I’ve posted lots of big hits here on the site, but I really feel bad for Santonio Holmes when I post this. He got crushed. Lit up. De-cleated. Destroyed. You could see how woozy he was after he got up from the shot, his legs all wobbly like he just took a combination from Mike Tyson. Ben Roethlisberger was like the first guy over, ostensibly feeling bad for leaving the guy hanging out to dry. Enough of the chit-chat — let’s go to the videotape:
The video doesn’t really show Holmes losing his legs from under him when he gets up from the hit. I really feel bad saying that they’re missing like the best part. Just goes to show you why so many receivers are shy about going across the middle — it leaves you wide open to shots such as that one. At least he hung onto the ball and made it semi-worthwhile.