Miami Dolphins lineman nearly pulls off big-man touchdown vs. Ravens
Miami Dolphins offensive lineman Robert Hunt saw the football in the air and reacted how any other football player wanting to win a game would.
The Dolphins, knocking at the door of the end zone, called a screen play. But instead of Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa dumping the football to running back Myles Gaskin, Hunt caught the football and appeared to score a touchdown.
It was nearly a big-man touchdown. It was nearly the best NFL play of the season. Instead, it’s one of the most memorable Thursday night football moments in NFL history that didn’t count toward anything but laughs and smiles all around.
Hunt, a second-round pick by the Dolphins in 2020, was an ineligible receiver as an offensive lineman on the field, negating the highlight moment during Miami’s 22-10 win over the Baltimore Ravens at Hard Rock Stadium.
“I just saw [the ball]. It was third down. It was a big game and I wanted to win. I just saw the ball and blacked out,” Hunt said with a big, bashful smile on his face after the game.
“I saw the ball and tried to run with it.”
Hunt caught the football with Gaskin behind him, and with a head of steam he proceeded to run 10 yards toward the end zone.
When Ravens defensive back Mazzi Wilkins went low to stop Hunt from reaching the end zone, Hunt flipped upside down in the air and reached over the goal line with the football.
“He got me good. He almost broke my neck,” Hunt said lightheartedly.
Hunt and many Dolphins players enjoyed the moment on the field after the play and on the sideline after the drive.
And the replay sure made the rounds on social media, enough to where Hunt’s friends made sure he knew they saw the play, too.
“It’s all over the internet. It’s really embarrassing,” Hunt said. “It was for Gaskin. I just screwed up the whole play.”
Stern Dolphins coach Brian Flores tried his best to be lighthearted recalling the pivotal point in the third quarter of the game.
But he reacted only how a steadfast coach would.
“It was a penalty. My perspective is it was a penalty. It was going to be a penalty. It was a penalty. I’m sure it was fun to watch for many, but it was a penalty,” Flores said.
“Great effort. Incredible effort. It’s a penalty, though,” Flores added before eventually coming around. “Maybe we’ll put a play in for him.”
Maybe, the Dolphins should.
Hunt showed great speed and athleticism as he made his move toward the end zone with no regard for anyone in front of him.
The best part, however, was not just Hunt’s attitude on the field, but his easygoing mood as he welcomed questions from NFL Network during a live interview and local media after the game.
“Honestly, I wanted to win. I didn’t know if the play counted or not. I just had the ball in my hand, and I wanted to try to score it,” Hunt said after the Dolphins’ third win of the season.
“I wanted to have a feeling like we have now, which is a great feeling.”