For NFL football fans, Monday Night Football has produced numerous memorable moments on weekly basis. From the agony of watching your favorite team lose to the joy of witnessing your team win and somewhere in between, the ESPN program is definitely one of fan's favorites.
Here are some of the most unforgettable moments in Monday Night Football history:
Devin Hester Returns Punt Against the Cardinals
Devin Hester holds the record for most punt returns in the NFL history. During his rookie year, the Chicago Bears were playing the Cardinals on Monday Night Football. The Cardinals were leading 20-0 in halftime and saw their lead disappear in the second half.
Hester's punt return with about 3 minutes left in the game sealed the win for the Bears and started a Hall of Fame worthy career for Devin Hester.
Jerry Rice Breaks Jim Brown's Touchdown Record
Jerry Rice entered the 1994 NFL season with 124 touchdowns under his belt, only two touchdowns away from the all-time record by Jim Brown (126 TDs). There was a good chance that Jerry would break the record on the first Monday Night game when they played the Raiders.
Jerry Rice scored three touchdowns and his team beat the Raiders 44-14. Jerry went on and collected 208 total touchdowns during his Hall of Fame career. A record that will never be broken.
Bears Fan Catches an Extra Point Kick
During the Monday Night game between the Packers and the Bears on September 11, 1995, a fan jumped from the stand and made an incredible decision to catch an extra point kick. The game ended in Green Bay's victory but the fan, Mike Pantazis, was the one who really caught the headline.
For several years to come, Mike was featured on many sports shows including winning an ESPY award that year for "Outrages Play of the Year."
Monday Night Football Miracle
The New York Jets was playing the visiting Miami Dolphins on October 23, 2000. Despite being the home team, the Jets were down 30-7 at the end of the third quarter. However, the Jets didn't give up and scored 30 points in the fourth quarter and tied the game 37-37 at the end of regulation.
The Monday Night Miracle game went to overtime where the Dolphins eventually lost 37-40.
Bo Jackson Kept Running into the Tunnel
Bo Jackson was considered by many as The Greatest Athlete of All Time. Even though he won the Heisman Trophy in 1985, Bo Jackson didn't become a national sensation for another 2 years. The game happened in 1987 where the Raiders played the Seahawks in Seattle.
Bo Jackson got the handoff on 3rd and 6 from the Raiders nine yard line. He ran to the left and turned upfield while showing his incredible speed. Bo Jackson kept running into the locker room after the touchdown where three of his teammates went after him to celebrate.
Brett Favre's Incredible Game after His Dad Passed Away
On December 22nd 2003, one day after his dad passed away, Brett Favre decided to play a Monday Night Football game against the Raiders. In that game, Favre passed for 399 yards and 4 touchdowns. His team won 41-7.
No one expected Brett to be with the team that day, let alone playing and having one of the best games of his life. Thanks for the memories Brett Favre.
John Lennon Death Announcement
When John Lennon died in 1980, most Americans learned about the tragedy via Howard Cosell, the Monday Night Football announcer at the time. The Patriots and the Dolphins were playing on national television with three seconds left on the clock.
Patriots kicker John Smith was preparing to kick a field goal that would have won the game when Howard made the announcement to the world. Smith's kick attempt was blocked and the game went to overtime. The Dolphins won 16-13.
The End of Replacement Referees
The game between the Packers and the Seahawks at CenturyLink Field in Seattle is also known as the "Fail Mary" game. The Seahawks were down 7 to 12 with only 8 seconds left on the clock.
Facing a 4th and 10 from the Packers' 24 yard line, Russell Wilson threw a Hail Mary pass to the end zone to give his team a chance to win. The pass was caught simultaneously by both M.D Jennings from the Packers and Golden Tate from the Seahawks.
It really looked like M.D Jennings intercepted the pass but the replacement referees who officiated the game decided it was a touchdown and the Seahawks won one of the most memorable games in Monday Night Football history. This game also resulted in an agreement between the league and the officials to end the lockout.
Antonio Freeman Incredible Catch. He Did What?
The rivalry game between the Vikings and the Packers are well-documented through out history. However, the Monday Night Football game in 2000 really stands out when talking about one of the unforgettable moments in MNF history.
The game was tied at 20 and in overtime when Brett Favre threw a pass to his wide receiver, Antonio Freeman. The ball was deflected by the Vikings cornerback Cris Dishman. Thinking the play was over, everyone stopped playing, except Freeman knew the ball did not touch the ground.
He then got up and scored a touchdown to end the game 20-26 for the Packers win.
Saints First Game after Katrina in the Superdome
The most memorable moment in Monday Night Football history happened in New Orleans when the Saints played against the Falcons. It was the first game in Superdome since hurricane Katrina had devastated the area.
The action started to heat up when Steve Gleason blocked the first punt of the game and his teammate Curtis Deloatch recovered the football in the end zone for a touchdown. The Saints never looked back and won the game convincingly 23-3.
What is Your Favorite Monday Night Football Moment?
There you have it, the top 10 most unforgettable moments in Monday Night Football history. Do you have a particular game in mind when talking about the greatest moments in Monday Night Football?