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Jerricho Cotchery completed the most badass play of the year

Jerricho Cotchery

With all due respect to Mike Thomas and Michael Vick, Jets receiver Jerricho Cotchery had the play of the week.  All things considered, it may be the play of the year.

Let’s set the scene.  The Jets had a third-and-nine in overtime at their own 37-yard line.  While Mark Sanchez was doing his best Eli Manning in the Super Bowl impression under durress, Cotchery went out for a route and badly hurt his groin.

Instead of giving up on the play, Cotchery stayed upright on one leg and hopped eight times with cornerback Eric Wright trialing him.  Sanchez then threw to Cotchery who extended for one of the prettiest diving catches you’ll ever see.  First down.  (The whole play can be seen at NFL.com — wait for the third replay.)   Jets coach Rex Ryan showed the play to the entire team on Monday.

Everybody was in kind of awe,” tackle Damien Woody said via Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News.

“I don’t think I’ve ever seen that,” Ryan said. “It was just amazing effort.”
Cotchery said with a laugh that he didn’t think Sanchez would throw it to him.  “I just tried to make that catch for him,” Cotchery said.
“Seeing this guy come into the screen, hobbling on one leg and grabbing himself, trying to hold himself together and for him to just dive . . . that’s sacrifice,” Holmes said via the Newark Star-Ledger.  “That’s what we’re constantly building around here.”
The play set up a Nick Folk missed field goal, which eventually led to the Jets’ game-winner by Holmes.  But what happened after the catch is almost irrelevant.  That was a defining play for one of the tougher receivers in the league, and the Jets hope it’s a play they look back on to help define their season.
It’s also the last play Cotchery will make for a while.  He’s expected to miss a few games with a “slight tear” of his groin muscle.
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25 Responses to “Jerricho Cotchery completed the most badass play of the year”
  1. austskate says: Nov 16, 2010 10:37 AM

    Play of the year without a doubt

  2. nps6724 says: Nov 16, 2010 10:38 AM

    How do you get by a 1-legged receiver? Yikes.

  3. nps6724 says: Nov 16, 2010 10:38 AM

    That should say “beat by”.

  4. tnphinsfan says: Nov 16, 2010 10:40 AM

    As a Phins fan, I have to give mad respect to Cotchery. Hell of a play. Please just drop the pass next time.

  5. ejtowne says: Nov 16, 2010 10:40 AM

    Wow!! What an awesome grab!! That play should be shown to kids. Kids in H.S. Middle, Primary, all kids. It should be labeled, “Never Quit.” Good job Cotchery!

  6. jlawless87 says: Nov 16, 2010 10:44 AM

    I would first like to say that Cotchery’s effort and refusal to give up is the type of passion that is forgotten sometimes in the NFL. Way to make a play when your team needed it, best play of the year.

    With that being said … how can Eric Wright NOT COVER A GUY THAT JUST TORE HIS GROIN?!?!?!

  7. rgledz says: Nov 16, 2010 10:47 AM

    I don’t think that Bernard Berrian is cut from the same cloth.

  8. Rex Grossman says: Nov 16, 2010 10:49 AM

    If I tore my groin I’d be on the ground faster than you can say Jericho Cotchery.

  9. ijr213 says: Nov 16, 2010 10:52 AM

    And yet the Jets have been trying their hardest to move him down the depth chart at every chance they get.

  10. 4sacroc says: Nov 16, 2010 10:56 AM

    This is same guy who dropped a bunch against Green Bay.

    We’ll call him “Mr. Inconsistency” until he actually decides to earn his paycheck week to week.

  11. kcfanatic says: Nov 16, 2010 11:05 AM

    Nice effort, but honestly the corner should have been cut immediately after the game. If you are not fast enough(or too dumb) to stay with a limping receiver, then go sign up for the UFL.

  12. vikings2102 says: Nov 16, 2010 11:08 AM

    As a Vikings fan, I wish the players on my team had this much heart and drive to win every game.

