Here at Sports Kings we went brainstorming in the past and present for the best iconic moments in football. Our goal is to feature players who have wowed us with their signature move that fans all over have talked about, mimic, or can tell you where they were when the incident happened. We will use Terrell Davis for example. Do you remember the Mile High Salute? Well if you were a Denver Broncos’ fan or hater you saw it plenty during their Super Bowl run in the late ’90s. The Mile High Salute indicated the Broncos way of celebrating one of their many touchdowns. There are 40 iconic moments that were chosen, they are not in any particular order.
40. Terrell Davis Mile High Salute
39. Ickey Woods “The Ickey Shuffle”
Ickey wasn’t in the league very long but he did make an impact when he reached the end zone. Woods touchdown dance became hip hop!
38. Michael Irvin’s First down Salute
I can’t remember who was the first to celebrate a first down but you knew when it was 3rd and 9, Troy Aikman was going to hit Irvin with that ten yard slant. First and ten Cowboys!
37. Walter Payton’s Bulldozing Over Defenders & Jumping Over the Top Of The Pile.
Sweetness, now that’s funny, Walter Payton was everything but SWEET! He was probably pound for pound the most physical mixed with athletic running back the game had ever seen.
36. T.O SMH! The Star, Popcorn, Sharpie, Pom Pom
Terrell Owens brought WWF to football. Since the NFL only marketed the great Peyton Manning, Terrell promoted himself better than anyone else. Besides know one loves T.O more than T.O!
35. Shawn Merriman’s Lights Out Dance
Shawn Merriman perfected the Mark Gastineau sack dance representing the Charger’s bolt. Just when he made his nitch as a sack master father time set in soon after.
34. Peyton Manning’s Cadence
I always got tickled when Peyton barked out his cadence. You would see defenses change their call, for what? We all know Peyton is throwing the ball! Nevertheless, Peyton hike the ball please!
33. Deion “Prime Time” Sanders Showboating
Prime Time, Prime Time, Prime Time! Did anyone have more swag than #21. You knew if you Deion was at corner then his whole side of the field was covered.
32. The Eddie Lacy’s Spin Move
Eddie Lacy is probably the only back in history that enjoyed the spin move drill in practice. Lacy’s looks like a human pinball machine.
31. Bo Jackson’s 91 Yard Touchdown vs Seattle Seahawks
Damn you Bo, how could you be the one to end Brian Bosworth’s football career! Hmmm, just think Bo was one time a marketing machine. I wonder who’s our Bo Jackson today?
30. The Mack Brown’s Clap!
If you are a Texas Longhorn fan shouldn’t we be clapping at Mack Brown’s resignation? After losing out on RGIII, Andrew Luck, Johnny Manziel, and Jameis Winston. Job well done Mack!
29. 1993 Buffalo Bills Greatest Comeback Against Houston Oilers
Houston Oilers up 35-3 and Buffalo Bills are without Jim Kelly at the helm. Here comes backup quarterback, Frank Reich with a second half surge throwing for 21 of 34 pass completions for 289 yards and 4 touchdowns, with 1 interception.
28. Desmond Howard’s Heisman Pose
Desmond probably got the Heisman for the simple fact he posed better than the Heisman himself!
27. Jim Mora “Playoffs?”
Don’t you just love meltdowns, does anyone even remember if they ever won a again?
26. John Elway’s Helicopter Run
Of all the highlights John Elway has been a part of, his helicopter run signifies a Super Bowl victory.
25. Robert Brooks’ Lambeau Leap
I’m sure there were many of Packers before Brooks that leaped into the land of Cheese heads but I can’t think of one that did it before Brooks. I’m sure some Packer historian can tell me who was the first.
24. Cam Newton’s “Superman”
Is Cam really Superman? Not only does he have a S on his chest. He now wears Superman socks now. Thank the Lord he’s winning football games now.
23. Franco Harris’ Immaculate Reception
All I can say is in the right place at the right time but what was the big deal, they lost to the undefeated Miami Dolphins a week later.
22. Jamal Anderson’s “The Dirty Bird”
What was once the Bird by Morris Day and the Time. Then comes Jamal Anderson with his touchdown celebration and it was a little bit on the dirty side.
21. Dennis Green’s “Meltdown!”
Yep, I agree Dennis your Cardinals did let the Bears off the hook, epic but not quite the greatest meltdown.
20. Jim McMahon’s Headband
You had to love Jim McMahon being onry, he was the bad boy of sports. Without Jim McMahon pushing buttons you may not have a T.O or a Chad Johnson.
