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#8 Case of the Dropsies - Top 10 Most Embarrassing NFL Moments


If you are a Pittsburgh Steelers fan, then you are probably a fan of Jackie Smith as well. Sort of anyway. That’s because in Super Bowl XIII a rematch of Super Bowl X, Smith, then a Dallas Cowboys tight end dropped a pass from Roger Staubach in the end zone, a ball that hit him square in the chest and would have tied the game at 21. It was a third-down play so Dallas had to settle for three. They would eventually lose the game 35-31 their second straight loss to Pittsburgh in a Super Bowl.

The play had such an impact that ESPN placed it #24 in a listing they had compiled of the 100 Greatest Super Bowl Moments. Great for Steelers fans but not so great if you cheered on the Cowboys. Despite the focus on the drop, had he caught the ball it would have only tied the game and the outcome at that point would have still been unknown.

You can see how this play went down on YouTube here.

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Harv Aronson

Harv Aronson was born and raised in Pittsburgh but now lives in Florida with his beautiful wife Melissa.

Harv currently writes for Abstract Sports, the Sports History Network, and the magazine Gridiron Greats. Harv wrote the published book "Pro Football's Most Passionate Fans" and as a professional writer has had articles published in an array of sports publications.

Harv loves all sports but football and baseball are at the top of his interest. His passion is for sports history. You can also watch Harv’s videos on his YouTube channel “Total Sports Recall.”

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