Taking the Butt out of “Butt Fumble”
The NFL lost one of its most popular figures today. This ten year veteran was a solid role player, anchoring one of the better offensive NFL lines over the course of his tenure. He was a leader on and off the field, always available for interviews and willing to keep a mouthy teammate in line. He is one of the few players in the league who will end up playing all his professional games for one team, a rare feat in this day and age of free agency. Above all else, he is the only player in the history of the game whose ass is more popular than both his face and his name. This player is Brandon Moore and he sadly retires today, as the butt of all Mark Sanchez jokes.
As stated, Brandon Moore was a solid member of the New York Jets from 2003 through 2012. He was a key member of a Jets offensive line that was routinely ranked in the top five in rushing. He was a well respected player in the locker room, who according to numerous Jets, was a vocal leader amongst the team. Unfortunately, he was the owner of the ass that Mark Sanchez ran into during the famous “Butt Fumble” play on Thanksgiving last season against the rival Patriots. Brandon Moore retired today with that play, his large green ass, serving as the most memorable play of his career.
Obviously the “Butt Fumble” isn’t Brandon Moore’s fault. It was extremely poor luck on his part. Mark Sanchez could have picked anyone’s ass to run into. He happened to find his way to Moore’s, which lead to the fumble, which lead to a Patriots touchdown, which lead to league and nationwide humiliation. As a Jets fan watching that Thanksgiving, I will always remember the “Butt Fumble” as the moment I realized just how much of a joke my favorite football team was. Although Brandon Moore wasn’t responsible, his large behind will always be associated with a very dark time in my life.
I do appreciate the majority of Moore’s work as a Jet. He started 142 games in his career over the ten year span, and as previously mentioned, was a big reason the Jets were a top rushing team in the years of Curtis Martin and Thomas Jones. Moore was finally rewarded a Pro-Bowl roster position in 2011-2012. He was undrafted out of college and is living proof that hard work and belief in your ability can take you to great places. And then, Mark Sanchez picked his ass which effectively ended his career and ruined his legacy. Brandon, I appreciate you but you, your ex-quarterback and your ass all need to go so the Jets could have a fresh start and put the “Butt Fumble” in the past. Not to worry though, we will always remember you, as your ass will surely be on the NFL blooper reel for as long as the sport is in existence. Don’t let the door hit you in the ass on the way out!