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Bears’ Lance Louis had the hustle play of the day

Chicago Bears running back Matt Forte celebrates with teammate Chris Williams and Lance Louis after scoring a touchdown on the Tampa Bay Bucaneers during their NFL football game at Wembley Stadium, in London Reuters

It might sound crazy to praise an offensive player for making a horse-collar tackle at the end of a long interception return, but I’m about to do it.

Bears tackle Lance Louis demonstrated the kind of hustle that every Pop Warner coach should show his players when he tackled Raiders linebacker Kamerion Wimbley at the end of a 73-yard interception return. At the time of the interception, Louis was at the 17-yard line on the right side of the field. Louis immediately began sprinting downfield when he saw that Wimbley had the ball, shed a weak attempt at a block from Raiders linebacker Aaron Curry and finally dragged Wimbley down along the left sideline at the 8-yard line.

Pulling Wimbley down from behind by the back of his jersey resulted in a horse-collar tackle penalty, but Louis’s 80-yard sprint saved a touchdown, and the Raiders kicked a field goal on the possession. Louis weighs 320 pounds, while Wimbley weighs 255 and ran a 4.61-second 40-yard dash at the scouting combine. To catch Wimbley, Louis had to be trucking.

I tried to grab him and take him down,” Louis told the Chicago Sun-Times after the game. “I just put my head down and and went after him and I got him. The important thing is I got him down and we held them to three. I guess that’s good, right?”

It’s more than just good. It was one of the best plays of the day.

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39 Responses to “Bears’ Lance Louis had the hustle play of the day”
  1. cmstrick says: Nov 28, 2011 7:57 AM

    I approve of this. That was a great effort!

    And Wimbley ought to be ribbed incessantly for getting run down on the play…

  2. Stupid Raiders Fan says: Nov 28, 2011 8:00 AM

    Just wrong.

  3. paperlions says: Nov 28, 2011 8:01 AM

    I haven’t seen video of the tackle, but if he just dragged him down by his jersey, that isn’t a horse collar tackle, just another bad call. By definition, a player must grab the inside of the shoulder pads and drag the player down by them for it to be a horse collar. Dragging a player down by the jersey is perfectly legal, just erroneously called a horse collar on a regular basis. True horse collar tackles are rare.

  4. nuclearwarfare says: Nov 28, 2011 8:01 AM

    I’m a Raiders fan and I was pretty impressed by it.

    It kind of sickens me to see QBs like Brady and Manning throw picks down field and then watch carelessly as the guy runs right by them. They could something from guys like Louis.

  5. ricardoheinze says: Nov 28, 2011 8:03 AM

    Respect.

  6. dontrunfromme says: Nov 28, 2011 8:06 AM

    Play of the day: Shane Lechler punting the ball 20 yards over Devin Hesters head. It was like an 80 yard punt. Ridiculous. Defense played great. Raider Nation Baby

  7. 52claymaker52 says: Nov 28, 2011 8:13 AM

    Christopher Owens says ‘hi’.

    For those who missed it he chased down Percy Harvin on a kickoff return and prevented a TD return and the defense kept them from scoring the TD.

  8. kriswd40 says: Nov 28, 2011 8:16 AM

    this hustle play cost me 6 fantasy points I desperately needed :(

  9. Pacific NW Mark says: Nov 28, 2011 8:18 AM

    Has ‘horse collar’ now been expanded to any tackle which pulls the runner down via his jersey? The cases cited in the 2011 NFL rules define horse collar tackles as being ones where the defender grabs *inside* the pads or jersey – Louis’s tackle seemed to be him grabbing what was clearly the outside of Wimbley’s jersey. Is such a call reviewable?

    Regardless of whether the penalty was warranted, it was a hell of a hustle play by Louis. It would have been nice if that four points had mattered.

  10. pjrhc says: Nov 28, 2011 8:25 AM

    Saw that play, and hafta agree. Wish he hadn’t horse-collared him, but still – that hustle saved 4 points.

  11. louisvillebear says: Nov 28, 2011 8:39 AM

    It was not a horse-collar tackle. I like that you praised the guy for hustle, because it was a great play, but if you watched the video, you would have seen it wasn’t a horse collar.

    I seen another hustle play like this in a different game on Sunday, but I can’t remember the teams involved.

  12. cshearing says: Nov 28, 2011 8:43 AM

    52claymaker52 says: Nov 28, 2011 8:13 AM

    Christopher Owens says ‘hi’.

    For those who missed it he chased down Percy Harvin on a kickoff return and prevented a TD return and the defense kept them from scoring the TD.
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    Not sure why you are getting down-voted. This play was very good, but the Owens play was the longest play in NFL history that did not end in a TD. Then the Falcons stuffed Minnesota, so they never got the TD. Best hustle play I have ever seen.

