Crazy moments in NFL history: Fan jumps out of stands to catch FG
Mike Pantazis got his 15-minutes of fame on a Monday night game in 1995.
By Jimmy Traina
We're having difficulty containing our excitement for the start of the NFL season. In an effort to cope with that delirium, each day until the Sept. 4 kickoff, the Buzzer will post about one crazy moment in NFL history. "Crazy" is subjective, so what does that mean here? In this series we won't be highlighting the most outstanding plays or statistical feats -- but those plays that make your jaw drop and cause you to blurt out, "holy $*%," that was crazy!"
Soldier Field was the setting for one of the greatest plays a fan has ever made at a sporting event.
It happened during a Packers-Bears "Monday Night Football" game on Sept. 11, 1995.
Chicago kicker Kevin Butler had just kicked an extra point. When the ball went over the goal posts and toward the crowd, one fan jumped out of the stands, flew toward the ball and seemed to hang in mid-air to make an unbelievable catch.
The announcers calling the game, Al Michaels, Dan Dierdorf and Frank Gifford, were extremely impressed. Their amazement also led to this classic exchange between Frank Gifford and Al Michaels in the booth.
Gifford: "Is he soaked?" Michaels: "In more ways than one."
The fan, Mike Pantazis, later became the subject of a mini-documentary about his Monday night adventure.