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rocktivity Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Nov-01-07 02:56 PM
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15. Jim McMahon would be VERY surprised to hear that there's an unwritten rule
Edited on Thu Nov-01-07 03:08 PM by rocknation
...By 1986 McMahon's reputation as a winner was undisputed, but he was unpopular in many NFL cities due to his sarcastic and pointed comments, and a penchant for candor. He was considered injury-prone and a smart aleck. This negative reputation began to hurt the Bears, as defenders singled McMahon out for punishment on the field.

Before a typically hard-fought contest against the Green Bay Packers in November, Packers defensive lineman Charles Martin proudly displayed a handtowel in warmups with the numbers of Bears stars listed on it, and claimed it was a "hit list" for the game. Martin was allowed to wear the towel in the game, and after a McMahon interception he sauntered over to the quarterback from behind, grabbed him and body slammed him into the rock-hard artificial turf...

Bears players attended to the stunned and injured McMahon as fights broke out and Martin was ejected. The crowd and the Bears players and staff were incensed. McMahon suffered a separated shoulder which ended his season. The enraged Bears defense showed no mercy on the ensuing drive, as the Packers suffered losses on three consecutive plays, then sustained a blocked punt resulting in a Bears touchdown...

A similar scenario occurred in 1988 at New England when a Patriots defender twisted McMahon's knee and ended his regular season. The play was widely held to have been an intentional and illegal act, but no action was taken by the NFL...


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