Vinny Testaverde and the Shortest Yard

At the end of a crucial late-season NFL football game in December 1998, Vinny Testaverde's New York Jets found themselves trailing the Seattle Seahawks 31?26. On fourth down, Testaverde ran the ball four yards before being tackled about one yard shy of the goal line. The Jets' hopes of victory were dashed -- until Testaverde was miraculously awarded a game-winning touchdown by head linesman Earnie Frantz -- who later explained that he had accidentally mistaken Vinny's (gleaming white) helmet for the ball!

["Testaverde," one observer remarked, "became the first player in NFL history to run four yards for a five-yard touchdown." Frantz's call was among those which prompted the NFL to restore the instant replay rule.]

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