In a big win against the hated Dallas Cowboys today, the most spectacular play wasn’t a gravity defying TD catch, 95 yard kick return or even an ankle breaking scamper to the end zone. It was the best running back in the 2007 NFL season intentionally falling down at the ½ yard line with no defender in sight to secure a desperately needed win for the Philadelphia Eagles.
With just over 2 minutes left in the game and a 4 point lead for the Birds, Brian Westbrook found a crease in the Cowgirls defense and broke away for 24 yards. He could have easily added a TD to his already great season and given his team a ten-point lead. With less than 2 minutes and Dallas left with no time outs scoring wouldn’t have been a bad play at all. Instead, B. West was clearly aware of game situation, time and score. He sacrificed his personal stats and made a brilliant decision to fall down and seal the win for HIS team.
I don’t know if another player would have made that play in any situation. Maybe it wouldn’t occur to them or they wanted to get theirs. Either way it was the single most unselfish play by a superstar I have ever seen in a crucial moment like that.
Can you think of something better?