Can be any era..
3 off the top of my head:
I was thinking Blackburn, but he was a starter at the time
when he faked a drop back and then came back in and forced a sack of Tom Brady.
but when McQuarters had that interception in Dallas in 07 to seal the game the rest of that playoff run was just gravy.
Kevin Boss, Steve Smith
rw mcquarters vs. dallas
The fake punt against the Niners.
were starters, not role players
Bradshaw (Jacobs was the starter)
Steve Smith (our 3rd WR)
Aaron Ross (our 3rd CB but played through a separated/dislocated shoulder to make a nice tackle in the playoffs)
Boss (back up TE until Shockey got hurt)
Zac DeOssie (great snapping ability along with outstanding coverage)
It just wasn't our championship.
but Michael Johnson recovered a huge fumble in the 2nd half of that game.
made a good catch in Super Bowl XLVI.
Jeff Hostetler on that play when Bruce Smith almost striped him.
but I think Jacobs' hit on Woodson set the tone for that game.
a starter was a role player, and he fits.
The only score in the loss to the Ravens.
but Landeta's punting in the 1986 NFC Championship was about as good a performance as any punter in history considering he was kicking into a 40 mph wind half the time and still put the Skins in bad field position
LT said that Landeta was the MVP of that game
moments of Super Bowl 42, and at the time I guess you could call Bradshaw as a rookie a role player, was when he somehow ripped the ball out of Pierre Woods hands, even though Woods looked like he clearly had possession. You almost never see something like that happen. If the Pats get that ball, they are in good shape to go in for a score and maybe changes the whole game.
I thought he ripped it out of WIlfork's hands?
Mr. Relevant. No Blackburn, no championship. The Giants D was awful until he came back and gave it some guts.
it was Woods. Ahmad is a strong guy, but he couldn't rip it away from a 360 pounder.
|The Patriots nearly got the ball right back. After a 3-yard sack of Manning by Jarvis Green on first down, Bradshaw fumbled on second and it looked like Pierre Woods for the Patriots had the recovery. Somehow, Bradshaw got the ball back in the pile and the Giants maintained possession but wound up punting after Manning's third and 16 pass went incomplete.
- ( New Window
John Washington, in the 90 playoff game against the bears, stop on 4th and 1, would have made the game 10-7, Eric Howard in the 90 championship game causing the fumble.
The flea flicker and the TD catch on the pass that bounced off of Bavaro's hands
George Martin and Mark Ingram were not role players - they were starters.
Even Gary Reasons played almost every down. A role player for me is a guy who gets no more than 8-12 snaps a game, probably more of a special teams player.
Tyree is the textbook role player. Devin Thomas and Jaquian Williams also.
but came in during passing situations. Seems like a role player to me, albeit a very good one.
McConkey catch on the Bavaro deflection is one of my favorite childhood sports memories.
with the the Simm's, Taylor's... I would say Reasons would be OK in hos role as punt protector running it forty yarfs. Martin waa a xore player of that defense, though he was getting older.
My nom. is OJ Anderson. He wouldn't have played if Hampton hadn't been hurt.
he made a huge play by holding onto the ball and taking a safety rather than fumbling and giving up a td
actually sealed the game in Tampa right before the Dallas interception as well. He had a helluva '07 postseason for us.
Signature moment might be a bit much, but a 4th down sneak that turned into a TD drive was pretty sweet.
the closest thing to a walk off homerun is the Int against Dallas. Its tough to find Aaron Boone moments in football.
after Curtis McGriff was injured. Martin had been a starter earlier in his career, but split time with McGriff on run/pass downs. Martin started most of the 1986 season.
with a pick in SB XXI. There were several daggers in that game and that was certainly one of them.
along with Michael Johnson.
Who knows what would have happened if MJ hadn't kept that play alive.
in Super Bowl XXV? If Walls doesn't make that tackle, Thomas very well scores the GW TD.
against the niners for the NFC Championship.
Reasons wasn't a fulltime starter. I don't recall the specifics year-wise and playcount-wise, but he was splitting time with Steve DeOssie early in his career and then later with Pepper Johnson.
and at the time Ahmad Bradshaw was a role player when he recovered the fumble on that kickoff return,
it was not during the kickoff....jeez. Anyway it was great play Bradshaw to get the ball back and he was a role player at the time.
had a huge special teams tackle on Maroney following the Eli to Plax TD in SB 42.
I wouldn't exactly call GR a role player, but you're right that he wasn't a full-time starter by that point either.
teso56: Jacquian Williams was sixth on the team in tackles in 2011. Although he only started two games - because most of his snaps were in the nickel - he doesn't fit your definition of a role player.
Here's an obscure one: Four years before his Super Bowl MVP performance, Ottis Anderson scored the Giants' final points in SB XXI. At the time, that play looked like the swan song of a once-great running back who had wasted his prime with the Cardinals. Classy move by Parcells giving him the ball.