Mike Florio of ProFootballTalk had Bills punter Brian Moorman on his PFT Live podcast show thing today, mainly because Moorman is doing good deeds to help the folks in Joplin, Missouri. But the conversation turned — as I imagine conversations with Moorman often do — to the ENORMOUS hit that Redskins safety Sean Taylor put on Moorman on a fake punt in the 2007 Pro Bowl.
(You can watch that hit above, and I recommend it. It’s quite possibly the greatest thing ever to happen in a Pro Bowl in the game’s sixty year history.)
Seeing that hit, It would be easy to believe that Moorman has no recollection of it whatsoever, but it turns out that his memories of the play are pretty sharp — and pretty entertaining. First, though, here’s Moorman on the legacy of the hit:
That definitely has given me an extended fifteen seconds of fame, because I think that every year a rookie comes in and says, ‘Hey, you’re The Guy!’ It’s kind of a funny thing for me, and obviously you can still find it on YouTube, so people still see it. I get somebody, probably five or ten people a year that say something to me out in public or whatever. So I think that’s gonna stick with me a while.
That is what it is. It was a good experience and I’m just glad I got up ’cause it was the biggest shot I ever took in my football career.
Florio follows up by talking about what an enormous hit it was — “full postseason speed,” he says — and asks Moorman what it felt like to get drilled like that.
I told our Reebok rep that it was a perfect commercial for their shoes, because they saw the bottom of my shoes immediately. I didn’t know what was — how that was gonna happen. But I remember a flash of John Lynch coming and making a block, I believe on Derrick Brooks — I’ve actually got a picture of that [Ed. Note: It’s probably the AP Photo to the right.]— and I remember that flash, and I thought, ‘Oh, I think I can get this,’ so I cut up behind him and that was the last thing I remembered.
Next thing you know, I was down there and [I knew] I’ve gotta pop up quick. I didn’t wanna give him any satisfaction in the fact that he took me out like that. So … luckily he caught me — it was a clean hit; he caught me kind of in the lower part of the shoulder, not too much in the head, and I was able to get up from it. But I was definitely lucky; he did put a pretty good lick on me.
I went out and congratulated him on the hit just so he knew I was up. I just wanted to make sure he knew that I wasn’t still laying there, and I just said, ‘Hey, nice hit. Well done.’ He actually even ripped a hole in my jersey, so I’ve got that thing framed up and a picture beside it, so I’ve got something to remember it by.
I imagine Moorman will be holding onto that Pro Bowl jersey for awhile, but you can bid on one of his autographed, game-worn jerseys with all proceeds going to Red Cross Joplin Relief. And here’s the relevant section of PFT Live, if you’re the sort of person who’d rather watch the interview than read my transcription.
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