Mark Moseley remains one of the greatest Redskins of all time, the last of his breed in the NFL as far as straight-on style kickers.
His incredible accuracy (20-for-21 field goals made) during the 1982 strike-shortened season carried the Redskins to a Super Bowl title and Moseley to an NFL MVP Award. Twenty-five years after his retirement, he still owns the Redskins franchise record for total points (1,206).
After his playing days were over in Washington, Moseley traded his single-bar helmet, jersey and square-toed cleats for a business suit, chef’s apron and spatula. For 16 years, he ran Mark Moseley’s Famous Fries in Potomac Mills and Moseley’s Burgers in Herndon.
According to the Northern Virginia Daily’s James Heffernan, Moseley’s hand at ownership was the culmination of years of love for the American burger:
He has always loved hamburgers — so much so, in fact, that as a teenager in 1961, after his family had returned to the U.S. from Ecuador, he walked nearly two miles from his grandmother’s house in Cheyenne, Wyo., to the new McDonald’s in town.
“I bought three hamburgers, two fries and a milkshake,” [Moseley] recalled.
He must not have been very hungry that day.
Today, he’s the director of franchising for the very popular Five Guys Burgers and Fries, a relationship that started 10 years ago when Moseley got involved with their marketing and TV/radio advertising. Since then, he has seen the company grow from a northern Virginia novelty (five locations) to an international sensation (3,000-plus locations).
The man behind the franchise plan is Washington’s ol’ No. 3, who sat down with Hail Magazine’s Jim Gehman earlier this year to discuss his successful second career:
“It’s very competitive and it’s been a lot of fun. It’s right down my alley getting to work with people, teaching them to build Five Guys, and watching them become successful,” said Moseley, who is also the president of the Redskins’ Alumni Association. “I’ve been there since the beginning and we have just under 700 stores open now, and over 3,000 stores sold all over the United States and Canada.
For the record, I’m a fan of the Bacon Cheeseburger with everything on it. Not most toppings, every topping. The Cajun Style Fries are a keeper too, but I digress.
Moseley has found that while different in kind, there are elements of his first career that prepared him for his second career. It’s no wonder that the 16-year NFL veteran has found corporate savvy to be second nature:
“Being a former athlete has taught me how to be competitive, and I don’t have to have somebody looking over my shoulder to get me to do my job. And being an athlete taught me how to be good with people and how to work hard and have the work ethic you have to have to be successful in life.”
Congratulations to Mark, and wishing him great personal and professional success in the future. As a bonus, here’s his version of the first time that he met Redskins head coach George Allen: