"FAIL MARY" Reunion
August 23, 2013, 1:49 pm
By: Jim Ferretti
Some call it a great call, others call it the worst call ever. No matter what you call it, the 'Fail Mary' is known throughout the NFL as one of the most controversial calls in the history of football.
The Record books show the Seattle Seahawks won the September 24th, 2012 game in dramatic fashion. Trailing Green Bay 12-7. The Seahawks had the ball on the Packer 24 yard-line, with eight seconds to go. Seahawks quarterback Russell was chased from the pockets and heaved the ball down field. It came down into a crowd of receivers and defenders. Two players, Golden Tate for the Seahawks and M.D. Jennings for the Packers both got their hands on the ball. Lance Easley, a full time bank employee and
part time replacement ref says the rule was clear: a simultaneous catch goes to the offense. Touchdown Seahawks.
The crowd at Century Link Field went nuts. Seahawks fans were happy, Packer fans, not so much. The call has remained a matter of controversy even a year later and Easley himself became the target of scorn, hatred, even death threats.
Easley says he has depended on his strong character and the love of his family and friends to see him through. He has even turned what he has learned into a book. Making the Call: Living With Your Decisions
, shows that life is not about knowing how you'll make any one call, but about how you'll prepare for, and live with , the calls you make.
Reporter Jim Ferretti spoke with Lance before the one and only meeting between the Seahawks and Packers this season on Friday Night.