Tom Brady tried it. Nick Foles perfected it. More quarterbacks are doing it.
Catching passes isn’t just for wide receivers, tight ends and running backs anymore. Coaches aren’t shy about drawing up trick plays that let quarterbacks use their hands for more than throwing a football.
Foles has the most famous catch of all because it came in the Super Bowl in Philadelphia’s 41-33 victory over New England on Feb. 4, 2018.
Foles lined up in the shotgun formation, faked calling an audible on the play and moved up and over to act like he was alerting the offensive linemen of a new play. Running back Corey Clement took the snap instead, rolled to his left and pitched the ball to tight end Trey Burton, who caught it coming off the end, ran a few steps and floated a pass to Foles in the end zone for a 1-yard touchdown that gave the Eagles a 22-12 halftime lead.
The play was called the “Philly Special” and it’ll be remembered as one of the gutsiest calls in sports history.