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MMQB: What is Your Single Favorite Football Play in History?

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Jonathan Ferrey

The cool thing about having a favorite "something" is that there's no criteria for it. There doesn't have to be any rhyme or reason, and it doesn't have to make sense to anyone else but you. It could be something as big as a Super Bowl winning touchdown, or something as simple a sack in a MACtion game. As long as it holds significance for YOU, it's something special.

I love talking about sports. It's why I wanted to write for Black Shoe Diaries in the first place. It's why I occasionally write for Field Gulls. It's why I spend a ridiculous amount of time on the internet with you people taking about Penn State. One of my favorite parts of talking about sports with other people is hearing about why they became fans of the teams that they love. I've heard from multiple people about how they became Seahawk fans when Curt Warner was drafted. I've heard from an Oakland Raiders fan who became a Raiders fan when her brother became their starting center (Sup Wiz). I've heard from plenty of people who have the same story I do, they were born into it. But the stories that always interest me the most are the ones whose fandom was born out of a single play. The immaculate reception. The David Tyree helmet catch. The Auburn return on the missed field goal. The Vince Young run. There are so many awesome plays that have happened in college football and the NFL, and hearing about the ones that bred new fans are always cool, so I hope that applies to some of you.

Sadly, I personally do not possess one of those stories. As I'm sure you all know, I was born a Seattle fan, and became a Penn State fan when I began attending the school. I've seen plenty of things in my football viewing life that could have constituted my favorite plays of all time. Allen Robinson's catch. Mauti's sack in the 400th win game. The missed field goal against Illinois in the snow. The game winning field goal against Wisconsin in 2012. Even Derek Moye, almost singlehandedly beating Michigan State in 2010 will never leave my mind. Then there are the Seahawk moments like the first play of Super Bowl 48, Richard Sherman's tipped pass in the NFC Championship, and so many others. But for me, no play will ever stand out more than the Beastquake.

I remember every second of it like it was yesterday. I had friends over at home in New Jersey to watch the game. We sat around the TV as they delivered insults about the Seahawks and their 7-9 record, insults I was more than used to by that point. Then, with 3:37 left in the 4th quarter of the game, with the Seahawks trying to fend off the furious Saints rally, Marshawn Lynch took the handoff. Michael Robinson plowed in front of him, trying to clear the lane the pay was designed to clear. The defenders plugged up the hole. Lynch bounced off the first two. From that second on, he was completely off script. The blockers stopped moving, and didn't make an impact on the play again until Lynch had gone 35 yards down the field. I don't remember how I got on top of the footrest in my living room, but I was there. Cheering. Screaming. I couldn't hear a single thing the announcers were saying on TV, because all I could hear were my own screams and the disbelief and cheers of my friends. Just like that, the 7-9 Seahawks, the team that didn't belong, had beaten the reigning Super Bowl champions. I will never forget that moment. Never before has a play in a football captivated me like that one did.

So I ask you, loyal readers. Do you have a favorite play in football history? Please feel free to share your story with it. Why was it your favorite? Was it because of the significance of the game? Because of the feeling it gave you? Was it just because it was hilarious?

Keep in mind, this is a completely acceptable answer.