There’s good reason the San Francisco 49ers were excited to draft receiver Brandon Aiyuk in the first round of this year’s draft.
Aiyuk is a fantastic athlete. If people didn’t know that, they found out on one play in “Sunday Night Football.”
Aiyuk broke a long play down the sideline, darting through players to pick up a first down and more. Aiyuk had one Philadelphia Eagles defender between him and the end zone. At that point it was a good play. It was about to become great.
Aiyuk sized up Eagles safety Marcus Epps coming at him and decided to go high hurdles. Epps lunged for the tackle and came up with nothing but air. Aiyuk hurdled right over him and barely broke stride on his way to the end zone for a touchdown.
We’re used to seeing great athletic feats in the NFL each week. Even among those, Aiyuk’s leap is an easy early candidate for the play of the year.
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