fbpx
Home News America News Ex-Dolphins kicker Pete Stoyanovich recalls Leon Lett botch: 'I didn't know what...

Ex-Dolphins kicker Pete Stoyanovich recalls Leon Lett botch: 'I didn't know what was going on'

Leon Lett’s botched blocked field goal return is one of the most unforgettable, and unfortunate, plays in NFL Thanksgiving history.

Lett, who was a member of the Dallas Cowboys at the time, attempted to recover the ball after his teammate Jimmie Jones blocked a filed goal attempt by the Miami Dolphins‘ Pete Stoyanovich in a Thanksgiving game in the snow in 1993.

CLICK HERE FOR MORE SPORTS COVERAGE ON FOXNEWS.COM

The Miami Dolphins celebrate after kicker Pete Stoyanovich’s game-winning, 19-yard kick against the Dallas Cowboys at Texas Stadium on Nov. 25, 1993, in Irving, Texas. The Dolphins defeated the Cowboys 16-14.
(Joseph Patronite/Getty Images)

He slipped and went forward and the ball was recovered by the Dolphins in the end zone. Miami got the ball at the 1-yard line with three seconds left due to the league’s muffed kick rules, and Stoyanovich was able to kick the game-winning field goal.

Stoyanovich recalled the game in a recent interview with CBS Sports Radio’s “The DA Show.”

“It’s funny you say that, because we knew there was going to be some weather in the area,” Stoyanovich said. “When we landed in Dallas the night before, we made our way to the hotel and it hadn’t started snowing yet, I don’t believe. About 6 or 7 o’clock the snow started coming down, and it just never stopped. It snowed all night, into the morning the next day, on Thanksgiving. We just couldn’t believe what we were seeing. … The field was covered with tarp. The game was going to kick off at noon. We weren’t sure if once they removed the tarp, if the snow would stop. Once we arrived to the stadium, it kept snowing. Even after they removed the tarp, the field looked great at that point. Within minutes the field was covered again in snow. The footing was awful. It was slippery. Nobody in Dallas was prepared for that. It was very tough playing conditions, to say the least.”

Quarterback Doug Pederson (14) of the Miami Dolphins celebrates kicker Pete Stoyanovich’s game-winning 19-yard kick against the Dallas Cowboys at Texas Stadium on Nov. 25, 1993, in Irving, Texas. The Dolphins defeated the Cowboys 16-14.
(Joseph Patronite/Getty Images)

8 UNFORGETTABLE NFL THANKSGIVING DAY GAME MOMENTS

“The conditions were not good, the field was slippery. And luckily, we got another shot at it. After it was blocked, at that point in time, I really didn’t know what was going on. All I knew was, the kick was blocked and the ball was trickling down near the goal line. And at that point, I was just assuming the game was going to end the way it was going to end, with a blocked field goal. … It was a melee, to be honest with you. I didn’t know what was going on. … We were scraping snow and ice off the mark to line up for my field goal attempt, and nobody really knew what the heck was really going on. … As it turned out, we got the ball at the one-yard line. I think there were two seconds left, and I got another shot at it and converted this time. It was a fantastic finish. It was a great ending and a way to start the Thanksgiving weekend.”

Miami Dolphins running back Terry Kirby (43) loses the ball while being brought down by the Dallas Cowboys’ Brock Marion (31), Leon Lett (78) and Bill Bates (40) during first quarter action Nov. 25, 1993 in Texas. The Cowboys recovered the ball.
(Getty Images)

Lett and the Cowboys would get the last laugh in the end.

CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APP

The team would go on to win the Super Bowl over the Buffalo Bills later that season.


close






SUBSCRIBE

GET LATEST DAILY NEWS

We don’t spam! Read our privacy policy for more info.

RELATED ARTICLES

Netherlands, Australia confirm cases of Omicron COVID-19 variant

"It is not unlikely more cases will appear in the Netherlands," Health Minister Hugo de Jonge told a news conference in Rotterdam. "This could...

Taiwan scrambles to warn away Chinese air force in defence zone

Taiwan calls China's repeated nearby military activities "grey zone" warfare, designed to both wear out Taiwan's forces by making them repeatedly scramble.

Police arrest suspect after man is stabbed in Halifax

A 24-year-old man was taken to hospital for treatment of what are believed to be non-life-threatening injuries.

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

Most Popular

Netherlands, Australia confirm cases of Omicron COVID-19 variant

"It is not unlikely more cases will appear in the Netherlands," Health Minister Hugo de Jonge told a news conference in Rotterdam. "This could...

Taiwan scrambles to warn away Chinese air force in defence zone

Taiwan calls China's repeated nearby military activities "grey zone" warfare, designed to both wear out Taiwan's forces by making them repeatedly scramble.

Police arrest suspect after man is stabbed in Halifax

A 24-year-old man was taken to hospital for treatment of what are believed to be non-life-threatening injuries.

The London Knights maintain perfect win record against Owen Sound Attack

Captain Luke Evangelista scored his 20th goal tied the game in the third period, leading the London Knights to come back and beat the...

Recent Comments