Friday, February 5, 2021

The Best Play in NFL History You've Never Seen

 By John Turney  

Jack Manders motions from his right halfback position to the left flat, Bernie Masterson (#33) gets rushed by Barney McGarry and loses his helmet as he throws downfield to Hamp Pool (#76) who makes the catch despite being defended by All-Pro fullback Johnny "Zero" Drake. Pool then laterals to Bob Nowaskey at the 20 and he runs it in the rest of the way for the touchdown.

The Associated Press described it this way—

United Press was very similar, dry, to-the-point—
Nothing about the hit to the head, the helmet pulled off, the quarterback standing tough in the pocket just a pass to Pool then a lateral to Nowaskey. Times have changed.

PFR scores it as a 20-yard pass to Nowasky from Materson which is how it may have been scored in the day. 

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  1. Imagine what Ernie Davis could have done ...

  2. I don't know if a lot of people have already noticed this, but when watching a lot of these old films, it looks like the speed of the film has been significantly reduced making the players look like they are almost lumbering along. When I increased the playback speed to 1.75 and 2, the movements and speed of the players and even the speed of the ball as it traveled through the air, looks much more normal. Were these old films slowed down to make it easier to follow the play? Because it seems like a lot of these films from this time period look like this. Whenever NFL films shows these old films, the players all look really slow in comparison to what I'm used to watching. I've noticed this when comparing between how the players move on these films and how they moved in the rare TV footage of games that are still around from this time. The players always seem to look faster in the TV footage than they do in the films.