  13. p4ever says: Nov 16, 2010 11:11 AM

    Great effort! Great catch! Unfortunately these type of plays are quickly forgotten by the “talking heads” as soon as a receiver miss a tough to catch ball.

  14. philbirds says: Nov 16, 2010 11:22 AM

    easily the play of the year. HS coaches starting the playoffs soon should show this to their teams.

  15. 4sacroc says: Nov 16, 2010 11:32 AM

    Meanwhile, in Ninnyapolis, Berrian pouts and Percy pulls a Favre Wednesday through Saturday ….

  16. bspurloc says: Nov 16, 2010 11:37 AM

    it was a crazy thing sanchez throwing to him but he didnt see he came up limp……

    However the play of the week really should be rexy showing this to the team and then them not instantly firing nick folk.

    they are in dire trouble with that dude still there.

    parcels booted him for this exact reason

  17. smithopher says: Nov 16, 2010 11:39 AM

    ijr213 – the Jets aren’t trying to move this guy down the depth chart by any means – he just isn’t your prototypically built outside wide receiver. he’s a great slot receiver, so making him #3 is good. even in 2 WR sets you’ll see him on the field from time to time. and now that everybodys seen this video, I’ll reiterate what I’ve been saying for a few years now: Jerricho Cotchery has as good hands as anybody in the NFL right now.

  18. hit2hurt says: Nov 16, 2010 11:53 AM

    Uhm.. Parcells didn’t boot Nick Folk.. Folk was botted LAST year.. that was during the Wade Phillips regime.. If memory serves me correctly, Folk never even played for Parcells, he was drafted in the first draft POST Parcells

  19. nyjetsholdupsbtrophyin2010 says: Nov 16, 2010 12:24 PM

    Thats J-Co we’ve been waiting for to show up this season ,he had been having a pretty bad year with the Drops, usually very sure handed ,and a team guy to fullest extent, hope your not out long,we need you

  20. wilddeuce03 says: Nov 16, 2010 12:33 PM

    nyjetsholdupsbtrophyin2010 says:
    Nov 16, 2010 12:24 PM
    Thats J-Co we’ve been waiting for to show up this season ,he had been having a pretty bad year with the Drops, usually very sure handed ,and a team guy to fullest extent, hope your not out long,we need you

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    Maybe Braylon passed his stone hands off to someone else. LOL!

    But seriously, it was a great catch, and I’m a Browns fan. That being said, if Eric Wright could actually cover someone that pass falls incomplete. Wright is just freaking horrible!!!

  21. packerrube13 says: Nov 16, 2010 12:47 PM

    rgledz says:
    Nov 16, 2010 10:47 AM
    I don’t think that Bernard Berrian is cut from the same cloth.
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    Ha ha ha classic comment, from my good friend from last week! :)

    Yeah I am a Jets hater, but this guy has heart. Great play and a true team guy. I am just glad Gruden wasn’t calling that game. We would have heard “This guy, I don’t know, he might just be the toughest guy in the league. I don’t think there is a tougher player in the NFL. This guy Jerricho Cotchery is a guy you want on your team. He is, to me, the toughest player in the league.” (this of course would have followed the two previous weeks when he had referred to two other guys as the toughest in the league)

  22. farvegnugen says: Nov 16, 2010 1:45 PM

    Wow, what a classic catch. Play of the year indeed.

    Now let’s go get a goddamn snack!

  23. junkmcgrunk says: Nov 16, 2010 4:10 PM

    Sanchez better buy Cotchery some swag for making a major play.
    If Cotchery didnt catch it, the story would be what was Sanchez thinking, throwing a ball to his WR that is visibly hobbled

  24. brasho says: Nov 16, 2010 6:52 PM

    You’re talking plays of the year and completely left out LeGarrette Blount’s hurdling of Kerry Rhodes against the Cards or the spinning dive into the endzone against the Panthers?

  25. moolah954 says: Nov 16, 2010 10:50 PM

    everybody beats Kerry Rhodes on a weekly basis

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