  13. cuthead06 says: Nov 28, 2011 8:43 AM

    and props to the bears defense for holding them to 3 from inside the 10. lance Briggs laid a hit in Michel bush on 2nd down that was a thing of true beauty. also, not a horse collar as the announcer pointed out. maybe the refs couldn’t see the tackle cause louis out ran them by 20 yards!

  14. FinFan68 says: Nov 28, 2011 8:46 AM

    That was a guy earning his paycheck. He should be commended during the team meetings. This is how the game should be played and it looks a lot better than the guys that are just standing around

  15. raiderapologist says: Nov 28, 2011 8:49 AM

    It wasn’t even a horse collar. Louis reacted instantly after the pick and just took off downfield on a perfect angle to get to Wimbley.

  16. rmc1995 says: Nov 28, 2011 8:52 AM

    He can expect a fine for that hustle play unfortunately. Joe Flacco was fined for a similar horse collar this season and Matt Stafford was fined and called dirty for shedding a blocker chasing down an int. Of course the real story is the inconsistency of this story. Nearly all penalties like this are hustle plays but had this play been in anothet uniform it would have just been another personal foul and lumped in as a dirty play expected to be fined. In the league today and with some opinions on this sites, it doesn’t matter how a player got to the play but how he finished it. A man who outweighs another by 70 LBs could ruin a career with a horse collar. Thankfully, the Raiders are tougher than to cry dirty or start a fight and cry about an attempt to end a career.

  17. robrose68 says: Nov 28, 2011 8:52 AM

    If you look at where he was tackled and where the ball was spotted for the next play, it seems that the refs agreed that it was not a horse collar tackle as the ball was not moved half the distance to the goal line.

  18. asublimeday says: Nov 28, 2011 8:55 AM

    Wasn’t a horse collar.

  19. doug1grohlin says: Nov 28, 2011 8:59 AM

    pjrhc says: Nov 28, 2011 8:25 AM

    Saw that play, and hafta agree. Wish he hadn’t horse-collared him, but still – that hustle saved 4 points.
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    If you saw it, then you should know he didn’t horse-collar him.

  20. diggittey says: Nov 28, 2011 9:05 AM

    pjrhc says:Nov 28, 2011 8:25 AM

    Saw that play, and hafta agree. Wish he hadn’t horse-collared him, but still – that hustle saved 4 points.

    —COME ON MAN! If you saw that play then you would know that IT WAS NOT a horse collar…all jersey thats it. I would consider tackling by the hair much, much more dangerous then grabbing a players jersey–that has to be a legal play–point is it was a great hustle play and no flag.

  21. tatum064 says: Nov 28, 2011 9:08 AM

    Never mind the hustle…what was an OL doing chasing down an LB..shame on Wimbley for getting gassed – that shoulda been SIX, son! We got the win, but as usual , Raiders made it interesting…as long as they keep teams in it, the national media will continue to ignore them – cmon fellas FINISH! Put a team away, already!!!

    RAIDER NATION!

  22. joetoronto says: Nov 28, 2011 9:28 AM

    cuthead06 says: Nov 28, 2011 8:43 AM

    and props to the bears defense for holding them to 3 from inside the 10. lance Briggs laid a hit in Michel bush on 2nd down that was a thing of true beauty. also, not a horse collar as the announcer pointed out. maybe the refs couldn’t see the tackle cause louis out ran them by 20 yards!
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    Regarding the Briggs hit on Bush, are you referring to the play inside the 5 when Briggs bounced off Bush like a pinball, and it took 3 other Bears to bring him down.

    That play?

  23. fcs34 says: Nov 28, 2011 9:29 AM

    Then again it was 3rd and 1 near the end of the half in field goal range and Martz has the back up qb throw a blind pass back to TE to get this picked off in the first place. Thus making Martz dumb ass of the day.

  24. darrylh1978 says: Nov 28, 2011 9:32 AM

    No horse within 1 mile!! Why do the refs keep blowing calls? Must be in this case cause the ref weighed as much as the player but in worse shape so he had to make the calls from 30 yards behind the GOOD tackle. P.S. written by a Oakland fan

  25. romoscollarbone says: Nov 28, 2011 9:49 AM

    I had a similar play in HS. I was a big DT, and this RB shot off about 45-60 yrds downfield, our FS slowed him down just enough for me to catch up and grab him. On film it looks like I’m in slow motion compared to this kid, but I took the right angle and somehow caught up. I remember the worst part being, it was on the far side of the field, so after about a 60yrd sprint, I had to hustle 55 yrds across the field to our sideline. I was gassed, but proud.

  26. tdk24 says: Nov 28, 2011 9:51 AM

    If he’s either of those OL in the photo above, he’s not 320.

