From left to right: Roderick, Jasmine, Kaileigh, and Alex These are only a few of Quentin's godchildren. He picked out all of their outfits and took them to take pictures all on his own.

‘Godfather’ to many, Quentin Moses was always ready to help with a grin

ATHENS – There was that smile, that inviting manner, that smirk that Quentin Moses always carried, the one that those around him knew a joke was coming. If you needed something, that smile told them, just ask, whether it be a snack, or some of his famous grilled barbecue.

Or to help raise their child.

Quentin Moses, 33, didn’t have any of his own children. Other people just asked him to be godfather to their children. Former teammates at Georgia, such as Bryan McClendon, trusted and loved him so much they bestowed the honor on him. It was just what Moses did. The big former football player had a big heart, with lots of love to give out.

Quentin Moses played at UGA from 2003-06. (GETTY IMAGES)

And on Sunday morning, Moses happened to be in the house with Jasmine Godard, the little girl he stepped up to help raise after the death of her own father almost a decade before.

Last Friday night, Quentin Moses and Jasmine Godard attended a daddy-daughter dance. Two mornings later, the two would perish in a house fire along with Andria Godard, who was Jasmine’s mother, and their pet dog.

It was quiet on Monday morning on Shamrock Drive in Monroe, as neighbor Joy Bishop looked across the street at the charred remains at the house, the roof gone, blackness covering what was left of the one-story home. The neighbor shook her head.

A small memorial was set up outside the house in which Quentin Moses was killed due to a fire Sunday. (SETH EMERSON/DAWGNATION)

“You just can’t find better people,” Bishop said. “They’re just that good a people. I know Quentin was famous, supposedly, or whatever? He was the most down-to-earth. Sweetest people in the world.”

THE GODFATHER

Moses grew up in Athens, where he was a two-sport star at Cedar Shoals High School. One of his best friends was Xavier Godard, a teammate going all the way back to Little League.

Godard would go on to Western Carolina, where he would play for three years, marry a woman named Andria and have a daughter named Jasmine. He would also stay in close touch with his childhood friend, who had gone on to stardom.

Moses was first-team All-SEC in 2005, a defensive end on Georgia’s SEC championship team. Off the field, he was loved and respect. Moses wasn’t one of those guys who had to mature when he got to college. He was a good teammate and citizen from the start.

“He had a lot of respect from everybody,” Mark Richt, Georgia’s head coach from 2001-15, said on Monday. “He didn’t have to act a certain way to prove he was anything other than who he was. People respected who he was and how he went about his business. He was a very positive force on our team the whole time he was there. Some guys are part of the solution, some guys are part of the problem sometimes. He was a part of the solution type guy.”

Quentin Moses was picked in the third round of the 2007 NFL draft (65th overall) by Oakland, but he never played for the team. The Dolphins claimed him off waivers after he was released before the start of the 2007 season. In four seasons for the team, he had 3½ sacks and 35 tackles. (DAWGNATION FILE)

The Oakland Raiders picked Moses with the first pick of the third round in the 2007 draft. Everything seemed on track. And then tragedy struck.

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