Mark Moseley labeled Dallas Cowboy kicker Efren Herrera a 'cheap shot artist' yesterday for saying Moseley is using lead in his shoe.
In an interview Monday, Herrera said, "I know it's illegal (Moseley's shoe) and the coaches know it's illegal. He couldn't kick 50-yarders without it. He can't even run with it (the shoe). It's too heavy. He could kill somebody with it."
Herra, now landing scorer in the NFC, also said Moseley should be "ashamed of himself" for kicking with his shoe.
Moseley, who kicked a career-best and Redskin-record 53-yard field goal against the Cowboys, said, "That's a cheap shot and totally unprofessional. I've never cheated in my life, that's not my nature. There's just no reason for him to say that.
"If they can prove I've got an illegal shoe, I'll let them look at it. Shoct, every official in the league has already looked at it. If Pete Rozelle thinks it's illegal why doesn't he do something about it?"
Moseley said he has offered to take his shoe to the league office, but that Art McNally, the NFL's supervisor of officials, had assured him that would not be necessary. "He told me he'd back me on it and I wouldn't be bothered this year," Moseley said.
"Herrera doesn't know what he's talking about . The reason I walk that way is because of the way I tape my ankle. If I had a lead in my shoe, how could I have caught that guy from behind on a kickoff against the Giants last year.?
"Ask Herrera to put even a pound of lead on his shoe and try and swing his leg. It's physically impossible to kick that way, unless you've got a bionic leg."
"The Cowboys have been complaining for four years. (Tex) Schramm (the Cowboys president and general manager) used to watch me during the warmups. He even sent me a picture of the shoe to the league office.
"But if they think they can make my leg illegal, well just let 'em try. They can't keep me out of the weight room.
"What bothers me about this more than anything else is that you work hard to be the best at what you do, you get to where you want to be, and they say these things about you. And a lot of people believe that stuff.
"It's funny, I thought Herrera did a good job Sunday. I didn't think he had it in him to kick a 52-yarder. He's better than I thought, but that doesn't give him the right to run me down."