Most football fans have by now seen Beast Mode’s “seismic” gallop in last week’s Wild Card game in Seattle, punctuated by his stiff arm/back up off me toss of Saints DB Tracy Porter. It was, in a word, nasty.
Now, if folks want to get all technical, the stiff arm is generally a technique aimed at keeping a defender, quite literally, at arm’s length. It’s to avoid having said potential tackler even get to the body and, hence, further one’s gain. While that’s all well and good, the real fun of stiff arms is when someone gives the part stiff arm, part open-faced jab, part just straight up punch in the face.
These are the “stiff arms” we relish the most…the ones that flat-out embarrass the defender. Those that strip him of his manhood and lay him out on the floor. You know, the ones like Marshawn’s violation of Tracy Porter.
So, inspired by Beast Mode, here are a few memorable stiff arms. No doubt those on the receiving end remember them well, particularly as they lay the turf in the immediate aftermath, questioning their masculinity.
The Defensive Lineman Stiff Arm:
Kentucky defensive lineman Ventrell Jenkins proves you don’t have to have a running back’s number to unleash a devastating stiff arm.
The Old-School, One of the Best Runs You’ll See Stiff Arm:
The only college jersey I ever wanted to purchase was a #5 Garrison Hearst Georgia Bulldogs model. I never did, and I still regret it. I loved watching him play in college. He did some things in the pros for a bit, too. This Jets DB may recall one particular run.
The I’m a Soldier Stiff Arm:
This could be my personal favorite, in part because it’s on a beast of a linebacker. Check out Kellen Winslow as a member of the Browns simply owning the longtime stalwart Joey Porter.
The You Wish You Were Tikki Stiff Arm:
Jonathan Stewart engages and casually disgards Ronde Barber.
The Eddie George Move, Bitch, Get Out the Way Stiff Arm:
Ray Lewis is the benefactor of a violent message-sending stiff arm care of Mr. George. Lewis seems strangely silent after this one.
The Rosey Stiff Arm:
Lendale White unleashes a powerful one against the Longhorns during the ’06 Rose Bowl.
The I Don’t Care What the Scoreboard Says Stiff Arm:
In the midst of a 52-6 game in which the Rainbow Warriors are getting their asses handed to them, pass-happy Hawaii hands off to 266 lb. back West Keliikipi who carried the ball 72 times during his career. He made this one count. Just ask 2-9 in cardinal and gold.
All Day Stiff Arm:
Adrian Petersen throws a casual stiff arm, followed by a toss-his-ass-out-of-bounds upgrade on the way to the end zone. Well-executed.
GREG. JONES. STIFF. ARM.
Thank you to one of my anonymous comment providers. Speechless. Maybe the best I’ve ever seen.
And just one more time for good measure…
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