Jerricho Cotchery completed the most badass play of the year

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 — 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.

25 responses to “Jerricho Cotchery completed the most badass play of the year

  1. 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!

  2. 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?!?!?!

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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

  7. 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.

  8. 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

  9. 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

  10. 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


    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!!!

  11. rgledz says:
    Nov 16, 2010 10:47 AM
    I don’t think that Bernard Berrian is cut from the same cloth.

    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)

  12. 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

  13. 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?

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