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:
Tags: 2011 season, anthony armstrong, roy helu, Seattle Seahawks, SportsCenter's Top-10 list, washington redskins
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