Sonoma’s NFL free-agent Moll signs with Jacksonville
Offensive lineman leaves Baltimore to play for Jaguars
Sonoma’s Tony Moll, now a Jacksonville Jaguar, recently signs autographs for kids at his former Valley middle school, Altimira.
After starting his National Football League career with the Super Bowl champion Green Bay Packers of the National Football Conference in 2006, Sonoma’s Tony Moll, 27, then found himself plying his trade as an offesnive lineman in the American Football Conference when he was traded to the Baltimore Ravens in 2009.
Entering this season as an unrestricted free agent, the 6-foot, 5-inch, 315-pound Moll had to wait out the NFL’s labor shutdown and the post-settlement signing-and-trading frenzy before deciding to stay in the AFC by signing on Tuesday to play for the Jacksonville Jaguars.
A 2001 Sonoma Valley High School graduate and former prep (the Dragons) and college (University of Nevada, Reno) star, Moll was the first football Dragon ever chosen in the NFL draft as an offensive lineman by Green Bay in the fifth-round.
As a versatile player on the offensive line, Moll has played in 60 NFL games, including four postseason games, and has made 21 starts at right guard (12), right tackle (seven) and tight end (two).
Moll, who at Jacksonville is reunited with former Green Bay teammates Aaron Kampman and Jason Spitz, is currently wearing No. 79 and was expected to play in last night’s preseason opener against the New England Patriots.