  27. raiderrob21 says: Nov 28, 2011 9:53 AM

    For those that didnt see it, look it up, it was an awesome hustle play. To the Bears fans whining about the horse collar call (it was a 3or 4 yrd half the distance penalty, get over it. It had no impact what so ever on the play or the game!) and everything else in the game. Get over yourselves. Move on, you lost. Had we had all our players available you would have been destroyed, with or without Cutler.

    RAIDER NATION!

  28. orangeflh says: Nov 28, 2011 9:54 AM

    Hate the Bears. Hate them. Hated them for 50 years. Genetically programmed to hate them. Bear hatred goes back to the beginnings of pro football in this family.

    That said, Lance Louis got hosed badly on that call. That was as legal a tackle as you’ll ever see. Stupid Refs.

  29. animalmother42 says: Nov 28, 2011 10:27 AM

    What about the guy who Tackled Percy Harvin on the longest play in NFL history (104yd return) to not score a TD….?? The Vikings ended up not scoring ANY points after 4 plays inside the 3….

  30. mfclock says: Nov 28, 2011 10:31 AM

    #cuttydoesit

    lol..seriously, cutler was injured running down (and preventing) a pick 6

  31. angelosdraftboard says: Nov 28, 2011 10:41 AM

    nuclearwarfare says:
    Nov 28, 2011 8:01 AM
    I’m a Raiders fan and I was pretty impressed by it.

    It kind of sickens me to see QBs like Brady and Manning throw picks down field and then watch carelessly as the guy runs right by them. They could something from guys like Louis
    ___________________________________
    I use to feel the same way until I saw the Bears post season get flushed away as a result of Jay Cutler breaking his thumb after chasing down a DB after an interception. Now I understand why QB’s watch the guy run by.

  32. doug1grohlin says: Nov 28, 2011 11:08 AM

    raiderrob21 says: Nov 28, 2011 9:53 AM

    For those that didnt see it, look it up, it was an awesome hustle play. To the Bears fans whining about the horse collar call (it was a 3or 4 yrd half the distance penalty, get over it. It had no impact what so ever on the play or the game!) and everything else in the game. Get over yourselves. Move on, you lost. Had we had all our players available you would have been destroyed, with or without Cutler.

    RAIDER NATION!
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    Good win for the Raiders but you’re wrong. If Cutler had been in the game, the Bears win by two scores easy. Raider aren’t that good of a team and barely won with Hanie playing. AFC West is a joke!

  33. villa41 says: Nov 28, 2011 11:41 AM

    I love the delusional Bears fans. The Raiders were without McFadden (a better back than Forte any day of the week), both starting wide outs (Ford & Moore), Seymour is playing on one knee, and Carson Palmer is still getting up to speed. Yet, all we hear is what would have happened with Cutler. Maybe Jerry Angelo should have invested in a better back up or gone out and got someone (good) like the Raiders did. Oh wait, Jerry is just good for stealing Baltimore’s picks on draft day. I would love to have a rematch with all the players on both teams available. Aww shucks, that would mean the Bears getting to the Super Bowl, but this team isn’t even getting to the play-offs. See ya!!

  34. pattyarbuccholz says: Nov 28, 2011 11:45 AM

    With that said though, it was a hell of a hustle play and Louis absolutely deserves the credit. Reminded me of Ben Watson chasing down Champ Baily 99 yards. Too bad he got there a split second late in that occurance.

  35. radrntn says: Nov 28, 2011 11:51 AM

    whats the point, Wimbley intercepted the ball after lito sheppard deflected the pass. Wimbley caught the ball with all momentum facing the bears, then had to turn around. Two big boys lumbering down the field, but the big o-linman hustled and had the angle to make the play. Great hustle by aaron curry as well to get the block. Funny how bears are whining about a horse collar tackle that resulted in givin the raiders an extra 2.5 yards, but no talk about how the offensive receiver pushed off on the saftey for the big bomb catch late in the 4th quarter.

  36. eyeamlegend says: Nov 28, 2011 11:59 AM

    He played tight end at San Diego State. The kid has got some wheels!

  37. doe22us says: Nov 28, 2011 12:40 PM

    It was a remarkable play if you haven’t seen it. I took a double take and I was like was that a lineman. Now those sighting Chris’s Owens who is probably say a a buck ninthy and obviously fast is not on that level as what the Bears lineman accomplished. An offensive lineman catching an lb from the opposite side of the field is just marvelous.

  38. shorttracknews says: Nov 28, 2011 4:06 PM

    Anyone that watched the game knows it wasn’t a horse collar tackle. Even the announcers chimed in numerous times on the replays and after the break it was a horrible call on the penalty

  39. raideralex99 says: Nov 28, 2011 5:11 PM

    wow bear fans crying about a 3 or 4 yd penalty which had no bearing on the game. Its not like they had a td called back like the Raiders. Yes
    the refs blew the call … Get over it … You lost to a better team.

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