Posted September 06, 2013

Danny Trevathan loses TD in premature celebration; teammate injured in aftermath

AFC North, AFC West, Baltimore Ravens, Denver Broncos

You’d think NFL players would learn after guys like DeSean Jackson and Leon Lett were denied easy touchdowns as the result of premature celebration, but Denver Broncos linebacker Danny Trevathan found himself equally humiliated on Thursday night — bereft of a sure score because he decided to be a wiseacre. On their first drive of the fourth quarter, the Ravens had fourth-and-1 from their own 29, and quarterback Joe Flacco threw a quick pass toward running back Ray Rice. Trevathan admirably jumped the route for an interception and had clear sailing to the end zone. However, he dropped the ball without provocation before it crossed the plane of the end zone, and the ball eventually rolled out of the end zone for a touchback. The net result of the play: A nine-yard loss for the Ravens, but a new set of downs. Of course, the Ravens drove 80 yards for a touchdown, because karma is a thing that exists.

Trevathan was lucky in that his blunder eliminated what would have been a 49-17 blowout, and became a 42-24 contest after Baltimore’s follow-up touchdown. He was not so lucky in that fellow linebacker Wesley Woodyard, Denver’s best defensive player with Von Miller and Champ Bailey out of the game, was hurt on the play. He was trying to grab the ball before it went out of bounds, but he was bowled over by receiver Brandon Stokley, and limped off the field.

“It was a dumb play in retrospect,” Trevathan said after the game. “It’s not going to happen again. I was just so in the moment, you know, it was kind of selfish of me. I’m growing from it, and I’m not going to let nobody stop me from getting better.”

Former Broncos offensive lineman Mark Schlereth summed up the feelings of just about everyone who watched the play:

Broncos defensive coordinator Jack Del Rio made sure Trevathan knew the gravity of his mistake.

The game was a laugher for the Broncos because Peyton Manning put together a historic evening, becoming the first quarterback in NFL history to throw seven touchdown passes and no interceptions in a single game. As such, Trevathan’s goof was just a bit of comic relief, but you can bet he’s hearing about it from his coaches and teammates.

72 comments
Robert_Abooey
Robert_Abooey

One of the stupidest plays I have ever seen.The man is a complete fool.

ChaplainJack
ChaplainJack

Many of your comments seem as though you have never done anything stupid in your life. Man, I have and I was embarrassed after it was over. Think back on your life and then come back and tell us all about it. You'll see how easy it is to do stupid stuff like that...

David5
David5

Just another example of the reason, "smart football player," is an oxymoronic phrase. They choose to play the self-destructive game and must be protected from themselves, on behalf of themselves, their families and their teams.

That's the reason $750 million isn't nearly enough to repair the damages they do to themselves playing the game.

Jules de la Zazette
Jules de la Zazette

Fundamentals, gentlemen … fundamentals.  You hold onto the ball until you are at least 5 yards deep INTO the end zone.  Personally, I'd rather see it more like college, where a player scores, hands/tosses the ball to the ref, and celebrates (quickly and not too demonstrably), and then it's back to business. 

As a coach once told my HS team after some over the top TD celebration, "Don't ever do that again. Act like you've been there [the end zone] before."

M52
M52

He's a dumb negro... what do you expect?

Darren1
Darren1

All players at every level should be coached to run to the THICK white line -- AKA the end zone touch line -- before dropping the ball. Yikes.

Juice
Juice

He's a rookie who dropped that ball after making a great play.  It was a dumb move.  Dude got excited.  I don't see how this is a reflection of society, the NFL or race - at all.  Comments here truly 'dropping the ball'. They are the real reflection of what's wrong with people seeing things/making associations that simply don't exist.  Statements like that are what's bringing down society - not a dropped ball in a football game by a young linebacker. 

Hoosierfella1268
Hoosierfella1268

"Trevathan was lucky in that his blunder eliminated what would have been a 49-17 blowout, and became a 42-24 contest after Baltimore’s follow-up touchdown."

That is one of the worse sentences I have ever read. I think I understand what the writer meant, but I had to twist my brain and wrestle that sentence to the ground beforehand.

