Originally posted on The Penalty Flag  |  Last updated 11/4/11
On December 23rd, 2007, in a meaningless, diehards-only game between the Kansas City Chiefs and the Detroit Lions, Jackie Battle received his first regular season carry in the NFL. It was a simple plunge up the middle, the ball’s placement on the Lions’ three-yard line allowing only one objective for Battle: score. Battle was met by a trio (of an illegal twelve on the field) of Lion defenders at the line of scrimmage, all of whom were soundly dispatched in unique fashion; he bowled over the first, sidestepped the second and broke through the weak arm tackle of the third, allowing himself enough time to slide into the end zone comfortably. Battles’ first professional moment in the spotlight, despite an illegal number of defenders and a porous offense surrounding him, resulted in a touchdown, although it would be awhile before he would again be at the center of an NFL stage. Even throughout his collegiate days at the University of Houston Battle resided in the background, ceding offensive opportunity and its accompanying notoriety to the pass-first-pass-second offense run by head coach Art Briles and starring quarterback Kevin Kolb. His senior season, however, he scored a school-record fifteen times on the [...]
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