SAN DIEGO -- A three-time Pro Bowler who played 12 NFL seasons mostly with the Buffalo Bills, receiver Eric Moulds is pursuing another career path.
Moulds serves as a coaching intern for the San Diego Chargers during training camp.
Moulds said he coached high school football with former NFL running back Ricky Watters in Orlando, Florida, serving as the offensive coordinator while Watters worked as the head coach. Moulds also worked as a coaching intern with Arizona in 2013.
"I get an opportunity to really go back to the game I used to play and be around the guys," Moulds said. "I’m learning from a great coaching staff. Mike McCoy is one of the better coaches in the league. Fred Graves is a great receivers coach. Frank Reich is an excellent coordinator, and I get a chance to be around them."
Like Moulds, Stevie Johnson also played in Buffalo and fondly recalled the legacy the talented receiver left with that franchise. Moulds, 43, finished his NFL career with 764 catches for 9,995 yards and 49 touchdowns.
"We were out there, and he was telling me about positioning as he was throwing it to me, and I was like, 'Damn, I’m playing catch with Eric Moulds right now!'" Johnson told the team’s website. "It was pretty dope. I couldn’t believe it. Having been in Buffalo, I saw his picture on the wall and the legend of Eric Moulds."
Moulds has some familiarity with San Diego’s coaching staff. Graves was his receivers coach in Buffalo and his final season in the NFL in 2007 with the Tennessee Titans. Moulds said he’s hoping the experience will eventually lead to a NFL coaching job.
"I would love to coach professionally," he said. "I played this game a long time at a high level. Coaching and playing are different. But at the same time, you have knowledge from your playing days that you can carry over to coaching and put your own spin on it."
Moulds said San Diego’s receivers have been willing to listen to what he has to say.
"The players have been really receptive," Moulds said. "As a former player, I know how they’re feeling -- whether they’re dogging it a little bit or going hard -- so you kind of take care of them in that aspect.
"When I was a player in this league, I wanted to be coached and I wanted to learn. And these players are the same way."