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Panthers trick play was inspired by “Little Giants”

In Carolina, they are calling it the “Chudrooski.”

Panthers offensive coordinator Rob Chudzinski’s version of the fumblerooski on Sunday was an awesome bit of playcalling pulled off at the exact right moment.

If you haven’t seen the play yet, you can watch it right here. Panthers fullback Richie Brockel will probably never be involved in a more famous play.

Like all great artists, Chudzinski finds inspiration from time-honored source material. The Houston Chronicle notes that the Panthers coach loosely adapted the play from the 1994 classic Little Giants starring Rick Moranis and Al Bundy.

(And by classic, we mean it was “one of the stupidest movies ever made” according to Roger Ebert.)

Ron Rivera told Florio on NBC SportsTalk Monday that Chudzinski came to him Thursday with the play. Rivera liked it and said to go for it. The Texans were wildly confused, which left Brockel with one thought only when he got the ball.

“If I just don’t trip and fall . . . ,” Brockel said via the Charlotte Observer.

Brockel didn’t trip, scoring his first NFL touchdown.

Perhaps his next touchdown will come after Chudzinski watches Necessary Roughness over the holidays.

UPDATE 12:53 p.m. ET:  Here’s the Rivera interview from Monday’s NBC SportsTalk.

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50 Responses to “Panthers trick play was inspired by “Little Giants””
  1. kiltherl says: Dec 20, 2011 10:00 AM

    Ed Oneal not al bundy

  2. thetruth619 says: Dec 20, 2011 10:01 AM

    ”from the 1994 classic Little Giants starring Rick Moranis and Al Bundy”


  3. adantsa says: Dec 20, 2011 10:03 AM

    The annexation of Puerto Rico???

  4. acdc363 says: Dec 20, 2011 10:03 AM

    Ebert sucks little giants was a huge influence on me getting into sports as a kid

  5. toegoat says: Dec 20, 2011 10:07 AM

    Ed O’neal NOT Al Bundy
    Al Bundy is his character from “Married With Children” (an awesome show btw)

  6. dawkinseffect says: Dec 20, 2011 10:09 AM

    1) its Ed O’Neill the actor, Al Bundy is a character he played.

    2) as a member of PFT who grew up in the late 80’s/early 90’s and watched The Little Giants on VHS over and over again, its one of the best child sports movies out there next to The Mighty Ducks

  7. Tim says: Dec 20, 2011 10:11 AM

    Robert Ebert hates everything.

  8. batyuki says: Dec 20, 2011 10:12 AM

    That was one awesome play

  9. wvuandsteelers says: Dec 20, 2011 10:20 AM

    The Annexation of Puerto Rico

  10. notrelated says: Dec 20, 2011 10:20 AM

    Roger Ebert is a soulless robot. Little Giants is a staple of childhood to anyone that was a kid when it came out.

  11. cmutimmah says: Dec 20, 2011 10:21 AM

    The annexation of Puerto Rico???!?

  12. rc33 says: Dec 20, 2011 10:23 AM

    Methinks someone in a Panther uniform is gonna go “Last Boy Scout” against Tampa Bay this weekend.

  13. buckhuckster says: Dec 20, 2011 10:25 AM

    Icebox is tougher than Jimmy Clausen.

  14. humbleminded85 says: Dec 20, 2011 10:26 AM

    Oh snap the Annexation of Puerto Rico!!!!!!!!! Ice box would be so proud!!!!

  15. vegaskid21 says: Dec 20, 2011 10:27 AM

    “The Ice Box”

  16. narrabeen23 says: Dec 20, 2011 10:28 AM

    Brian Cushing: “NO MERCY!”

    Cam Newton: “No Ball!”

  17. notrelated says: Dec 20, 2011 10:31 AM

    You guys realize he was making a joke right? The Al Bundy thing? Come on..

  18. projectshadow316 says: Dec 20, 2011 10:33 AM

    Ebert hated this movie? Not surprised. “The Annexation of Puerto Rico” has got to be the most famous trick play in history ( in movies or otherwise ), but to see an adaptation of it in a real NFL game is as hilarious as it is awesome. Kudos to the Panthers for pulling it off. They did “Little Giants” proud.

  19. cmutimmah says: Dec 20, 2011 10:34 AM

    The girl linebacker inspired Adam Sandler to make Waterboy.

  20. colinsnooks says: Dec 20, 2011 10:34 AM

    The Panthers won’t get away with plays like this for long. Raheem Morris just started reviewing the tape of The Longest Yard and Rudy to prepare for this weeks game. Cerebral.

  21. stampnhawk says: Dec 20, 2011 10:35 AM

    Next up for Carolina, The Flying V from the Mighty Duck, and starring Emilio Estevez.

  22. silverbuffalo says: Dec 20, 2011 10:40 AM

    Rc33 – Ummmm too far – not going to happen

  23. huthuthut says: Dec 20, 2011 10:41 AM

    Would someone please explain to me why that play didn’t get flagged for a motion penalty?

  24. jaycutlerslagunabeach says: Dec 20, 2011 10:47 AM

    Is spike mistaken aren’t you…………….a girl?

