Some uninformed fans may overlook the preseason's exhibition games because they "don't count." However, for many low draft picks, undrafted free agents, and fringe vets this is their personal Super Bowl. It's their shot at proving that they're worthy of a roster spot. As a result of players giving their all to make the team, you sometimes get surreal highlights.
It's easy to forget, but some of the craziest plays happen in August. From a pick-six unlike any other in NFL history to kickers showing off their QB skills, here are the 10 Craziest Preseason Plays of All Time.
10. Kicker Passes to Rookie DE For (Negated) 2 Pt. Conversion
Garo Yepremian attempted a similar pass during Super Bowl VII, but he failed miserably. For those wondering who is Yepremian or what the worst pass in NFL history looks like, Google is your friend.
7. Brandon Flowers' Shows Elite Hand-Eye Coordination
For those of us who can't even high-five properly, this clip leaves us in awe and extremely jealous.
The salsa celebration was still a season away, but this clip shows how the speed and hands were there from day 1.
A football field goal line-to-goal line is 100 yards, the end zones themselves are 10 yards deep, so you can't score a TD longer than 109 yards. Deonte Thompson used every yard possible in this thrilling return.
A for awareness. A+ for gracefulness.
This play features consecutive interceptions returned for touchdowns, by the same player, in a span of just 20 (game clock) seconds. According to Pro Football Reference, there were 17,788 pass attempts in the 2012 season. Only 71--or 0.39 percent--of those attempts were intercepted for pick-sixes.
2. 4th & 10 Fake Punt TD
Preseason or not, this is one of the best trick plays I've ever seen. Props to A.J. Trapasso for the slick behind-the-back fake and for putting on the afterburners to make sure he got to the end zone.
Great hands and speed by Brooks, but what about the hit by Merrill Noel that made it all possible? "Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much."