There are touchdowns, and then there are fat guy touchdowns. And during an NFL game Saturday between the Buffalo Bills and New England Patriots, one husky 320-pound offensive tackle got to perform the latter.
Boasting a higher BMI than 99 percent of similarly aged men in America and 100 percent of similarly aged men across the globe (trigger warning), OT Dion Dawkins helped the Buffalo Bills enter halftime tied with the Patriots, despite the team having reportedly been “outplayed for nearly the entire first half,” according to Yahoo Sports.
How did he accomplish this? By catching a 1-yard touchdown pass with only mere seconds remaining before halftime began.
“With five seconds left in the first half, Dawkins scored one of the season’s most pivotal fat guy touchdowns on a pass from Josh Allen thanks to a bit of trickery. It was the second touchdown catch of Dawkins’ career,” Yahoo Sports reported.
Watch, and take note of the funky dance that followed:
What made the play stunning, besides the fact that Dawkins is one extra-extra burly fellow, is that offensive linemen aren’t usually eligible to function as receivers.
However, the Bills reportedly bypassed the rule by being clever.
“NFL rules dictate that there must be seven players lined up at the line of scrimmage, with the players at each end being eligible to receive passes. Those are usually wide receivers and tight ends, with offensive lineman in the middle,” Yahoo Sports notes.
“The Bills’ formation left Dawkins as the left-most player at the line of scrimmage. In that circumstance, a lineman is still ineligible unless he reports to the officials as an eligible receiver. Dawkins could be heard doing that … so he was within his rights to slip out and catch the pass, to the apparent surprise of the Patriots.”
I heard him being reported https://t.co/nEgJv7ZWig
— Doug Kyed (@DougKyed) December 21, 2019
People are questioning whether Dion Dawkins was reported as eligible? Well if anyone wants proof, I have it. #Bills
— Brayton J. Wilson (@BJWilsonWGR) December 21, 2019
So just like that, Dawkins managed to pull off one of the most amazing fat guy touchdowns seen in recent times.
And by doing so, he just managed to briefly make himself a cult hero — and as can be seen below, he’s loving every minute in the spotlight:
— Dion Dawkins (@DDawkins66) December 22, 2019
Fat man touchdown @DDawkins66 do the damn thing
— kevvy (@kevvycuse) December 21, 2019
— Jay Weishan (@Jay_Weishan14) December 21, 2019
— x-(10-4)Justin Vanderbrook (@Vbrook23) December 21, 2019
Always love fat man touchdowns
— Welp? (@Shootmeded) December 21, 2019
Every time a fat man scores a Touchdown
An angel’s life extends buy the whegt of the man.
— ☃️❄️Mo ❄️☃️CEO of cooler gang and Sprite Cranberry (@mo49alshaif) December 21, 2019
Doesn’t matter what team you root for. We all love a fat man touchdown
— Drew (NTE) (@NotTheExpertYT) December 21, 2019
Just like Peter pic.twitter.com/Msd776qbwO
— Esdras Mendoza ?? (@Edras_20) December 21, 2019
Whether Dawkins will be remembered in the history books is another matter altogether. While fat, he may not be quite fat enough for the records.
As of late 2019, that record goes to former Baylor Bears offensive lineman LaQuan McGowan. Weighing in at a whopping 390 pounds, the six-foot-seven beast of a man scored a fat guy touchdown against Michigan State in the Cotton Bowl four years ago.
So what exactly is it about these touchdowns that make them so special? Writing in NBC Sports back in 2015, renowned sportswriter Michael David Smith explained why.
“There are so many speedy receivers, powerful running backs and skillful quarterbacks who get most of the attention in the NFL, but there’s nothing more exhilarating than seeing one of those 300-plus pound linemen getting into the end zone,” he wrote. “Those are the guys who do the dirty work on most plays, and seeing them getting to score is just plain fun.”
“It’s also a lot of fun to see those fat guys running because we feel like we’re seeing someone run the way we’d run on a football field: Noticeably slower than everyone else out there. (Although, truth be told, even the fattest NFL lineman is a good enough athlete that he could beat the average American in a 40-yard dash.) You don’t see guys with big bellies excelling in other sports the way you do in football, and when a guy with a big belly crosses the goal line, guys across America with big bellies can celebrate with them.”
Also known as big guy touchdowns, fat guy touchdowns have been a staple in the industry for decades:
However, whether or not this tradition will survive in this day and age of “trigger warnings,” “fat-shaming” and other politically correct “social justice” remains to be seen. For the sake of fat guys everywhere, hopefully, it will.
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