    Spike don’t play with girls

  25. rebel21das says: Dec 20, 2011 10:48 AM

    That is great, I love the outside the box thinking, Ron Rivera has a good thing going for the Panthers in the future. As for the Panthers offensive coordinator Rob Chudzinski, way to be, took a chance on a crazy trick play that confused the hell outta that pretty decent Texans defense. With the new coaching vacancies I think this guy definitely deserves to at least get a look.

  26. orangeflh says: Dec 20, 2011 10:59 AM

    Love it.

  27. nolahxc says: Dec 20, 2011 11:02 AM

    So who was the Ice Box????

  28. waxdaclam says: Dec 20, 2011 11:12 AM

    I’m pretty sure he used the reference “Al Bundy” b/c more people would recognize his character’s name than his actual name.

    “Little Giants” is also a GREAT movie…

    “Just remember, football is 80% mental and 40% physical.”

  29. waxdaclam says: Dec 20, 2011 11:13 AM

    character name from “Married with Children” is what I meant to include…

  30. kevinfromphilly says: Dec 20, 2011 11:17 AM

    Actually, it didn’t look like the defense was fooled that bad – a lot of the guys took off after the FB immediately. They just couldn’t catch up by the time he turned the corner.

  31. myvickinabox14 says: Dec 20, 2011 11:33 AM

    This was pure gold. I’m glad to see plays like this in the NFL. It just adds more character

  32. paydrt says: Dec 20, 2011 11:40 AM

    Obviously Ebert should have chosen to review “Little Giants” from the perspective of a 7 yr old. Lots sensitive feelings here.

  33. flapjackdaddy says: Dec 20, 2011 11:46 AM

    It’s knuckle-puck time!

  34. whatswiththehate says: Dec 20, 2011 11:54 AM

    kevinfromphilly says:Dec 20, 2011 11:17 AM

    They just couldn’t catch up by the time he turned the corner.
    Thank God he didn’t have very far to run..LOL

  35. shea801 says: Dec 20, 2011 11:56 AM

    There aren’t enough players nicknamed “Icebox”

    Plenty of women though…..

    And lol at “starring Rick Moranis and Al Bundy”

  36. goodellflagfootball says: Dec 20, 2011 11:57 AM

    Its AL Bundy, NOT Ed O’Neil


  37. aharris230 says: Dec 20, 2011 12:04 PM

    You guys realize he was making a joke right? The Al Bundy thing? Come on..

    Possibly. The thing is that jokes are actually supposed to be funny.

  38. moelester says: Dec 20, 2011 12:08 PM

    I forget her name but its worth a Google search. The ice box is insanely hot now!!!!!

  39. murraysons says: Dec 20, 2011 12:11 PM

    One of those “Jap” plays, as the Tuna would say

  40. toonzes says: Dec 20, 2011 12:30 PM

    Gregg didn’t like me calling him out, but Mark Dantonio did the “little giant” against Notre Dame last year. Try reading CFT Gregg.

  41. jerrykill4pres says: Dec 20, 2011 12:31 PM

    This was a perfect example of a “gadget” play being called at the perfect time. You have to give all the credit in the world to the coaching staff on that one.

    Normally you’ll see these teams using their “wildcat” or “blazer” or whatever formation and plays way to often, and at the dumbest times. Right when a qb is starting to develop a rhythm, they will go with some stupid play, and totally stop their momentum on that drive.

    Gadget plays are good to have in the back of the playbook. But don’t over use them! Once you start to use them to much, they aren’t effective anymore.

  42. deadmanwalking47 says: Dec 20, 2011 12:35 PM

    next up? that play from the original longest yard where cam newton throws the ball at the rushing lbs nuts two straight plays!

  43. rc33 says: Dec 20, 2011 1:05 PM

    silverbuffalo says: Dec 20, 2011 10:40 AM

    Rc33 – Ummmm too far – not going to happen


    Ummmm, really?
    You mean DeAngelo Williams will NOT be running down field shooting a pistol at would-be tacklers?

  44. bjbroderick says: Dec 20, 2011 1:15 PM

    You should update it for the youngins.

    Panthers coach loosely adapted the play from the 1994 classic Little Giants starring Rick Moranis and Jay Pritchett

    There I fixed it for you.

  45. gosuhgo says: Dec 20, 2011 1:40 PM

    I saw this highlight and started yelling ‘annexation of puerto rico’ to my friend..what a play

  46. dspohn55 says: Dec 20, 2011 1:43 PM

    Art immitating life. Life immitating art.

  47. Herb says: Dec 20, 2011 1:56 PM

    Was Brockel’s dad waiting for him in the endzone?

  48. hamcamnewton says: Dec 20, 2011 3:56 PM

    the name’s ICEBOX!

  49. mooremusicllc says: Dec 20, 2011 8:26 PM

    Who cares about the movie…great call coach what a fun game to watch

  50. beckesng says: Dec 21, 2011 5:58 PM

    I have watched this play several times and cannot figure out why it was not considered a forward pass or lateral. Cam Newton should be credited with a passing touchdown and an additional 7 yards passing. Otherwise the NFL has opened a door to a host of possibilities. If Brockel gets the ball and drops back and then throws the ball forward it would have been the second forward pass. Here is a link to the NFL rules in question. I would love it if anybody could clear this up for me.

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