Everyone has a favorite moment(s) as a fan of the National Football League. For some older fans, it might be when Joe Montana threw a ball to the back of the end-zone to Dwight Clark who caught the ball to secure a San Francisco 49’ers victory in the 1981 NFC Championship game. Or how about the time Dan Marino used to fake spike to trick the New York Jets to give the Miami Dolphins a victory in what is known as “The Clock Game”. Maybe some of you reading this weren’t around for those great moments in NFL History. I know I certainly wasn’t. Actually, when Marino used to fake spike, I wasn’t even three months old yet.
The younger generation might remember plays such as “The Tuck Game” or the New York Giants ending the New England Patriots opportunity at an undefeated season after defeating them in Super XLII. I’ll admit it; I haven’t been around for many great memories in the NFL. However, I have been around for some great memories. Whether it was with the Dolphins or just the NFL in general, there have been a multitude of fantastic memories over the past 13 years.
One of my favorite memories has to be when they defeated the Baltimore Ravens 22-16 in an overtime thriller back in 07’, to earn their first victory of the season. It was week 15 when the Ravens came into town. Despite still being in search for their first victory, the Dolphin fans continued to show up and support their home team. With just over 70,000 in attendance, the Dolphins faithful were ready for the team to claim victory. Week after week we would all see the Dolphins struggle; however, that suddenly came to an end when Cleo Lemon threw a 64 yard game winning touchdown pass to wide receiver Greg Camarillo to secure their first victory of the season, while also snapping a 16 game losing streak that dated back to the previous season. With the monkey finally off their back, the Dolphins not only avoided being the first team to go 0-16, but they also avoided playing the New England Patriots with a 0-14 record while New England was 14-0 at the time.
Sorry for the not so good quality, it was all I could find!
I’ll never forget Camarillo streaking up the middle to catch before cutting it out to the sidelines where he would eventually go on to score the game winning touchdown. It was definitely a great scene when teammates crowded Camarillo in the corner of the end-zone rejoicing the lone victory. The team acted as if they had won the Super Bowl and if you were to ask any Dolphin fan, chances are they acted the exact same way.
So just like last Friday when I asked you who your favorite player in the NFL is, this week I will ask you, what is your favorite NFL memory either past or present?
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