But the guy who got the play started, Lorenzo Neal, has always been a missing piece here.
At "SPORTSFEST," an event hosted by 104.5 The Zone (the radio station I do some work for on Wycheck’s show), the three took the stage together and discussed the play for an hour. And Neal’s take was what an excited crowd wanted most to hear about.
Dyson said he was sick of taking calls from people looking for Neal, and was the first of the three to note how “the other eight guys on the field did their job to make the thing work.” It was a nice nod to guys like Terry Killens, Greg Favors and Perry Phenix, who were all eventually mentioned.
Here’s Neal on fielding the kick. The lighting wasn’t great and my hand wasn’t steady, but I thought Titans fans would like to see this snippet even so:
A few other notes:
Neal was heartfelt talking about his feelings concerning the impact of the play and how it still brings people together. He was the star of the show, and fairly so. He was an immensely popular player in 1999 and 2000 when he was with the Titans. Wycheck joked about how many people attended just in hopes of landing “the third autograph” on their memorabilia.
Wycheck talked about how the Titans never kicked the ball to Neal when they practiced the tricky kickoff return.
Dyson said he had no idea what all the fuss was about after the play in terms of Wycheck’s lateral. The way he moved to get the ball he thought it was clear cut. Only when he got home and saw replays did he realize how close it was.