Quentin Moses, a former Cedar Shoals, University of Georgia and NFL football standout died early Sunday while trying to save two close friends, Andrea Godard and her daughter, Jasmine, in a Monroe house fire. He was 33.
Andrea, 31, and Jasmine, 10, were the wife and daughter of the late Xavier Godard, one of Moses’ classmates in the Cedar Shoals class of 2002. Godard went on to compete at Western Carolina in football from 2002-04 as a receiver and returner. Godard passed away in 2007 in a drowning accident in Jackson County, North Carolina, just months after Moses was drafted into the NFL.
“(Quentin and Xavier) were pretty much inseparable,” former Cedar Shoals teammate and distant relative Kamau Hull said. “Off the field, they were just as close as could be, but on the field, they were both just the ultimate competitors.”
According to Walton County police via the Walton Tribune, Moses was taken to Clearview Regional Medical Center and pronounced dead there. Fire rescue later found the bodies of the Godard family. Monroe Fire Chief Keith Glass told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution that the house was engulfed in flames when firefighters arrived after 6 a.m. The roof collapsed as the fire department attempted to get the fire under control. The cause of the fire is under investigation.
“Our thoughts and prayers are with Quentin’s family,” said UGA Director of Athletics Greg McGarity. “We are shocked and saddened by this tragic news. Quentin was an outstanding representative of not only the University of Georgia but also his hometown of Athens. On behalf UGA Athletics, we extend our most sincere condolences to his family.”
“Very saddened to learn of the tragic death this morning of Quentin Moses,” Georgia head coach Kirby Smart said. “Thoughts and prayers go out to his family in this difficult time.”
Moses began his football career at Cedar Shoals High School, where he earned selections to the Athens Banner-Herald’s All-Area team and Honorable Mention All-State as a tall, forceful defensive lineman.
“He was our Michael Jordan,” former Cedar Shoals teammate Jonathan Bush said.
After finishing at Cedar Shoals in 2001 with a 4-2 record against rival Clarke Central — one of the best records a CSHS class ever posted, including a 1998 win at CCHS for the first time in 20 years — Moses opted to stay four more years in the Classic City by selecting the Georgia Bulldogs.
“Coming from the eastside, a lot of people lived through him,” Bush said.
Moses redshirted in 2002 under then-head coach Mark Richt before playing his first year in 2003. The redshirt freshman made an immediate impact, registering 2.5 sacks and 37 total tackles en route to an SEC East division title.
SOURCE: Kevin Mobley