10 Most Outrageous Plays in NFL History
The NFL is home to some of the most competitive, testosterone-driven men in the world. That these athletes provide some of the most outrageous moments ever caught on live television should come as no surprise.
Fortunately, we live in the internet era and most of these moments are there for our viewing pleasure at the click of a button.
From just a few weeks ago to the pre-Super Bowl era, here are the 10 most outrageous moments in NFL history, with a few "honorable mentions" along the way.
Kyle Turley Helmet Toss
Kyle Turley was a very good lineman for a long time, starting all but one game of his NFL career until his final retirement.
However, history will remember him for one outburst. The New York Jets give quarterback Aaron Brooks a little extra business after the whistle, and he does what he is paid to do: Protect his quarterback. It is safe to say he went a little overboard with the job description.
I love how Turley has half the New York Jets on top of him, but had one mission: Come out of the pile with either the head or the helmet of Damien Robinson. Good for Turley that he settled with the helmet.
Albert Haynesworth Face Stomp
Thanks to Albert Haynesworth's face stomp of Andre Gurode, Ndamukong Suh is only the second-worst offender of cleat-on-opponent crime in the NFL. Haynesworth was suspended five games for this attack. In today's NFL, he might have been gone for the year.
The difference between Suh and Haynesworth is Haynesworth's attack was premeditated. It took time to rip off Andre Gurode's helmet, and Haynesworth split Gurode's head open with his cleat.
Ndamukong Suh's stomp on Thanksgiving Day.
James Harrison Concusses Two Browns in One Game
There was a time when this was called great defense. Does anyone else remember the NFL when a defender's job was to separate a player from the ball?
Regardless, Mohamed Massaquoi and Josh Cribbs were both crushed by Harrison, resulting in concussions for both players and a hefty fine for Harrison.
Harrison's hits would inspire a day of NFL infamy, later dubbed "Bloody Sunday," when four bone-crushing hits caused four concussions across the league. Harrison has become a scapegoat for the new, "safe" world of the NFL.
Harrison was the first to receive a hefty fine, and the first to be suspended for a helmet-to-helmet hit.
Personally, think the NFL has unfairly targeted Harrison. He is listed generously at six feet even, and is nothing but head and shoulders. When receivers try to duck him, as Massaquoi did on this play, they end up with a face full of helmet.
If you look at the picture, you can tell Harrison's head is no more than four feet off the ground. If Massaquoi is standing upright, it is a clean shoulder-to-gut tackle for Harrison. With his build, power and aggressive style of play, this may be only the first suspension for Harrison.
Terrell Owens Dancing on the Star
Randy Moss Moons Lambeau Faithful
This one is pretty self-explanatory. Randy Moss is in the midst of lighting up the Green Bay Packers in the first round of the playoffs when he gives them the sweet farewell. This would end up being the last victory of Randy Moss' prime with the Minnesota Vikings.
I can't believe this happened seven years ago already. And what better duo to be covering the game than Joe Buck and Tim McCarver? These two old-school analysts are better served for the slow pace of playoff baseball, and were absolutely out of their element on this one.
I can still hear Buck screaming "Ohh, what a disgrace!" as if someone just kicked the family dog.
Leon Lett's Would-Be Touchdown
Leon Lett is lucky that Super Bowl XXVII was such a laugher or else this play would be even more infamous. Lett was strolling toward something few defensive linemen ever get the chance to do: score a touchdown in the Super Bowl. Then he got cocky.
Remember, when you are 300-pound professional athlete, there is always someone faster than you.
Honorable mention: Leon Lett does it again!
Again, on national television, Lett shows the world why no one ever accused him of having a high football IQ. Except this time it cost his team the game.
Jim Marshall's Wrong-Way Run
You see that in your rearview Jim Marshall? Notice how no one is chasing you? No, you aren't that fast. You are about to score two points for the other team.
Maybe Jim Marshall was meant to be a tight end. Maybe he was a prime example of why we have concussion testing. Or maybe he was just flat-out confused. Whatever the case, it has been 47 years, and Jim Marshall will never live this down.
This has to be considered the most hilarious play in NFL history. Every time I see it, I picture the poor coaches running down the sideline yelling, "You're going the wrong way!!!"
Jerome Bettis Failed Coin Toss
In 13 NFL seasons, Jerome Bettis rarely faced an obstacle he could not barrel through. Then he met Phil Luckett, and a routine coin flip became one of the most infamous moments in NFL history. With the nation watching on Thanksgiving Day, the Pittsburgh Steelers and Detroit Lions were deadlocked at 16.
As the captain of the Steelers, Bettis came out for the coin toss to determine who would receive the overtime kickoff. What happened next is still up for debate. Bettis claims he called tails, "clear as day," while Luckett maintains he heard a "h-tails."
The Lions took the opening kickoff into field-goal range, and the Steelers did not win another game the rest of the season. I intended to include a clip so you could decide for yourself, but could not find one. Conspiracy?
Honorable mention: Phil Luckett brings new meaning to the phrase "pass interference" by breaking up a sure touchdown to Joe Horn. Luckett is either the worst referee in NFL history or...no, he's the worst.
Andre Johnson and Cortland Finnegan Go at It
Lost in that mess is Cortland Finnegan and Andre Johnson duking it out. Best NFL fight ever? I have not seen any better.
As the best cornerback and best receiver for their respective AFC South teams, Johnson and Finnegan face off twice a season and their feelings for each other were never a secret. On this day, the rivalry would go to another level, as Johnson finally had enough of the scrappy, smack-talking Finnegan.
First the helmets go, then the fists fly. A nice little tussle between two men that represent opposite ends of the NFL spectrum; Johnson as the uber-athlete and Finnegan as the overachieving scrapper.
Jim Schwartz and Jim Harbaugh
If there is anything better than a player fight, it is a coach fight. If left to their own devices Jim Harbaugh and Schwartz likely would have come to blows. Both are known as two of the most manic and competitive coaches in the NFL. Schwartz calling someone out for being over-exuberant is just laughable.
My favorite part of the video? The short, chubby dude in the suit coming out of nowhere going "woah, woah, woah, woah." Seriously fellas! Can't we all just handle this like a couple of gosh-darned adults?