We’re having difficulty containing our excitement for the start of the NFL season. In an effort to cope with that delirium, each day from today 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!"
In a successful 15-year NFL career, quarterback Brad Johnson attempted 4,326 passes, completed 2,668, including one pass that he never intended — to himself.
On Oct. 12, 1997, Johnson’s Vikings were locked in a 7-7 tie with the Carolina Panthers. On third-and-goal from the 3-yard line in the fourth quarter against, Johnson dropped back and snapped a quick pass over the middle where Panthers nose tackle Greg Kragen got his paws up and batted the ball. Let’s go to the tape.
Right back to Johnson! The QB had the presence of mind to see if any of his receivers had broken free before deciding to break for the end zone himself. Though not exactly a fleet-flooted QB, Johnson caught some nice blocks from his linemen and had enough to dash across the goal line.
Johnson was the first NFL player to throw a touchdown pass to himself and remains the only one.