In case you are living under a rock and haven’t seen the stiff arm heard around the world, then I will briefly explain it.
With 5 minutes and 48 seconds left in the first quarter, Ben Roethlisberger found tight end Vance McDonald on the left-hand side of the field all alone on a 3rd & 10 play.
After Roethlisberger threw the strike ball to McDonald, the only man close enough to stop McDonald was Chris Conte. Instead of trying to take the legs out from underneath the 267-pound tight end, he tried to push him out of bounds. Well, it didn’t work, and Conte was humiliated by one of the meanest stiff arms I have seen in a long time.
Needless to say, McDonald went on to complete a 75-yard touchdown catch and run.
As viral as McDonald’s stiff arm is, the veteran tight end feels sympathetic towards the veteran safety, who injured his knee on the play that could ultimately end his season.
“I actually had time this morning thinking of it in the training room while I was getting ready for the day,” he said. “I was thinking, ‘Man, he’s got to walk across the field and to be on the other side of something like that is obviously not the place you want to be.’ Outside of the game situation and atmosphere, I feel for him. We all have those kinds of plays in football.”
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