Could he watch a game in every NFL stadium in one season? Pish! That was like catching fish in a teacup. The man has heard more whistles than Carmen Electra.
He has two basic rules: 1) never pay to park (even if you have to walk two miles); 2) find the cheapest ticket you can ("With 76,000 people going to a game, somebody's got to be sick," he says, so he looks for people coming up to the turnstiles alone or in groups of three; if he has to use a scalper, he waits until after the national anthem, when the prices come down).
Three months on the road costs him just more than $1,000. Of course, he fills water bottles from any available tap, has worn the same sweatshirt for eight months, gives himself haircuts and sleeps in Wal-Mart parking lots. "Some of those KOA campgrounds cost $12 a night!"
He shaves in Wal-Mart bathrooms. Showers at truck stops. Eats bananas in the car for breakfast, McDonald's Dollar Menu food for lunch and three handfuls of peanuts from each pocket during a game for supper. He never drives faster than 55--Moffitt says he's been stopped four times by cops for going too slow on an interstate--and refuses to use air conditioning. "Forty-seven miles per gallon!" he brags.
It's a lonely existence, just the way he likes it. "I like being by myself," he says. Naturally, he doesn't have a cellphone. "I taught kids for 34 years. I've heard enough." He has two daughters, though, who wish he'd check in more. "Hey, I wrote last month!"
He has no ATM card, no checking account, no home and no regrets. He might stay in a Motel 6 once a year. "Honestly, I'm much more comfortable in my car than in a bed."
He put 279,000 miles on his 1999 Saturn SL, then sold it in April for $1,000. Since then he's borrowed his ex-wife's 2000 Saturn. I saw this one. He folds down the backseat and lies on it with his legs in the trunk. He hangs a quilt--made of jerseys from his athletic career--from a bungee cord for privacy. Then he tucks his one-iron body into an old sleeping bag (no heat, it wastes gas), and suddenly he's got a suite at the Car-lyle.
The best game he's seen? " Seattle over Green Bay, Monday night, 1999, at Lambeau Field." Rudest fans? " Oakland Raiders'." Favorite place? "Spring training in Florida--38 games in 27 days!"
But Dave, wouldn't it be nice to share all this with somebody special?
"Not really," he says, though he left last week for an extended trip to Japan to visit his girlfriend, Kathy Moor, who's a teacher there. And if she ever questions his lifestyle? "Then I guess she won't be my girlfriend anymore."