Originally posted on The Penalty Flag  |  Last updated 11/17/11
It’s said that in football you are always one play away from what could be your last.  This was never more true as one of the most gruesome moments in NFL History happened on November 18th 1985.  The setting was RFK Stadium on Monday Night Football as the 5-5 Washington Redskins took on the 7-3 New York Giants.  This was a matchup that featured a Redskins’ offense with future Hall of Famers John Riggins and Art Monk along veteran quarterback Joe Theismann against a Giants team led by their defensive stars Lawrence Taylor, Harry Carson, and Carl Banks.  It was the second quarter and little did one of these players know, it would be his last. The play was a flea flicker.  Theismann would take the snap and hand the ball off to Riggins in hopes of selling the Giants’ defense on a run.  Then Riggins would flip the ball back to Theismann who would look to catch the defense napping and hit Art Monk deep.  Unfortunately for Theismann, the Giants were never fooled as Taylor got to Theismann for the sack.  Lawrence Taylor, who had a reputation for punishing NFL quarterbacks, didn’t even get a solid hit on Theismann.  Instead, he leaped over [...]
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