Friday marks the seven-year anniversary of the ‘Butt Fumble’
On Nov. 22, 2012, the New York Jets hosted the New England Patriots for a Thanksgiving Day showdown. The Patriots walked out of MetLife Stadium with a resounding 49-19 victory. But why the game will live on in NFL infamy forever is what came to be known as the “Butt Fumble,” arguably the most embarrassing play in modern sports history.
And Friday marks the seven-year anniversary of infamous blooper.
On its 7th anniversary, we tell the story of "The Butt Fumble" in four parts: pic.twitter.com/EC4rECrAIu— ESPN (@espn) November 22, 2019
On an ill-fated run/scramble, Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez ran face-first into offensive lineman Brandon Moore’s butt and fumbled the ball, which was returned for a touchdown by the Patriots. The play set off an absolute hilarity explosion on the internet that still resonates to this day.
Seven years ago today, the butt fumble was born. pic.twitter.com/AQcBBjgztP— Field Yates (@FieldYates) November 22, 2019
If there’s a play in sports that deserves a “Yakety Sax” of Benny Hill lore as its soundtrack, the Butt Fumble is it
How popular is the Butt Fumble? The NFL has its own video on its official YouTube channel of the play, which unflatteringly touts the footage as follows: “It’s been called the ‘butt fumble’ and it’s easily one of the worst plays in QB Mark Sanchez’s career and in the history of the NFL.”
It has been viewed nearly 1.7 million times.
If the Butt Fumble needed any more notoriety — it did not — it inspired one of Bill Belichick’s legendary, sarcastic take downs of a media member who was foolish enough to ask him about it a few years later.
And what has Sanchez had to say about the schadenfreude of it all?
“I mean, it sucked,” Sanchez, then a member of the Philadelphia Eagles, said in 2014. “I ran into some guy’s butt and dropped the ball on the turf, and they scored. It’s like my favorite holiday. It’s not cool. That was really a bummer. But the game plan was ‘Try not to do that,’ and we accomplished it.”
And here we are, celebrating it all these years later. Happy anniversary, Butt Fumble.