We all remember the scene from the movie “Any Given Sunday,” when Willie Beamen pissed all his lineman off, so they just actually stopped blocking for him to prove a point.
I would love to know the actual percentage of lineman on any level who purposely miss blocks. I truly believe the number would be astounding.
Friday during a ESPN Radio interview, former Detroit Lions lineman and current ESPN analyst Lomas Brown admitted that he purposely missed a block so that the Lions quarterback at that time, Scott Mitchell would get hurt.
“We were playing Green Bay in Milwaukee,” Brown said. “We were getting beat, 24-3, at that time and he just stunk up the place. He’s throwing interceptions, just everything. So I looked at Kevin Glover, our All-Pro center and I said, ‘Glove, that is it.’ I said, ‘I’m getting him out the game.’ . . . So I got the gator arms on the guy at the last minute, he got around me, he hit Scott Mitchell, he did something to his finger . . . and he came out the game. [Lions backup quarterback] Dave Krieg came in the game.”
The host of the show, Ryen Russillo expressed absolute shock at the fact that Brown would do such a thing.
“As you can tell, I’m just not a big fan of Scott Mitchell. He’s just not on my Christmas list. He won’t be getting any Christmas presents from me this year,” Brown said.
The irony in the whole proclamation, is that Brown who blew a block to allow a teammate to get hurt, is suing the league, because he feels the NFL didn’t do enough to protect its players.