In 1975, Cowboys quarterback Roger Staubach popularized which football phrase?
– Flea Flicker
– Naked Bootleg
– Hail Mary
– Red Zone
A Hail Mary pass also known as a Shot Play is a very long forward pass in American football, made in desperation with only a small chance of success. In the Hail Mary pass all receivers run straight toward the end zone and the quarterback will make a long pass that is often “up for grabs”. The term became widespread after a December 28, 1975 NFL playoff game between the Dallas Cowboys and the Minnesota Vikings, when Cowboys quarterback Roger Staubach (a Roman Catholic) said about his game-winning touchdown pass to wide receiver Drew Pearson, “I closed my eyes and said a Hail Mary.” Previous to this play, a last-second desperation pass had been called several names, most notably the “Alley-Oop”.