The 7 Most Lethal Signature Moves in NFL History

Bleacher ReportCorrespondent IINovember 17, 2011

The 7 Most Lethal Signature Moves in NFL History

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    Michael Jordan's fade away. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar's sky hook. The Dream Shake. 

    Wayne Gretzky's from-behind-the-net pass. Alexander Ovechkin's open-ice slap shot. Jaromir Jagr's along-the-boards stick handling. 

    These are some of the most unstoppable signature moves in sports. 

    The NFL has more and a wider variety. There are no "great moves" on defense in the NBA, nor are there in the NHL. Players can make great blocks and goalies can make great saves, but it's nothing like the NFL. 

    Offense, defense, special teams, there are some moves that simply can't be stopped. Once unleashed, they're lethal. 

Lawrence Taylor's Outside Rush

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    You've surely seen the play in the video hundreds of times by now, and you know it's not for the faint of heart. 

    Lawrence Taylor was the most devastating pass-rusher in history, and his trademark outside rush was nearly impossible to stop. 

    Taylor would get almost parallel to the ground as he rounded the corner, and here, Joe Theismann is the unlucky guy who has to deal with it. 

Devin Hester's Joystick

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    Devin Hester is the most electrifying return man in NFL history. It's a mystery why anyone still gives him a chance to take one to the house on either a punt or kick. 

    Hester now has 18 return touchdowns in his career, more than any player ever. 

    Hester's ability to stop on a dime and change directions while still somehow moving at full speed, combined with his incredible vision, make him a threat to go all the way every time he touches the ball. 

    Coverage men are helpless when Hester dekes and shakes them out of their boots; it's like he's playing a video game. 

Dan Marino's Quick Release

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    Dan Marino is one of the best quarterbacks ever, and he has the stats to back it up. 

    For a long time, he was the all-time leader in nearly every passing category.

    What made Marino especially dangerous in all situations was his lightning-quick release. A quick Google search for "Dan Marino quick release" yields a whopping 53,500 hits.

    It's legendary in NFL circles, and all quarterbacks with quick releases are always compared to Marino. 

Randy Moss's Jump Ball Catch

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    Randy Moss was an athletic freak. He could seemingly run faster, jump higher and catch the ball over any number of defenders in his wake.

    The best way to utilize Moss' unique skill set was to simply lob the ball up to him in the end zone and let him go get it. 

    His long arms, strong hands and excellent body control meant he was coming down with the ball nearly every time. 

Dwight Freeney's Spin Move

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    Dwight Freeney is one of the best pass-rushers of our time, and his signature spin move might be the most automatic move of any defensive player in NFL history. 

    Freeney is so fast and so dangerous coming off the edge that tackles often overplay him for the outside rush, perfectly setting him up for the inside spin move once he gets them to turn their hips. 

    He gets up the field fast and changes directions even faster because of the spin, and before you even know it, he's got the quarterback on the ground. 

Barry Sanders' Jump Cut

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    If Barry Sanders had played longer, he might very well have retired as the NFL's all-time leading rusher. There are many who still consider him the best running back to ever play the game. 

    Sanders' signature cuts, cutbacks, fakes and misdirections made him one of the toughest running backs to tackle. 

    He was so fast, so quick and so shifty that it was almost impossible to tell which direction he was going until he was already past you. Ken Norton Jr. of the Dallas Cowboys learned that the hard way in this video. 

Peyton Manning's Play Action

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    You've seen it countless times.

    Peyton Manning runs diagonally backward, arm all the way outstretched to hand the ball off to his running back on the Colts' patented stretch run. Your eyes instinctively follow the running back; Edgerrin James, Joseph Addai, Donald Brown.

    And then, all of a sudden, the camera pans back to Peyton Manning, because he still has the ball. 

    And he's eyeing Marvin Harrison or Reggie Wayne or Pierre Garcon all the way down the field.

    All of a sudden, it's a touchdown. 

    Peyton Manning's play-action fake is quite simple the most devastating move of all time.