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Helu Hurdles Into SportsCenter’s Top-10

Posted by Brian Tinsman on November 28, 2011 – 2:59 pm

With 9:57 to go in Sunday’s game against the Seahawks, Redskins running back Roy Helu had never rushed for more than 74 yards in a game.  He had never scored an NFL touchdown.  And he had never hurdled a competent NFL tackler.

But on a critical third-and-three, with his team trailing by 10 points, he put the Redskins on his back and dashed, slashed and hurdled his way to paydirt:

My hope is that Helu had the decency to go back and shake the hand of would-be tackler Roy Lewis, after levitating over him.  But by the looks of this play, Helu doesn’t like to be touched.

Helu’s hurdle landed him at No. 4 on SportsCenter’s Top-10 list, along with fellow Redskins playmaker Anthony Armstrong, for his 50-yard touchdown reception.  The Redskins turned in an entire highlight reel in a little under four minutes of yesterday’s victory.

Perhaps the most appealing part of Helu’s performance, was the way the rookie handled the media after the game.  Even after a monster personal performance, he praised his blockers and critiqued himself:

“Starting from left to right with Trent Williams–he did great,” Helu began.  “To [Maurice Hurt], to [Will] Montgomery, and Chris Chester and Jammal [Brown] on the right side.  Our tight ends did great, and so did our wide receivers down the field.”

As for his thoughts on Roy Helu?

“I was just a product of them blocking well, and hopefully I did the best,” he said.  “I know I missed some things.  I’m improved–not where I wanna be–but improved, and getting better weekly.”

No, 30 touches for 162 yards and a touchdown is not where I would want to be either.  I can’t wait to see what Roy looks like when he thinks he did well.

Check out his full post-game commentary, below:


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8 Responses to “Helu Hurdles Into SportsCenter’s Top-10”

  1. By Patrick on Nov 28, 2011 | Reply

    It was weird to see two plays on the show where the Redskins were the team showcased.

  2. By redskinsrulen08 on Nov 29, 2011 | Reply

    roy helu is the most well spoken running back .

  3. By brennsdad on Nov 29, 2011 | Reply

    Good to see a humble young man always wanting to improve and praising the guys in the trenches. Keep up what he is doing on the field and keep not acting like Portis off the field and we have our starting back for years to come.

  4. By Jeff on Nov 29, 2011 | Reply

    A Rookie!! He is a student of the game-and Coach Shanahan knew all along when the skins moved up to draft him. His first NFL touchdown coudnt have come at a better time-with his Seattle family looking on. We love you JR. Keep the faith!!

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