Bengals receiver Jerome Simpson had one of the most incredible plays you’ll ever see in an NFL game. After catching a pass and breaking towards the goal line, he saw a defender in his way and decided to flip over the man and into the end zone. The former second-round pick from Coastal Carolina said after the game that the play was just a pure reaction.
“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 told reporters after the game. “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.
“Yeah, that was one of the key points (of the play), me sticking the landing. 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. But I just wanted to make a great play for my team — you know, have a Merry Christmas and just be happy.”
Simpson says he’s jumped over a guy in a game before, but never with a flip and landing like that. He also had a play last month that was straight out of The Matrix. Simpson hasn’t lived up to his second-round billing for the Bengals, but he sure has left his imprint on the NFL.
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