19. Michael Strahan’s Sack Record
So who really cheapen this sack record, Brett Favre or Michael Strahan. I guess if you are going to give it to me, I have to take it, right?
18. Eric Dickerson’s Goggles & Neck Brace
For those who don’t know what Eric hairdo was back in the day was, it was the Jheri Curl. The Curl also signified coolness to go along with the goggles and neck brace. Everything Dickerson did was cool, heck he even ran cool!
That catch ended the Cowboy reign in the NFC and started a dynasty for the 49ers. Is that when the two-minute drill all started. Joe Montana to Dwight Clark!
16. Lynn Swann’s Circus Catch
I guess its pick on Cowboys day! Yes its Lynn Swann and one of his epic Super Bowl catches. Okay it was spectacular!
15. Mike Singletary’s “Intense Eyes”
Is it me or did running backs just fall down after the Singletary stare at them?
14. Jerry Jones On The Sidelines
No one complained when the Cowboys were winning but heck that was 16 years ago! Then again if my team was worth close to 2 billion dollars I would be on the sidelines too!
13. Tony Dorsett’s 99 yard touchdown run
This happen on Monday Night Football January 3, 1983. This record will always be intact, it can only be tied.
12. Tom Brady’s “Tuck Rule”
This play started all this Patriot Dynasty BS! Of all teams getting screwed, DA RAIDERS! Between the Tuck Rule and Spygate……… Equals a New England Patriot Dynasty. Spygate wasn’t included but probably should have.
11. David Tyree’s Super Bowl Catch
David Tyree should have been given a second Super Bowl ring for this catch. One from the NY Giants and a second one from the ’72 Miami Dolphins. His catch led to winning catch by Plaxico Burruss. He kept New England from the perfect season of 19 – 0. Heck no love afterwards, Tyree didn’t make the squad the following season.
10. “Steve Tasker’s Hustle Play “Super Bowl XXVII” “Leon Lett”
Oh Leon, if only people knew how dominant of a defensive tackle you were, but blunders like this and who could forget the Thanksgiving Day when you touched that blocked kick!
9. Keyshawn Johnson’s “Give Me The Damn Ball”
Perfect title for a starving wide receiver. Funny how Wayne Chrebet was getting the ball instead!
8. Kordell Stewart’s Hail Mary Throw To Michael Westbrook
It was Kordell’s only highlight of his football career. As for Michael Westbrook, I can only remember him giving his former Redskins teammate Stephen Davis a can of whoop a$$!
7. Pat Summerall & John Madden
The pair was a very entertaining. Pat Summerall’s voice, I can hear it now giving True Value Hardware some love and Madden, I can vision him drawing plays on the tv monitor.
6. Mike Gundy’s “I’m A Man I’m 40!”
Thank God for 40, I’m finally a MAN!
5. Chicago Bears “Super Bowl Shuffle”
The big bad Bears pulled this one-off, I remember having to do this same bit in choir back in junior high school. They came, saw and kicked a$$ while doing the shuffle.
4. Herm Edwards “You play to win the game!”
The best meltdown to this point, who has more charisma than Herm Edwards? Great motivator, like him even more on ESPN
3. “The Drive” Denver vs. Cleveland
The Drive was only the start. It wasn’t the Cleveland Browns that was haunted by John Elway. It was Marty Schottenheimer who was being tormented. After Marty left Cleveland for Kansas City, Elway picked on him for another decade in KC.
2. Joe Namath’s Super Bowl guarantee
Namath’s Super Bowl guarantee gave the American Football Conference some legitimacy. Don’t hear too many bold predictions anymore.
1. 1972 Miami Dolphins Undefeated Season 17 – 0
I guess we can continue to watch these old geezers pop open champagne year after year. I don’t think anyone is going perfect anytime soon despite the league being watered down a bit.
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“Experts” are known for making lazy comparisons. So, when you look at rookie sensation Robert Griffin III, and you think “who’s the last black guy that could run fast?” Cam Newton is the first guy that comes to mind, so now the two are linked together, even though they have essentially no similarities in their games, on or off the field.
Griffin isn’t satisfied with the laziness easier, and he holds himself to higher standards. He wants to be compared to guys with Super Bowl rings like Aaron Rodgers, not a second-year quarterback of one of the worst teams in the league. He had this to say when asked about the comparisons to Newton:
Couldn’t have said it better myself, and I love the mindset of RGIII.
