Posted by Andy Benoit
Many people don’t remember that Chris Johnson could have set the single-season rushing record last season. Johnson had a shot at Eric Dickerson’s 2,105-yard mark, but a 62-yard touchdown run in the final game against Seattle was wiped out by a holding call against fullback Ahmard Hall. Without that run, Johnson fell out of contention for the record.
Now, Hall tells Jim Wyatt of The Tennessean that the referee who made the call, Ed Hochuli, later apologized to him.
"It is big of him," Hall said. "Some guys won't admit they're wrong regardless if they're dead wrong. So that is a big deal, with the record that could've been and him being a prestigious referee, to admit that he was wrong.
"I got over it, but I admit it hurt me for a while. You are getting replayed on ESPN as the guy who had the phantom holding call. But for Ed to apologize personally, that definitely added closure to the situation."
Hall is one of the better, more prideful lead-blockers in the NFL. And, fortunately, in that game, his running back still surpassed the 2,000-yard mark for the season.
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