In NFL football history, it is known as the Immaculate Reception. It was an NFL playoff game in 1972. The Pittsburgh Steelers were faced with a 4th and 10 play, with just 22 seconds to go. They were trailing the Oakland Raiders 7-6. That’s when it happened. The play that NFL Films has chosen as the greatest play of all time. (Now a monument in the NFL Football Hall of Fame)
Quarterback Terry Bradshaw dropped back and threw to halfback John “Frenchy” Fuqua. To this day, there is controversy as to whether he simply did not catch it and knocked it in the air, or if it was deflected by Raiders safety Jack Tatum. (If Tatum did not touch it, then the rules at that time mandated that no other Steeler could catch the ball, if only off the hands of Steelers player Fuqua. There are no longer such “deflection rules” as noted in the Wikipedia attachment above)
Pittsburgh Steelers fullback, Franco Harris, scooped up the deflected ball just above the ground and ran for a touchdown. Pittsburgh calls it the play that changed a city. The win was the first playoff win by the Pittsburgh Steelers, who had suffered through four decades of football losing. After winning that playoff game, Pittsburgh went on to win four Super Bowls. A moment in time with long-lasting impact.
Later, Steelers Coach Chuck Noll was asked how Franco Harris could have possibly caught the ball. He succinctly said “He was hustling, and good things happen to people who hustle”.
I think Coach Noll’s statement has so many applications to everyday life! It’s why I always hope that people call our law firm right after their crash, instead of waiting. Getting busy and hustling makes a difference, instead of letting the insurance company get a head start on finding the witnesses, taking pictures and securing the evidence.
Sometimes we get hired late in the process and have to rely on the insurance company to provide us with pictures of the cars in the crash. Usually by then, the cars have already been fixed or sent for salvage and we cannot take pictures.
It’s so frustrating when the insurance company only sends pictures of our client’s car, and then tells us, “We don’t have pictures of the other car”. I just shake my head. It makes me want to write back, “Yea, Right! Funny how those pictures were never taken”.(shaking head)
There are two uncredited quotes about hustling, that I really like:
My entire life can be summed up in four words: I hustled. I conquered.
The dream is free. The hustle is sold separately.
Another way that we put it at the firm, “Don’t talk about it, be about it!”