TallTexan2
TallTexan2

Ladies and gentlemen ... NEWS FLASH!  There have been 100's of NFL players, white and black, that have, through the years, done something stupid on the field that embarrassed them and their team.  Your overwrought reaction, near-racial comments, and downright ugliness say FAR more about you them that young man.  FAR MORE.

TallTexan2
TallTexan2

You don't want to mess with Del Rio ... he will NEVER do that again.

MikePurnell
MikePurnell

His and other's celebrations are a sign of an immature emotional structure, which are very common in folks from broken, albeit non-existent, families from a broken culture.

DougKaiser
DougKaiser

He'll be holding a football all next week.  He's going to have to wipe his butt while holding a football.  Dummy.

Bucky182
Bucky182

NFL stands for "Not for Long." There may not be a next time, son. Hold on to the pigskin until you are clearly all the way through the endzone. And FYI - did anyone know that Mark Schlerath played in the NFL? You wouldn't know by watching ESPN or listening to the radio.

muser
muser

Has this ever happened to a white player?

RobertLouis
RobertLouis

This showboating moron should be kicked off the team.

Joseph9
Joseph9

I thought the announcing crew got it exactly right, quoting Barry Sanders, "act like you've been there before". Always loved the way Sanders simply handed the ball to the officials and didn't act like he did anything other than what he was supposed to do -- his "showboat" was in the way he ran, not the way he acted.

randomdeletion
randomdeletion

How is it possible to be that freaking stupid?  I just can't imagine how.  What an unbelievable idiot.  Nothing could be more simple than hanging on to the ball until you cross the goal line when you are all by yourself.  

OK
OK

Danny Trevathan = Pure Punk

Within three years, Danny Trevathan will be found dead in an alley. Crips or Bloods will take him out.

gobigblue22
gobigblue22

The NFL could get rid of all of this nonsense but they don't and won't. WHY? MONEY!!!!! Forget sportsmanship and carry yourself with dignity. The NFL has sold out to a bunch of THUGS!!!!! 

This is our society today. What do I tell my 6yr old who just started playing Pop Warner football? I will tell them the truth. The NFL without a doubt has good people but I believe them to be far and few between. You have murders, wife beaters, gangsters and thugs that tarnish the NFL and all that came before. 

What is sad is the it is just not football. It is our society and the way people have decided to live their life. All I have to say is that all of us will have to answer for our actions. 

JohnnyNacho
JohnnyNacho

He was so jacked up on emotion and excitement and thought he was going to score.  He wasn't showboating or showing anybody up or any of that noise.  He'll run to the back of the endzone w/ the ball if he ever gets another chance.

tom50mal
tom50mal

I'm neither a Bronco fan or a Raven fan but this display of arrogance upset me to no end.  How can a player have so little respect for his teammates?  What was he thinking?  That he's so special he doesn't even need to have the ball when he crosses the goal line to score a touchdown?  If I were a Bronco fan I would not want to see this clown on the field again.  Let him try out for Dancing With the Stars instead.

MichaelRaffin
MichaelRaffin

@M52 Now why do you have to go there? What is your deal, thats so 1970's you jerk!

Melanie
Melanie

@Juice He's not a rookie. He was a rookie last year, and played all 16 games, so although he is a young player, he's definitely pretty experienced at this point (as there is a BIG difference between a rookie and a 1 yr. vet who played every single game the previous year). I agree with you about the rest of what you said, but I think the fact that he's not a rookie and had 100% experience last year just increases his accountability a bit more than how you put it. Otherwise, like I said, I agree with the rest. (But indeed everyone makes mistakes; it was a ridiculous mistake, but none of our most ridiculous mistakes are broadcast on nationwide TV in primetime, for millions of people to see and pick apart. People do need to realize that. At the same time, I don't feel bad for him. He signed up for it, and ridicule is involved, especially when you're making that much money.)

ChaplainJack
ChaplainJack

@TallTexan2   If it was not for all the stupid things they do, we would not have all the TV Blooper that we get to watch later. Sometimes I laugh so hard, I can hardly catch my breath.

