“Run the damn ball!”
You will hear this every from time to time from football fans as they watch their favorite team compete in the heat of battle. It’s a hilarious thing to hear because what’s usually transpiring is said team is slanging the pill all across the field, and all the fan wants is to bleed the clock, control the ball and come out with a victory. Don’t ever let people tell you fans don’t care about winning.
Of course, running the damn ball can also have another benefit. That benefit of witnessing one man rumble and bumbling down the field, shedding tackles, stiff-arming people into oblivion and breaking out that good ole’ truck stick on their way to the end-zone. Watching one man put the team on their back can make a grown man scream and shout to the high heavens. Witnessing “Beast Mode” is the ultimate high for football fans.*
Per Complex Sports, here are The 25 Greatest NFL Beast Mode Runs Of All-Time. Enjoy.
*Also, yelling out “HOLD MY DIIIIIII…” in a bar when Marshawn Lynch scores a touchdown is also quite euphoric.*
Eddie Maisonet is the founder and editor emeritus of The Sports Fan Journal. Currently, he serves as an associate editor for ESPN.com. He is an unabashed Russell Westbrook and Barry Switzer apologist, owns over 100 fitteds and snapbacks, and lives by Reggie Jackson’s famous quote, “I am the straw that stirs the drink.”