In December 2007, Eagles running back Brian Westbrook wisely tackled himself on the doorstep of the Dallas end zone with Philly leading by four and two minutes to play. Since the Cowboys had no time outs, the Eagles were able to kill the clock without giving the ball to the other team.
Today, Jaguars running back Maurice Jones-Drew pulled a similar maneuver. With the Jags trailing by one and the Jets out of time outs, Jones-Drew got the ball at the New York 10 and went down on his own at the one. The Jags then played if safe with first and goal, taking three knees before kicking the game-winning field goal.
If Jones-Drew had scored and if the Jags had failed to convert on the two-point try, the Jets still could have won the game by driving for a touchdown with 1:48 to play.
So kudos for Jones-Drew for doing the unselfish thing.
Of course, fantasy football players who have Jones-Drew on their teams likely don’t see the honor in it.