BY
BY

@TallTexan2 Whose overwrought, near racial comments? Because I did not find anything remotely overwrought or racial in the SI posting. I do think your reaction is a tad overwrought.

Darren1
Darren1

@MikePurnell And you know this how, Dr. Psychologist? Please share your qualifications for making such an ill-informed, immature, and quite frankly racist comment.

TallTexan2
TallTexan2

@muser Yes, there have been many white players who have regretted doing something stupid on the field.  Any  more questions?

l.czolgosz66
l.czolgosz66

@muser Wouldn't know, don't spend every waking moment contrasting actions on the basis of race.

M52
M52

@Joseph9 Earl Campbell always did the same.  A class act.

StacyHutchens
StacyHutchens

@OK What is your major malfunction numnuts?? "dead in an alley"? People like you should not be allowed in the general public.....

Bucky182
Bucky182

@gobigblue22 The number of good guys in the NFL far outweigh the number of thugs. We only hear about the thugs on the new because not too many media outlets want to report on the deeds of the good guys. Peter King tallied it up and the percentage of arrests in the NFL is on par with the percentage of arrests in society. It is the bad guys that are few and far between, however, it is also the bad guys that get the most media exposure.

StacyHutchens
StacyHutchens

@gobigblue22 Wow, you got all that info cos the guy celebrated early??? You don't need to worry about the "murderers, thugs, gangsters and wife beaters" affecting your 6 yr so much as your totally skewed outlook poisoning his mind........ A silly play led you to rant about the NFL in that way???


chipdavis
chipdavis

@gobigblue22 Ever think that all those hits to the head might have something to do with the crime rate in the NFL? You LET or MAKE your 6 year old play Pop Warner? Now THAT'S stupid!

Craig
Craig

@JohnnyNacho I disagree.  He was already thinking about how to look cool.  In his head he was mentally thinking about his dance moves, and they apparently didn't include having the ball in his hands.  The "act like you've been there before" comment is right on target.  He was so focused on being cool he couldn't be bothered to make the play.  He could have put the game away, and failed on the most basic element in the game...if you've got the ball take it with you.  It has nothing to do with race or anything else.  It was all about looking cool...on national television no less.   Well, he was on national television, and everybody got to see him.  I'm not sure how cool that was though.

Joebuckster
Joebuckster

@tom50mal Oh relax. Way to overblow an honest (but stupid) mistake. Maybe you should see if you could have him arrested? You're an idiot.

M52
M52

@MichaelRaffin @M52 Whatever idiot... name one white guy that has ever done that.  Crickets is all that I hear.

gobigblue22
gobigblue22

@Bucky182 @gobigblue22 I hear you. I was out of line for saying that the bad eggs out way the good. I do believe like any professional in any line of work the men have a responsibility on and off the field. If you want to compare the NFL arrest with the rest of society I can't argue that but if you want to compare to other professions that get paid well above the average household income then I think my point is valid. I not sure any employer would continue to give job opportunities to employees who have criminal records like some of these athletes....except NFL owners who just want to win games.

gobigblue22
gobigblue22

@StacyHutchens @gobigblue22 Your right. I am sure this guy is a good guy. A bonehead play shouldn't have caused the rant that I published but I didn't lie about the real issues that are apart of the NFL. I have friends that have played in the NFL, MLB and the NBA and all agree that changes need to be made but because of the money involved with the owners and the players it will never happen. The arrest records and the statistics don't lie. 

And yes I don't want my son to grow up like these players who want all the attention on the field for making tackle or scoring a touchdown. I want him to be a real man who understands that this world isn't about him and that he is expected to carry himself with dignity. 

This is what I want my son to be great at.

John 14:6Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me…”



gobigblue22
gobigblue22

@chipdavis @gobigblue22 I am not here to get in this smack talk that goes on but why would you judge me when you know nothing about myself or my son. My past or my experience.


tom50mal
tom50mal

@Joebuckster @tom50mal So when Jack Del Rio was chewing the guy's head off on the sidelines he was "over-blowing" it too?  Would you tell Del Rio he was being an "idiot" for responding that way?