Former Chicago Bears quarterback Jim McMahon was the goal of one of many dirtiest performs the NFL has ever witnessed.
On Nov. 23, 1986, McMahon and the Bears had been within the midst of a heated rivalry sport towards the Inexperienced Bay Packers. The Packers seemed to get one up on the defending Tremendous Bowl champions.
McMahon threw the ball on one play, and about 10 seconds later, Packers defensive lineman Charles Martin came visiting, picked up McMahon from behind and slammed him to the bottom. McMahon suffered a torn rotator cuff consequently and was sidelined for the remainder of the season. Martin was ejected from the sport and suspended for 2 video games.
The previous Bears star informed Fox Information Digital that he by no means spoke to Martin after the incident. However he knew one thing soiled was going to return his method.
“By no means talked to him. By no means spoke to the man,” McMahon stated. “And I knew it was coming. It got here from the pinnacle coach as a result of [Packers head coach] Forrest Gregg and [Bears head coach Mike] Ditka didn’t like [each other], and Forrest certain didn’t like me both. So, I knew it was coming. I simply thought I’d have the ability to see it.”
“I bought a heads-up the evening earlier than by one in every of their teammates that stated, ‘Our coach doesn’t such as you. He stated if we had an opportunity to take a shot on you to do it.’ I used to be sort of leery of that and there was a lot dangerous blood all these years enjoying towards the Packers. That’s why it took me so lengthy to get to Inexperienced Bay as a result of I simply couldn’t see myself going up there after all of the stuff that we had gone by.”
Martin informed the Inexperienced Bay Press-Gazette on the time that he didn’t notice how dangerous the play was “till the media and TV and all that stuff was displaying it day-after-day.”
“I felt like I did one thing actual horrible. Nevertheless it wasn’t deliberately executed to attempt to harm him, to place him out of the sport. I really feel sorry for myself, for what I did. It was mistaken, however I had no management over it. It simply occurred so quick. I wasn’t even pondering. I want I had by no means executed it.”
McMahon finally joined the Packers for the ultimate years of his profession. He received a Super Bowl backing up Brett Favre.
Martin would spend time with the Houston Oilers and Atlanta Falcons after the 1986 season. He died in 2005.