1. Greg Ward’s first NFL touchdown is a game-winner for the Philadelphia Eagles.
Before we discuss playcalling or the game’s “Xs and Os”, something must be said. Regardless of whether we want to admit this as sports fans or not, coaches know more than we do. Howie Roseman is a better general manager than any of us could ever be if we were given the job. Playing EA Sports Madden with constant success doesn’t mean that you can stand on the sideline and call plays.
Believe it or not, some people think that way.
That doesn’t mean that coaches and general managers are perfect. Who knows what Howie is doing sometimes. Who knows why this team didn’t hire an offensive coordinator. Who knows why everyone at home could see that Greg Ward was always better than Mack Hollins and the coaches that are paid by this Eagles organization couldn’t.
Greg Ward’s story is one that you take to a Hollywood studio and pitch before they throw you out for writing something that seems unrealistic. Think about it. A former college quarterback goes undrafted before landing in the Eagles’ training camp, but he spends the better part of two seasons just battling to earn his place on the practice squad. Then, another pro league forms.
The prospect joins that league and has success, but the league folds. The prospect rejoins the team that gave him his first shot to play professional football, and this time he works his way into a starting role as he finally sees the culmination of all of his hard work come to fruition with his first touchdown catch as a professional, a game-winner in a late-season matchup versus one of his team’s rivals in a game his team absolutely had to win.
It’s the stuff of good fiction and it might get you thrown out of a meeting with Hollywood execs, but in this case, it actually happened. Greg Ward Jr’s game-winning catch in D.C. tops this list, and rightfully so.