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Flying Machine

Flying Machine

By Eric Ortiz

CINCINNATI, OH - DECEMBER 24: Jerome Simpson #89 of the Cincinnati Bengals looks on after scoring a touchdown against the Arizona Cardinals at Paul Brown Stadium on December 24, 2011 in Cincinnati, Ohio. The Bengals won 23-16.
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If you’ve already seen Jerome Simpson’s amazing feat, you’ll love it all over again. And if you haven’t…

By Eric Ortiz

Flying is not a new phenomenon. Pterodactyls roamed the skies more than 200 million years ago, Icarus almost touched the sun in Greek mythology and the Wright brothers built the first airplane in the early 20th century.

Humans still believe they can fly. Some are just more successful at being aerodynamic innovators than others. Take Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Jerome Simpson.

On December 24, 2011, Simpson, then playing for Cincinnati Bengals, demonstrated his hops by jumping over an Arizona Cardinals defender, doing a flip into the end zone and sticking the landing for a touchdown. The move was deemed one of the best of the decade.

Simpson shrugged it off as instinct. His head coach popped a blood vessel. And every NFL TV producer who got to package the flip into a highlights package probably did a high-five.

Some people joke that the NFL stands for the No Fun League. As long as Roger Goodell doesn’t ban flips from games, that’s impossible. So sit back and enjoy Simpson’s flip.

Just don’t try this at home. Leave that to the professionals.

Eric Ortiz is a 2014 Knight Fellow at Stanford and the founder of Moblish, a mobile-first publishing platform for journalists.


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