By Josh Katzowitz
By now, I imagine you’ve seen the flip heard ‘round the world when receiver Jerome Simpson somersaulted over Cardinals linebacker Daryl Washington and very nearly stuck the landing for the 19-yard touchdown during Cincinnati's victory. If not, take a gander.
It was a thrill for just about everybody watching the game live -- and seeing it on replay was nearly as impressive -- but it was awfully cool for Simpson as well (even Washington laughed about it afterward).
“It was one of things that just came (on) instinct. I just wanted to make a play for my team and get in the end zone,” Simpson said, via the Cincinnati Enquirer. “It seemed like he was going to hit me and I didn’t want to get hit, and I used my athletic ability and my jumping ability.”
And apparently, his gymnastics ability. One criticism, though. His left hand definitely touched the turf to keep himself upright after he completed the flip. There’s no judge in the world that would give him a perfect mark for that imperfection. Even Simpson realizes that.
“Yeah, that was one of the key points (of the play), me sticking the landing,” he said. “I don’t think if I stuck the landing, it wouldn’t have been as exciting. But you know, I stuck the landing like a gymnast. A lot of the guys gave me a (perfect) ‘10’ on it. I think it was like a 9 maybe, because I touched the ground (with my hand) a little bit.”
Even so, Simpson’s 9 is better than most everybody else can accomplish. So, kudos to Simpson on one of the most exciting plays in the NFL this season. Let’s just hope next time, he doesn’t need a hand to steady himself.
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