The 5 Best Fat Guy Touchdowns of 2012
There is never a shortage of excitement over the course of a week in the NFL.
Records are on the verge of being broken each and every week. San Francisco 49ers outside linebacker Aldon Smith has a chance to break Michael Strahan's single-season sack record, and Adrian Peterson has his sights set on breaking Eric Dickerson's single-season rushing record.
Quarterbacks continue to put up mind-numbing numbers, and their wide receivers are the main beneficiaries.
But perhaps the most entertaining play in football is the "fat guy touchdown." Watching a guy like Chris Johnson blow past the competition and glide into the end zone is a thing of beauty. But watching a 300-pound defensive lineman waddle into the end zone is a train wreck. And one simply can't look away.
Let's take a look at the top five "fat guy touchdowns" of 2012.
5. Jason Hatcher, DE Cowboys
Although "fat guy touchdowns" are more fun to watch when a guy is waddling all the way down the field into the end zone, Cowboys defensive end Jason Hatcher cracks this list. Cowboys outside linebacker Anthony Spencer forced the fumble on Nick Foles, and Hatcher simply jumped on the ball in the end zone.
This was a big play in the game, but it doesn't crack the top three on this list because it simply wasn't a traditional "fat guy touchdown." We didn't even get to see the 6'6" 305-pound Hatcher run with the ball. And that's just not right.
So, congratulations, Jason. Thanks to your 305-pound frame, you crack the top five. But next time, make it look a little uglier and you'll move your way up.
4. Brian Urlacher, LB Bears
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First of all, Brian Urlacher does not fit my definition of a "fat guy." He may not be as mobile as he once was, but he's still only a 258-pound linebacker.
But earlier this season, when the Bears defeated the Tennessee Titans 51-20, Urlacher had what some might call a "fat guy touchdown." Those days when Urlacher could run stride-for-stride with opposing tight ends and running backs are long gone.
Now, Urlacher is the savvy veteran who relies on his brain more than his old legs. After intercepting Matt Hasselbeck, Urlacher looked like Ray Nitschke as he rumbled down the field and into the end zone.
3. Mike Daniels, DE Packers
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Watching a 300-pound defensive lineman score a touchdown is always fun. It's even better to see the opposing quarterback in a giving mood around the holidays.
When the Packers hosted the Lions on Dec. 9, Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford fumbled the ball without even being touched. Packers defensive end Mike Daniels was in the right place at the right time and returned the fumble 43 yards for a touchdown.
The rookie defensive lineman from Iowa stands just 6'0" and weighs 291 pounds. Fat guy? Check. Touchdown? Check. Daniels belongs on this list.
2. Wallace Gilberry, DE Bengals
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The latest "fat guy touchdown" was on Thursday Night Football when Bengals defensive lineman Wallace Gilberry recovered a fumble and rumbled into the end zone for the touchdown.
Eagles running back Bryce Brown bobbled the ball as Nick Foles handed the ball off. Bengals defensive tackle Pat Sims hit Brown, making Gilberry's job pretty easy. See the ball, recover the ball, score the touchdown.
This score gets some bonus points because it involves two big guys. Sims gets the assist, and Gilberry gets the score. It's always nice to see two fat guys getting along, and Sims and Gilberry are 610 pounds of touchdown-scoring goodness.
1. Muhammad Wilkerson, DE Jets
Seahawks rookie quarterback Russell Wilson has been great at taking care of the ball this season. However, on this particular play, there was nothing he could do to protect the ball from Jets defensive end Mike DeVito.
Wilson fumbled the ball, and Muhammad Wilkerson returned it 21 yards for a touchdown. Not only was it impressive to see the 315-pound Wilkerson waddle his way to the end zone rather gracefully, his celebration was even better.
The dunk over the goalpost has become one of the most common touchdown celebrations in the NFL. Falcons tight end Tony Gonzalez has been doing it for over a decade, and Saints tight end Jimmy Graham makes the 10-foot crossbar look like it's a Little Tykes basketball hoop.
After scoring a touchdown, Wilkerson went up and dunked the ball over the goalpost like nothing. Bravo, Mr. Wilkerson. Your touchdown is, without a doubt, the best "fat guy touchdown" of the 2012 season thus far.