Some people say that David Tyree holds the plaque for the best catch in football history. Odell Beckham Jr. would likely disagree.
With all of the great catches being seen around the NFL lately, there is much debate over what is truly the best catch in NFL history. From Odell Beckham’s gravity-defying snag last year to Antonio Freeman’s miraculous grab back in the first year of this century, this award tests a wide variety of candidates.
So without further ado, here’s my take on the best catch of all time.
Candidate #1 – David Tyree
We’ll put the classic “best play ever” candidate as our first candidate here in this debate. With just over a minute left on the clock in Superbowl XLII, the Giants needed something big to happen in order to stun the undefeated New England Patriots. On a 3rd & 5, quarterback Eli Manning somehow managed to evade the overwhelming pass rush and throw up a jump ball downfield to receiver David Tyree. With Patriot defenders all around him, Tyree managed to catch the ball and “stick” it against his helmet, giving the Giants an opportunity to stay alive in the championship. This sparked a miracle game winning drive for the G-Men, and led to one of the biggest upsets in recent memory.
Candidate #2 – Odell Beckham Jr.
How? How is that possible? While this snag may not have came on a game-winning drive, or late in the fourth quarter, I have absolutely no idea how OBJ was able to stick that ball. Falling backwards, sticking one hand out, using only three fingers to catch the ball, all while being interfered by the defender? I think the catch speaks for itself.
Candidate #3 – Santonio Holmes
Most clutch play in NFL history? I think yes. Best catch? Maybe not so much.
While it still defies me how Holmes was able to keep both feet in bounds on that perfectly placed throw by Ben Roethlisberger, it is not the catch itself which defines this moment. The miracle hookup between Santonio Holmes and Ben Roethlisberger comes at better timing than probably any of these catches (maybe even David Tyree’s), yet is probably the least wowing catch here without knowing the circumstances. Unbelievable play, but probably not the winner here.
Candidate #4 – Antonio Freeman
This one hurts to watch. My beloved Vikings getting embarrassed by the rival packers. This catch would definitely qualify for the craziest play on this list. After everyone on this side of the planet thought that the Vikings were spared another life in overtime against the Green Bay Packers, Antonio Freeman stole the game out of the hands of the Vikes, snagging the ball just inches before dropping to the ground. Freeman’s awareness on this play is remarkable. This play, although gut-wrenching to Viking Country, can not overlooked when talking about the greatest plays in NFL history.
Winner – Odell Beckham Jr.
After much debate, I solemnly stand by my opinion that the greatest catch in the history of the National Football League was made my Giants rookie receiver Odell Beckham Jr, just last year against the Dallas Cowboys. While each of these plays is better than the other in their own way, Beckham’s one-hander amazes me every time I see it.