The inside story of Greg Jennings breaking his leg in ‘Madden’ YouTube video
On April 18, 2010, Greg Jennings put the team on his back doe.
If you aren’t aware of the famous YouTube clip, then you’ve been missing out for all these years. You can watch the video below, but be warned: it contains explicit language.
The video sat on YouTube for a while with minimal views before finally exploding in October 2010. Since then, it has become a well-known video, amassing over 14 million views. The video itself wouldn’t be that entertaining if not for the man narrating it.
That man is Demetry James and he provided his backstory for this video to Kotaku back in 2011 . The best part of this story, which you don’t see in the video, is that James was already winning by 22 points. This was the last play of the game and it was completely unnecessary for him to try to score.
But this is “Madden” we’re talking about. If you’re not trying to score at all times, then why are you even playing?
“You know, I was surprised he even caught the ball,” James told Kotaku. “All I was doing was looking for the open man. I saw he was open and threw it, and then I saw him limping and realized, that’s Greg Jennings, the guy got a broken leg! There were four or five of us friends playing ‘Madden’ that day, all of us watching, and then all of a sudden we’re all dying laughing. Oh, my God.”
As for the final phrase at the end of the video (“F— you, Gumby!”), James explained that Gumby is his lifetime friend. Although the video kind of ruined Gumby’s life. His other friends would constantly utter that phrase at him.
“They don’t even say ‘How you doing?'” James told Kotaku. “Not ‘Hello,’ not ‘Good morning,’ not ‘Hey, man, what’s the score?’ just ‘F— you, Gumby.'”
The video became so popular in “Madden” culture that the game developers even put in an achievement called “Put Da Team on Your Back” for the 2011-12 season. In order to accomplish this, you had to score a 99-yard touchdown with Jennings.
The video also made its way to Jennings, who commented on it several times.
“I thought it was the sweetest thing ever. I am like, ‘I finally made it.’ I don’t know if I was ever going to make it in football, but I made it on YouTube. The guy [who made the video] is the best,” Jennings said on George Lopez’s former late-night show.
The former Packers receiver said some of his teammates used to make fun of him for it, but he also said that when he played against the Falcons, he had to hear Thomas DeCoud say “Put your team on your back” every single play.
“It was fun to watch a lot of guys show me that in practice. I think the guy who put it together is more funny than the actual footage,” Jennings said of the video during Super Bowl media night . “I think it’s a unique video.”
Unfortunately, “Madden” updated its rules on injured players that allowed this video to happen in the first place, so it’s unlikely we ever get a moment like this again.
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