Beaten, bloodied, and somewhat bullied, New York Giants quarterback Y.A. Tittle refused to come out of the game.
The elder statesman of the New York Football Giants had been hit from every side of his body by Bill George, Ed O'Bradovich, Doug Atkins and Larry Morris.
As the captain of the Giants offense, Tittle refused to leave the game in favor of backup Glynn Griffing.
Tittle drove the NFL's most prolific offense down the field on the first drive of the game for an easy score. After that, Tittle's body gave way to the Bears' muscular front seven.
During the half, Tittle was pumped full of novocaine and cortisone shots. Giants head coach Allie Sherman refused advice to put Griffing in the game.
The NFL's best offense, led by its most prolific quarterback, wound up going 11 of 29 for 147 yards...and 5 interceptions. Two of the interceptions led to 14 Bears points.
The Bears won the game and the 1963 NFL Championship by a score of 14-10.
My, how we have forgotten.
Late Monday, it was reported that Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler suffered a Grade 2 MCL sprain. The Bears medical staff pleaded with Cutler to sit out the second half, but Cutler insisted to start the 3rd quarter. After throwing a two bounce sinker that would've made Bert
Blyleven jealous, it was obvious that Cutler's knee was not giving him the needed stability to make throws.
In light of all of this information, Chicago Bears Nation and former NFL players proceeded to bash the former Pro Bowl quarterback.
The list of former players who called out Cutler on Twitter (Or, the 'Home of Public Oratorical Masturbation, as I call it), television, and radio is laughable. The players listed in this catalogue of the insane makes the collection of inane remarks that much more delicious.
Maurice Jones-Drew, arrested for assault back in 2006, should thank his lucky stars that Twitter wasn't prevalent. Jones-Drew, who had his charges dropped, would've been at the mercy of hundreds of Twitterdees and Twitterdumbs...All of these people would have made their assumptions before receiving the facts. The comments would be made far in advance of his acquittal. I'm sure he would've enjoyed the spectacle.
Terrell Owens, a man known for his yap more than his toughness, took more verbal jabs at the Bears gunslinger. Maybe Owens should've been informed of his lack of toughness at Chicago's very own Soldier Field. It was just 9 ½ years ago that Terrell Owens bobbled a pass over the middle of the field, bracing for impact from Bears middle linebacker Brian Urlacher, only to have it intercepted by Mike Brown for a game winning touchdown. Yep, tough guy you are T.O.
Deion Sanders, a man known for balking at any tackle possible throughout his career, spent the evening questioning the field general's toughness.
Ross Tucker, a Princeton graduate, stated that he injured his knee four times, and each time was not able to stand like Cutler on the sidelines. One wonders if they taught physical therapy at Princeton.
Mark Schlereth of the Denver Broncos championship teams made similar statements. Schlereth injured his knee a couple times...and we wonder what may have helped the rehabilitation. Considering Schlereth mysteriously lost a bag full of weight after his playing days were over, and that steroids are quite the help in recovering from injury....one wonders. Am I making an assumption on Schlereth's physical history? Yep. Why not? If he did for Cutler, why can't I for him?
All of this is understandable when considering the neanderthal populace that makes up professional football analyzation. As New York Giants defensive tackle Barry Cofield stated, "A wise man once told me that it's easy to be tough with somebody else's body." And it seems that former and current NFL players live by the rule.
Ignore the fact that Cutler's diabetes complicates his ability to take a cortisone shot and go back on the field. Ignore the fact that Cutler pleaded with his coaches to stay in the game. Ignore the previous 17 games where Cutler was sacked more so than any quarterback in the NFL. Ignore the fact Cutler, earlier in the game, lowered his shoulder into a Green Bay defender. Ignore Cutler's insistence to play in a regular season finale against the Packers when the game meant absolutely nothing.
For every clip of a Byron Leftwich being carried down the field by his teammates for a game winning drive, there are ten more Y.A. Tittle's costing his team a game.
Or maybe you want to ignore it.
It's easy to be tough with somebody else's body.
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