas A&M quarterback Lance Pavlas in the 1988 regular season game dubbed The Hurricane Bowl in College Station
  • The Blackout (2008) — a Julio Jones touchdown catch from John Parker Wilson during the 2008 regular-season game against Georgia
  • The Blowout (2009) — Glen Coffee rushing during the 2008 Iron Bowl
  • Maximum Block (2010) — Terrance Cody's 2nd blocked field goal to preserve a win over Tennessee in 2009
  • A Crimson Tradition: 2009 National Champions (2010) — a montage featuring Nick Saban hoisting the Coaches' Trophy and other memorable moments from the 2010 BCS National Championship Game against Texas.
  • The Pick Six (2010) — Marcel Darreus' interception return for a touchdown during the 2010 BCS National Championship Game against Texas.
  • Champions, (2010) — Greg McElroy's first down run against Florida with Nick Saban in the background
  • The Drive (2010) — Greg McElroy's touchdown pass to Roy Upchurch to complete Alabama's 80-yard drive at the end of the 2009 Iron Bowl
  • The Heisman Spirit (2011) — Mark Ingram Jr rushing against Florida in the 2009 SEC Championship Game. Commemorating Alabama's first Heisman Trophy Winner.
  • Never Again (2012) — Trent Richardson carrying the football against Auburn in the 2011 Iron Bowl
  • The Shutout (2012), depicting Alabama's victory over LSU in the 2012 BCS National Championship Game
  • Restoring the Order (2012) — celebrating the 2011 Alabama Crimson Tide football team's National Championship title win
  • Death Valley Drive (2013) - TJ Yeldon's touchdown catch against LSU in Baton Rouge
  • Crimson Dynasty (2013) — Eddie Lacy pounding through the Notre Dame line during the 2012 BCS National Championship Game.
  • High Tide (2014) — Amari Cooper leaping high above a Georgia defender during the 2012 SEC Championship Game at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta.
  • The Game Changers (2015) - Blake Sims and Amari Cooper featured during the 2014 Iron Bowl
  • The Washout (2016) — Derrick Henry rushing against Georgia in Athens commerating the 2015 Heisman Trophy Winner.
  • Finish! (2016) — Kenyan Drake's dive for a late game touchdown against Clemson in the 2015 College Football Playoff Championship Game.
  • Sweet Sixteen (2016) — Memorable moments from the 2015 National Championship season.
  • Leap of Faith (2017) — Jonathan Allen's leaping sack of the Texas A&M quarterback.
  • Second & Twenty-Six (2018) - Tua Tagovailoa overtime pass to DeVonta Smith to win the 2017 National Championship.
  • Sweet Revenge (2018) - Sugar Bowl offensive MVP Jalen Hurts memorable touchdown pass to defensive MVP Da'Ron Payne.
  • Crimson Redemption (2019) - Quarterback Jalen Hurts leads the Tide back to defeat Georgia in the 2018 SEC Championship Game.
  • The Hurdle (2019) - Running Back Najee Harris hurdles a South Carolina defender en route to a touchdown.
  • Mahalo, Tua! (2020) - Celebrating Quarterback Tua Tungavailoa's career with the Crimson Tide.

Auburn Paintings


  • Crimson & White And Other Colors (1999), by Daniel A. Moore and David Moore, biography of Daniel A. Moore, including images of his artwork
  • Iron Bowl Gold (2005), commentary by Keith Jackson with selected articles from The Birmingham News, includes images of paintings by Daniel A. Moore from the 41 Iron Bowl games played at Legion Field


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