Maurice Purify

Maurice Purify
Free agent
Position: Wide receiver
Personal information
Date of birth: (1986-01-17) January 17, 1986
Place of birth: Eureka, California
Height: 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Weight: 226 lb (103 kg)
Career information
High school: Eureka (CA)
College: Nebraska
Undrafted: 2008
Career history
As player:
As coach:
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Receptions: 0
Receiving yards: 0
Touchdowns: 0
Tackles: 6
Player stats at
Career Arena statistics
Receptions: 488
Receiving Yards: 6,769
Receiving TDs: 167
Player stats at

Maurice "Mo" Purify (born January 17, 1986) is an American football wide receiver who is currently a free agent. He was signed by the Cincinnati Bengals as an undrafted free agent in 2008. He played college football at Nebraska. Having scored over 150 touchdowns and over 6,000 receiving yards in his career, as well as winning four consecutive ArenaBowls with two different teams, Purify is considered one of the best receivers in AFL history.[1]

Purify has also played for the Georgia Force, Omaha Nighthawks and San Jose SaberCats.

Early years

Purify was born in Eureka, California and attended Eureka High School.

College career

San Francisco City College

Purify originally attended San Francisco City College. As a freshman in 2004, he recorded 24 receptions for 444 yards and 11 touchdowns. In 2005 he recorded 68 receptions for 1,318 yards and 19 touchdowns as a sophomore and earned California Community College Football Coaches Association First-team All-America honors and Region I First-team All-California honors. He helped the team to a 10-2 season that ended with a 41-38 loss in the junior college state championship game, a game in which he earned offensive MVP honors.

Basketball career

While at SFCC, Purify also played on the school's basketball team. As a sophomore, he earned First-team junior college All-state honors as he helped lead the team to the semifinals of the 2006 California Community Colleges Commission on Athletics Men’s Basketball Championship. For his basketball achievements, Purify was named the Community Colleges Commission on Athletics/U.S. Bank Student-Athlete of the Month for March.

After his two years at SFCC, Purify earned a five-star rating from, was a four-star recruit by and earned First-team JC-Gridwire All-America honors. He received offers from Arizona, Kentucky, Oregon State and Washington. He chose Nebraska.


As a junior, Purify played in all 14 games, including five starts. He recorded at least four receptions three times during the season, with a career-high six receptions at Oklahoma State. He recorded career-highs of 91 yards against Kansas and two touchdown receptions at Oklahoma State.

As a senior in 2007, caught 57 passes for 814 yards and nine touchdowns, including seven games with five or more receptions. His 57 catches were the second-most in NU history, trailing only teammate Marlon Lucky’s total in 2007. The 814 yards ranked third on the Nebraska single-season list and were the most by a Husker since Rodgers in 1972, while Purify’s nine touchdown catches were second on the single-season list as well.

While at Nebraska, Purify majored in criminal justice and volunteered his time as an American Education Week speaker and as part of Nebraska’s team hospital visits.

Career summary

Purify finished his career ranked sixth on the Nebraska career receptions list with 91 and fifth in receiving yards with 1,444. His 16 career touchdowns also placed him second on the Nebraska career charts, trailing only 1972 Heisman winner Johnny Rodgers. Purify played in 25 games with nine starts in his career.

Professional career

Cincinnati Bengals

Purify went undrafted in the 2008 NFL Draft, however, he was signed by the Cincinnati Bengals on May 8. He played in all four preseason games, with three receptions for 25 yards. He was waived on August 30 and signed the next day to Bengals practice squad. He was then released on September 23 and re-signed October 22 to practice squad, where he spent the rest of the season.

In 2009, Purify played in all four preseason games recording four receptions for 46 yards. Then, he was signed from the practice squad on November 13 and made his NFL debut during week nine at Pittsburgh, where he played on offense and recorded one special teams tackle. On December 16, he was released and added to the practice squad. On January 11, he was re-signed to a reserve/future contract. Purify was released by the Bengals during final cuts.

Georgia Force

Purify signed with the Georgia Force of the Arena Football League on November 19, 2010. He finished the year with 129 catches for 1,650 yards and 46 receiving touchdowns and was named the AFL's Rookie of the Year, Breakout Player of the Year, and was named to the AFL All-Arena Second Team.

Omaha Nighthawks

Purify was signed by the Omaha Nighthawks of the United Football League on July 11, 2011.[2] He was placed on the injured reserve list on August 30.[3]

Arizona Rattlers


Purify signed with the Arizona Rattlers for the 2012 Arena Football League season. Purify and teammate Nick Davila lead the Rattlers to an ArenaBowl XXV victory over the Philadelphia Soul. Purify was named First Team All-Arena as a wide receiver.


Purify re-signed with the Rattlers for the 2013 season. Purify missed most of the season due to injury, but returned late in the season to help lead the Rattlers to ArenaBowl XXVI. The Rattlers once again defeated the Soul, with Purify catching 2 touchdown passes during the game.[4]


Purify was on the injured reserve for the first 7 weeks of the season before he was released.[5] Purify came back in with the Rattlers and tried out to join the team again, but Purify decided to not sign with the team and explore different options.[6]

San Jose SaberCats

On June 30, 2015, Purify was assigned to the San Jose SaberCats.[7]

Arizona Rattlers

Purfiy was assigned to the Arizona Rattlers on March 24, 2016.[8]

Coaching career

On December 17, 2015, Purify was named head coach of the Northshore Gators. On December 29, 2015, Purify said he left the Gators to take the offensive coordinator position with the Steel City Menace.


  2. "UFL Transactions". OurSports Central. United Football League. July 11, 2011. Retrieved July 11, 2011.
  3. "UFL Transactions". OurSports Central. United Football League. August 30, 2011. Retrieved August 30, 2011.
  4. Joe Williams (August 17, 2013). "ArenaBowl XXVI: Rattlers win 2nd Arena Football League title in row". Orlando Sentinel. Retrieved August 19, 2013.
  5. Richard Obert (May 11, 2015). "Rattlers released WR Maurice Purify". The Arizona Republic. Retrieved May 12, 2015.
  6. Richard Obert (June 26, 2015). "Maurice Purify, Arizona Rattlers part ways one more time". The Arizona Republic. Retrieved July 1, 2015.
  7. "San Jose Sabercats acquire record-breaking receiver Maurice Purify". Boxscore. June 30, 2015. Retrieved July 1, 2015.
  8. "Team Transactions". Archived from the original on April 1, 2016. Retrieved April 1, 2016.
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