Was it dominant running? Or just the worst tackling to ever occur on the field of an organized football game?
You be the judge, but I’m leaning toward the latter on this 50-yard steamrolling run by Canadian running back Jaeden Washington.
A two-sport athlete for St. Michael’s College in Toronto (which is the equivalent of a U.S. high school), Washington emasculated an entire defense on his way to the end zone, bulldozing linebackers and shaking cornerbacks off like drunk children.
Cameron Smith of Yahoo! Sports spotted the video of the demoralizing run, and he points out that this was just one of many touchdowns St. Michael’s scored against St. Andrew’s (Aurora, Ont.) in a 53-2 drubbing.
By my count, Washington breaks 8.125 tackles on this play. Granted, I’m being very liberal with what I consider a “tackle.” One such “tackle” includes a safety—a SAFETY—jumping out of the way and swishing his hands in Washington’s general direction. We’ll count that as one-eighth of an attempted tackle.
That being said, nothing this defense could do was going to stop Washington, who turned into the Canadian Marshawn Lynch on this run. Almost every defender gets a hand on Washington—who was first hit in the backfield—and he still makes it into the end zone.
The question that remains is, does Washington have next-level stuff? Better question: How would he fare against defenders who are aware of their arms and can execute a form tackle?
We’ll have to wait and see. In the meantime, we’ll keep this around as an instructional guide on how not to tackle.
Canada: Books and defense cost extra.