When the Bears re-signed Zack Bowman earlier this week, fourth-year cornerback D.J. Moore was excited to see his old teammate. But Bowman's arrival came at the expense of Moore's longtime teammate Chris Williams, who was waived this week. Moore spoke with RedEye about the transient life of an NFL player.
Are you excited to have Bowman back around?
Oh yeah man. I'm happy that he's doing something. I don't know where he was before here. He was just out, right?
Yeah, he said he was just working out in Houston.
Yeah, so I'm happy that somebody else can get a job. I already know he can play. At one point, he was the next big corner, so hopefully he can recapture that
It's sort of weird, the way guys are here and then they're gone. I interviewed someone two days ago who was cut yesterday.
It's the nature of the business really. Every other day, you never know. If they like you now, they may not like you tomorrow. And if they don't like you tomorrow, they may like you the next day, or they might just get rid of you. That's the thing I don't like. Playing football, we've got the most risk of injury, you get pretty much the lowest pay [in professional sports], and we don't have guaranteed money. You're just guaranteed that you'll get cut someday.
How does that affect friendships, when you know the guy next to you could be gone tomorrow?
Well me personally, I talk to everybody in the locker room, but when we leave here, everybody goes home to their wives or whoever like that. While you're here, we can be friends. When you leave, you keep in contact with people, but they're going to another group of guys. Everybody don't talk. I don't have [offensive lineman Roberto] Garza's number, or nothing like that, or whatever.
Did you stay in touch with Zack?
Not really. You've got your own family, so it's not like we were best friends before. It's hard to say, We're grown men but we're going to start being friends now. You like guys. We go play basketball at nighttime. We hang out and stuff like that. But when you leave it's just you and your family.
If something happened, if he gets on a team, we'll know. They'll tell you, "Zack went to Minnesota," or "he got cut." You kind of keep up with them. Like Corey Graham, I'll try to watch the Ravens game and see what he's doing on special teams, but I don't really call and communicate. … If you're in town and you call me, I'm down to do whatever, but once you're gone, you're gone.
Somebody like Chris Williams has been your teammate your whole career. Did you go and say peace to him?
I didn't talk to him. We went to college together for two years too, so [fellow Vanderbilt alum] Earl [Bennett] told me. And I was like, "Man, I feel bad for him. Hopefully he gets another team." But I'm saying, when we leave here, I don't talk to nobody. [Pauses.] Well, Earl. I would call Earl, because me and Earl talk. I'll go to his house and play with his kids, so it's more of that type of relationship. But if not, I wish you luck and then [pauses] that's pretty much it.
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