Denver Broncos Running Backs Decide Touchdown by Playing 'Rock, Paper, Scissors'

Dan Carson@@DrCarson73Trending Lead WriterSeptember 24, 2013

July 25, 2013; Englewood, CO, USA;Denver Broncos running back Ronnie Hillman (21) and running back Montee Ball (38) and running back Lance Ball (35) during training camp at the Broncos training facility. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports
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The touchdown was a foregone conclusion; they just needed to figure out who would run it.

UPDATE: Knowshon Moreno celebrated a 1st quarter touchdown against the Eagles on Sunday with "Rock, Paper, Scissors"

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The Denver Broncos eviscerated the Oakland Raiders on Monday Night Football, and by the end of the game, things were so well in hand that the Denver backfield was playing childhood hand games to decide who would score next.

Sep 23, 2013; Denver, CO, USA; Denver Broncos running back Ronnie Hillman (21) runs with the ball during the second half against the Oakland Raiders at Sports Authority Field at Mile High.  The Broncos won 37-21. Mandatory Credit: Chris Humphreys-USA TODA
Chris Humphreys-USA TODAY Sports

The game was "Rock, Paper, Scissors." According to Chris Strauss of For The Win, it all began when Ronnie Hillman, Knowshon Moreno and Montee Ball gathered on the sidelines while waiting for a referee’s decision. 

Officials were reviewing a 13-yard run by Hillman that appeared to cross the plane of the Raiders' goal line. Thinking that the touchdown wouldn't be awarded, the three backs started shooting for who would get to punch the ball into the end zone on the next play. 

Fittingly enough, it was Hillman who won the chance to finish what he started.

According to Hillman, via Lindsay H. Jones of USA Today Sports, the hand game began with Moreno disqualifying himself by shooting "rock" a moment too early. Come on, Knowshon. You go on "shoot," not "three." There are fantasy owners out there depending on your knowledge of childhood hand games. 

Aug 24, 2013; Denver, CO, USA; Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning (18) hands off to running back Ronnie Hillman (21) during the first quarter against the St. Louis Rams at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Mandatory Credit: Chris Humphreys-USA T
Chris Humphreys-USA TODAY Sports

With Moreno out of the running, it came down to Hillman and Ball. In a rookie move, Ball threw “paper” first and lost to Hillman’s “scissors.” Only communists and cat ladies throw paper on the first go-around, Montee. You’re better than that.

So Hillman was awarded the carry, and as expected, he punched the ball in for the touchdown.

Some might see this as cockiness—and it is, don’t doubt that—but you’ve got to love the confidence. On a team like this year’s Broncos, where the backfield will perpetually play second fiddle, you like to see young backs who know they can put the ball in the end zone.

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