Honestly, the best, and maybe only comparison for Griffin is probably Hall-of-Famer Steve Young. That isn’t because I am searching for a white guy to compare him with. Rather, the reasoning is that both players have the ability to run successfully, but would rather throw the ball first, and only use their legs when necessary. And no, I am not putting Griffin in Young’s category whatsoever, because he has a long way to go, but stylistically, I see a lot of Steve Young in Griffin.
I don’t think Griffin would mind the comparison either, as Young has his fair share of jewelry to show off from his football days.
By: Frank Santos- Sports-Kings Assistant Site Manager
This is the first of what we hope to be many Round Table discussions. We’ll try to do these regularly with a current event in the Sports world. Find out what we think of Race being an issue in the conversation about Panthers QB Cam Newton. To submit a topic of what you’d like to have us discuss, send us an email at [email protected]!
1. This week, former quarterback Warren Moon said the criticism of Cam Newton is fueled by racism. Do you believe it is fair to compare Cam Newton to Vince Young? Is this comparison motivated by race?
Brett Krummenacker: I have a problem with Warren Moon’s comments for more than one reason. First, some people are criticizing Cam Newton because his team is struggling and they are right to do so because the team is 1-5. As the quarterback, Newton has to take responsibility for the 1-5 start. Everyone looks to the QB for leadership and when the team is bad, it is often the quarterback who faces criticism. Newton needs to learn to handle losing a bit better. To me, Cam is coming off as a whiner. Instead of trying to fix the problems with the team, Newton wants others to fix them for him. Even if the team is struggling because of the poor defense, inability to use the running backs or a bad offensive scheme, Newton needs to understand when the team is bad the media is going to look to him for answers. In this matter, the comparisons to Vince Young are spot on. Both seemed to struggle with having to answer to losing. Both, at times, came off as whiners and complainers. Continue reading
It’s that time again. The NFL season is back and we at Sports-Kings have sat down with ten of our writers to bring you our annual NFL Awards. This covers everything from league MVP, all the way to Super Bowl champions!
Offensive Player of the Year:
Jim Racalto- Cam Newton, Quarterback, Carolina Panthers
LeRoy McConnell III- Matthew Stafford, Quarterback, Detroit Lions
Justin Arbogast (NFL Guy)- Tom Brady, Quarterback, New England Patriots
Arun Morace- Matthew Stafford, Quarterback, Detroit Lions
Joey Bats- Aaron Rodgers, Quarterback, Green Bay Packers
Mark Evans- Tom Brady, Quarterback, New England Patriots
Brett Krummenacker – Tom Brady, Quarterback, New England Patriots
Frank Santos- Ray Rice, Running Back, Baltimore Ravens
Andy Flint- Matthew Stafford, Quarterback, Detroit Lions
Jason Whitney- Aaron Rodgers, Quarterback, Green Bay Packers Continue reading
Cam Newton doesn’t want to run the single-wing offense anymore. He’s looking for a dual-set formation. Translation from football jargon: Cam Newton wants a girlfriend, according to USA Today.
‘”I’m looking for one” said Newton. “You got someone for me?”‘
As the report goes on to say, the Carolina Panthers quarterback has had trouble finding a girlfriend because of how tight he keeps his inner circle, and because of how he believes that many of the women attracted to him are only attracted to his fame and fortune.
“Genuine people, at this stage in my life, are very scarce. That’s unfortunate….People who come in to your life just to use you for who you are”
Refreshing to hear an athlete who knows that there are people who are only attracted to the persona , not the person himself, and is striving to keep himself away from hangers-on, groupies and leeches. Still, the former #1 overall draft pick would very much like to find success in his love life to match the success he’s had on the football field.
So ladies….any takers for a former National Champion, Heisman Trophy winner and the 2011 NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year? Only genuine people need apply.
The Madden fan voting is down to Carolina Panthers quarterback, Cam Newton, and Detroit Lions wide receiver, Calvin Johnson. Lions fans know all about bad luck and many have been skeptical to vote for “Megatron”, in fear that they’ll lose their standout wide receiver to the Madden Curse.
“You’ve been hearing about the curse forever,” Johnson said. “I’m not a big guy for curses; I don’t even think about it. “I’m looking forward to it and it would be very cool to have it. It would be good for the city, good for this organization and especially good for my foundation.”
Tread lightly. This curse really seems to have some footing. I’m not one to be superstitious, but the Madden Curse has seemingly held it’s own against some talented NFL players over the past decade and some change.
So maybe the Detroit fans have a good reason of being so skeptical?
Only time will tell.