There is fame and there is fortune. And then there is failure. Epic public failure.

Broncos safety Rahim Moore discovered that in the blink of an eye. When he failed to knock down Joe Flacco's game-tying, 70-yard bomb to Jacoby Jones in last Saturday's AFC playoff loss to the Baltimore Ravens, Moore became part of Colorado sports infamy, his name forever linked to one of the lowest moments in Broncos history.

Moore can't ever erase the awful moment. He may never forget it. But he can move on. He can gain perspective. Just ask former Rockies closer Huston Street.

"Those are some of the most honest moments you ever have with yourself," Street said last week from his lakefront home in Austin, Texas. "Because, on one hand, you want to pretend that you are over it the next minute. You want to be able to say, 'I'm tough, it happened, it's part of the game, you win some, you lose some.'

"But at the same time, it lasts a lifetime. It's something that you failed to do, and you know you failed to succeed. As a competitor, I take that responsibility seriously."

Street paused for a moment, then added: "But you learn from it. You let it motivate you. You let it drive you. But something like that, it never defines you as a person or as an athlete, because there is so much more to life."