Epic Carnival | Where Sports and Pop Culture Collide: THE BEST HIT IN THE HISTORY OF THE NFL, VIDEO


by Ethanator1088, NESW Sports

First of all, this is completely subjective. We can all have favorites. This is mine. I know we have all seen it before, but have you ever thought of where it fits among the all time greatest hits. This is the Reggie Bush hit. Most football fans do not need further explanation. It was a brutal hit. It was a memorable hit. It was a funny hit. If you are not aware of the play, let me give you a little bit of a back story.

It is important to know exactly what was going on. It was Sat, Jan 13, 2007, Philadelphia, @ New Orleans, the 2nd round of the NFL playoffs. Reggie Bush was on three different kinds of fire. Every team was scared that he would get the ball. He was supposed to be the best thing since sliced bread. He still might be great, but Bo Jackson, Herschel Walker, Barry Sander, and Walter Payton are the best thing since sliced bread. Now Reggie Bush can just try to be the best thing since those four. ( Once again those feelings are subjective and are not fact, but should be. ) I digress. Every defensive player made sure they knew exactly where Reggie Bush was.

Bush changed the entire Saints offense. He had help from Deuce Mcallister, Marques Colston, and Drew Brees, but it seemed that Reggie Bush was the special ingredient. Bush was in his rookie season and he was making these big time NFL vets look silly. He looked like he barely skipped a beat from his 2005 Heisman trophy season at USC. Now you know where we are, and who is getting hit. I do feel that I should reiterate that the hit that took place this day seemed to be out of the realm of possibilities. Reggie Bush was blowing seven different kinds of smoke.

The Saints got the ball first, and were on their opening drive. This is not even one minute into the game. The play is a screen to the right. The receivers ran their routs but the defenders knew exactly what was going on. Drew Brees did not sell the pass at all. Brees wanted to get the ball to Reggie Bush and watch him go. He had been doing it all season. Drew Brees floats the screen pass, because there was an Eagles defensive end 4 yards deep in the backfield. Reggie Bush had to wait for the ball to come down. Sheldon Brown was in perfect position to run full speed and hit Bush right when the ball touched his hands. Sheldon knew this, and took full advantage.

He hit Bush so hard that he immediately decleated and was horizontal 3 feet in the air. There was no doubt that this hit was brutal. Reggie Bush tried to pop right up and he went right back down. There is nothing too odd about that. The funniest thing is when he crawled on all fours. That was when this hit elevated to number one. That was priceless. He was not injured for life, but the emperors clothes were off. Everyone knew that Reggie Bush could be stopped and most importantly Reggie Bush knew he could be stopped. Bush still had the last laugh with a great game and a victory, Philadelphia 24, New Orleans 27.

Now let me go over a few reasons why this hit beat out some hits that you might have wanted to include.
1. It was not helmet to helmet.
2. It was not gruesome ala the Joe Theismann hit.
3. It was in the Playoffs.
4. It involved a Superstar.
5. There have been a bunch of helicopter hits. They are fun to watch, but it has been done.
6. Not many hits are on the cover of Sports Illustrated.
7. Lastly, the most important reason, It was flat out funny.

2 comment(s):

Tracer Bullet said...

That makes me giggle every time I see it, but a few minor quibbles:

-- That wasn't a DE, but LB Dhani Jones blitzing.

-- It was a flare pass, not a screen. Brees expected Brown to run up the field with the WR, clearing space for Bush in the flat. But, because the Saints burned the Eagles with the same play earlier in the season, defensive coordinator Jim Johnson changed the read. Brown keyed on Bush and the safety came over to take the WR.

-- You left out the best part about that SI article: Brown said he didn't feel a thing hitting Bush. "It was like running through a cardboard box."

-- I am a pedantic ass.

Ethanator1088 said...

Quibble away bud. :-)

Sorry about the DE part, but it does look like no one is having any quibbles with me saying that this was the best hit.

When he crawls I giggle as well. :-)

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