Goodbye Ahmad Bradshaw
Ahmad Bradshaw is leaving the New York Giants one year after the departure of Brandon Jacobs. While Jacobs was a character, who made headlines for brash talk, Bradshaw’s name in the headlines meant one of two things: injury or dominating play. I’m glad Bradshaw had a truly awesome performance this past season in San Francisco before he once again struggled with various ailments. But I’ll always remember him best for his ambivalent, game-winning Super Bowl touchdown. He plopped into the end zone, butt first, having run it in an uncontested 6 yards, the Patriots’ defense giving up the score to get the ball back before time ticked away. His teammates were apparently telling him not to go in the end zone, but he had too much momentum. Had Brady come back and won the thing with a hail mary touchdown, I’d see things differently of course. But he didn’t, and so it was that Ahmad Bradshaw scored the winning points of Super Bowl 46 for the Giants.
This year, with the Giants sitting out of the playoffs, there were still some delicious postseason moments - close games, surprising comebacks, tense moments, and even a wacky blackout. Toward the end of the Super Bowl between the Ravens and 49ers, San Francisco had 4 downs and 7 yards to come back from a massive deficit and steal the day. With only a couple minutes left on the clock, there would be no repeat of the uncontested score for one key difference: where the Giants only needed a field goal to go ahead, the 49ers needed a touch down. The Ravens defense held firm, and forced three errant passes after a 2 yard run. Game over.
Had Bradshaw not plopped into the end zone, in all likelihood the kicker Tynes would have scored that winning field goal from extra point range. But you never know, do you? So goodbye, Ahmad Bradshaw, Super Bowl hero. I hope David Wilson and Andre Brown really are up to the task of filling your shoes (ideally with healthier feet), but even so, you’ll be missed.