A 69-yard “circus” play orchestrated by the Miami Dolphins with no time left on the clock, that led to the game-winning touchdown over the New England Patriots, has been dubbed the “Miami Miracle.”
Here’s what it looks like in written form.
Kenyan Drake wouldn’t have made it into the end zone if former NC State Offensive Lineman Ted Larsen didn’t run 40 yards down the field, and make the key block on Patrick Chung on the 30-yard line.
MIRACLE IN MIAMI!
— ESPN (@espn) December 9, 2018
— Next Gen Stats (@NextGenStats) December 9, 2018
Even though Drake scored the touchdown, the Dolphins were chanting Larsen’s name at the end of the game.
Dolphins offensive linemen are chanting “Ted! Ted! Ted!” for Ted Larsen, who had key block on winning score
— Joe Schad (@schadjoe) December 9, 2018
Larsen was transparent after the game. There wasn’t a single ounce of him that wanted the ball tossed in his direction.
“It looked like we had a little action,” Larsen said. “You just try to get down there. I was kind of hoping they wouldn’t pitch me the ball. I was looking forward to making the block. I ended up making the block and it worked. He had a great run.” (Link)
The former Wolfpack lineman helped make history yesterday.
It was the first time in the 52-year history of the Dolphins that they scored the winning touchdown with no time left on the clock. At 69 yards, it was the NFL’s longest play from scrimmage to win a game with no time left since at least the 1970 merger. (DeadSpin)
Larsen has been in the league 9 years now, and his key block in the Miami Miracle is his shining moment of his tenure, and will likely go down as the most epic play of his career.
Phoenix Suns Trade TJ Warren to the Indiana Pacers
Former NC State ACC Player of the Year TJ Warren was traded by the Phoenix Suns to the Indiana Pacers prior to last nights NBA Draft.
Rumors were swirling that the Suns could be moving Warren to clear cap space, and the Mavericks, Magic, Spurs, Pacers, and Pistons all reached out.
Warren still has 3-years and $35 million left on his current contract. The Suns inked a 4-year extension worth $50 million in 2017.
Here’s the remainder of the contract the Pacers are inheriting.
Last year was Warren’s 5th year in the league, and he averaged 18.0 points per game (2nd best), and a career best 42.8% from three-point land.
The Pacers are getting a deal.
Warren will have the privilege of being coached by former NC State Guard Nate McMillan.
Philip Rivers Tied for 2nd Best Odds to Win 2019 NFL MVP
Football season is creeping up on us, and Vegas is itching for people to chuck money their way. According to some very early betting lines, NC State legend, Los Angeles Chargers Quarterback Philip Rivers is tied for the 2nd best odds to win the 2019 NFL MVP Award.
At the age of 36, Rivers’ QB Rating of 105.5, 32 touchdowns, and 68.5% completion percentage, were all tied for the 2nd best marks of his 15 year career.
Last year Rivers ranked 8th in Completion Percentage (68.3%), 8th in passing yards (4,308), 6th in passing touchdowns (32), and 5th in QB Rating (105.5).
Rivers led the Chargers to a 12-4 record last year.
TJ Warren, Terry Henderson & Malik Abu Invade Local Summer League
The Ultimate Basketball Association, a local Pro-Am League, is currently in session, and 3 former NC State players have come back to the Triangle to show out.
TJ Warren is on a team with Terry Henderson, and in the video below, the two of them face off against Malik Abu’s squad.
Compliments to the Hoop State Network for the video released Monday.
Will Wilson Signs Contract with Los Angeles Angels
Former NC State Shortstop Will Wilson has officially signed his contract with the Los Angeles Angels after being taken 15th overall in the 2019 MLB Draft.
The shortstop from North Carolina State will receive an under-slot bonus of $3.4 million, said a club official who was not authorized to publicly comment. The value of the 15th pick with which the Angels chose Wilson was $3,885,800.LA Times
Wilson became the first player in NC State history to earn ACC Defensive Player of the Year honors this year, and also has picked up All-American honors.
It was fitting that Wilson was in attendance at the Angels game tonight, making an appearance on the big screen.