Congratulations to I’ll Have Another, who once again surged past Bodemeister to win the Preakness. Watching I’ll Have Another rally for the win brought to mind some of the great rundowns in NFL history, like Don Beebe‘s strip of Leon Lett in Super Bowl XXVII, or Ben Watson preventing Champ Bailey from scoring a touchdown back in 2005.
But nobody can forget the king of the rundown, Darrell Green. The Redskins cornerback was famous (or notorious, depending on your fan allegiance) for chasing down some of the greats, like Tony Dorsett, Eric Dickerson and Jerry Rice (see the above video at about the 52-second mark). The chase of Dorsett is probably the most famous because it happened during Green’s rookie season and on Monday Night Football (back when that game mattered).
I was in Canton, Ohio for Green’s induction into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2008 and I had the chance to ask Dorsett about it.
“He had a great angle,” Dorsett said. “If you watch the play, I was at the line of scrimmage making people miss and he just took off. When I was running down the field, I didn’t see him in my peripheral. When I saw him, it was too late for me to kick it into another gear. When I got up, I looked down on him and said, ‘Where the hell did you come from?’
“I always wanted to get out on the field against him and try it again, now that I knew about him.”
Obviously, Dorsett still feels the sting of that moment.
So I will leave it for you guys. Who was the better rundown artist — I’ll Have Another or Green?